GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - Colorado companies involved in logging and related projects on national forests are getting back to work after chain saws were silenced and some workers sidelined by this month's partial government shutdown.
About 25 logging and trucking contractors for Montrose Forest Products were unable to work during the shutdown because the Forest Service prevented work on timber sale contracts on area forests.
Sawmill resource forester Norm Birtcher tells the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel) the shutdown cut the amount of materials coming into the mill for two weeks at a crucial time of the year when the mill is trying to stockpile inventory for the spring thaw.
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