Maine’s sawmills finally can compete against Canada’s subsidized lumber

Originally Published in Bangor Daily News by Joshua Brochu, Special to the BDN

For more than three generations, my family has been in the forestry business. Pleasant River Lumber employs 300 people in our four mills in Maine. In our time, we have seen the ups and downs that come with the job.

Some of the challenges we face are right in our backyard, like unpredictable weather, challenging transportation infrastructure and an ever-changing political climate in our state. Other challenges come from farther away in places like Washington, D.C.

We can use our years of experience to mitigate and adapt to the local challenges, but we find ourselves with fewer solutions when facing unfair trade practices from foreign governments. For as long as I have been in this industry, lumber mills and workers across the country have been harmed by the actions of the Canadian government.

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