Relief needed for Louisiana loggers impacted by COVID­19

Louisiana’s forestlands cover 48 percent of the state’s area. Loggers harvest this renewable resource to provide the raw materials for Louisiana’s second largest manufacturing employer – the forest products industry. Loggers are considered “essential businesses” and worked through the worst time of the virus’ spread. Industry was then able to produce the personal protective equipment, shipping containers and toilet paper that every citizen needs in their daily lives. Loggers live throughout rural Louisiana and their employees and their families depend on the logging business for their livelihoods. There are 560 loggers in Louisiana employing more than 4500 workers.

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 virus continues to impact the logging sector of our economy. Louisiana logging and trucking companies are being hard-hit by several months of reduced lumber and building material manufacturing. This is due to construction curtailments and until construction is back loggers are suffering from reduced production. It is estimated that since March of this year loggers’ production has dropped more than 30 percent.

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