Timber dropoff hits Nevada County coffers
October 9, 2007
NEVADA CITY ” Crop production values in Nevada County fell $13 million during the past decade as the timber industry cut fewer trees, according to Agricultural Commissioner Jeff Pylman.
“What happens to timber affects the overall a lot,” Pylman said.
Last year, county crops were valued at $16.3 million, down from $17.6 million in 2005 and $29.4 million a decade ago, according to Pylman’s annual farm and ranch production report. It includes timber, fruits, vegetables, pasture, nursery products and livestock.
Last year, 27.8 million board feet of timber was cut in Nevada County, which fell from 36.4 million board feet in 2005, further reducing the timber crop value.
The dropoff did not surprise Joe Griggs Jr., the logging manager for Robinson Enterprises in Nevada City.
“Most of our work has been in Sierra, Placer and El Dorado counties” in recent years, Griggs said. “It’s in our backyard, but across the county line.”
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The outlook could improve if Sierra Pacific Industries gives Robinson more logging jobs in Nevada County next year, because one large project could produce 9 to 10 million board feet, he said.
Private landowners also are sitting on timber they want harvested, because housing starts are down, he said.