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Letter From President - Rob Paradise

And all at once, summer collapsed into fall—Oscar Wilde

Summer, as always, seemed to fly by and the now sunset creeps in earlier every day. However, daylight is not the biggest challenge to complete tasks this year. Traditionally speaking once Labor Day passes most vacations have been taken, children are back in school and work forces are fully stocked we see things stabilize. This year it seems that a lot of places, either in our industry or out, are still having labor struggles. Supply chains are erratic and finding enough work force to meet customer demands seems to be the biggest concern I hear. The spring craze of “I cannot find enough lumber fast enough” seems to have calmed down to some degree where buyer can source lumber. However, the challenge of having enough work force to get jobs done continues. While demand for labor continues to be high, demand for lumber remains strong and I sense this will continue through the rest of the year. The only thing I think we will see dropping this fall will be the leaves on the trees.

Autumn is the time where the forest comes to the forefront of a lot of people’s minds. All of us in the industry, we get to enjoy all the beauty that is offered year-round. The changing of the colors, hunting season and cutting firewood brings more people into the woods now than any other time of the year. As the days get shorter, enjoy the outdoors for as long as possible then as dusk approaches enjoy a hayride or a haunted house, whatever your favorite fall tradition is.

Rob Paradise
Devereaux Sawmill
LSLA President

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