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Nova Scotia forest industry airs concerns over mill closure during AGM

By Keith Doucette
The Canadian Press in Canadian Manufacturing
February 13, 2020
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

HALIFAX — Dozens of people from Nova Scotia’s forestry industry pressed their concerns Feb. 12 over the sector’s future to members of a government transition team tasked with providing assistance following the closure of the Northern Pulp mill. Woodlot owners, sawmill operators, and industry contractors packed a hotel… for a chance to provide feedback to team chairwoman Kelliann Dean and to Julie Towers, deputy minister of the province’s Lands and Forestry Department. …“We should talk about alternative markets but we don’t have anything tomorrow,” Matt Willett, of Wagner Forest Management, told the gathering. …Robin Wilber, president of Elmsdale Lumber Company, questioned whether the province wants the mill to reopen at some point. …Jim Verboom of Nova Tree Company in Debert, NS, said there’s an air of anger, fear and mistrust over the government’s decision.

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