With a nationwide freight driver shortage surpassing 63,000, bigger forest fires driving coordinated efforts at fuels reduction, and a robust local timber industry, logging contractors are increasingly in demand. So folks at Idaho Forest Group (IFG), North Idaho College, and Wes Olson Trucking have joined forces for a solution: A new log truck driving course to be delivered by NIC’s Workforce Training Center.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service (USFS) announced today a new strategy. for managing catastrophic wildfires and the impacts of invasive species, drought, and insect and disease epidemics.
The Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) and other parties are reaching out to various stakeholder groups right now to gauge support for the Central Idaho Land Exchange.
(Athol, Idaho, April 10, 2018) – Idaho Forest Group (IFG), a lumber producer in the Inland Northwest, has acquired the Merritt Brothers Finger Joint mill located in Athol, Idaho. Erol Deren, IFG VP of Sales and Marketing, commented “This acquisition gives us the opportunity to learn the value-added finger-joint manufacturing process. It will enable further utilization of the fiber resource and compliments our other facilities making the most of the logs that we procure for our mills. We will carefully evaluate the capital needs of this site and invest accordingly.” Buck and Wayne Merritt started Merritt Brothers Lumber Company in 1968 when they purchased an old sawmill in Priest River, Idaho. In 1990 they bought the Athol site and eventually sold off their Priest River location. Herb Janhsen, VP of Merritt Brothers, congratulated IFG stating “We wish IFG a prosperous future. We are happy to see the mill continue to move forward and offer employment opportunities to our valued team members. We are thankful for the hard work our employees have put in over the years.”