Sawdust in your blood

Orville Howe retires from Saratoga Forest Management after decades in the lumber industry

When Saratoga Forest Management first began operations in 2012—operating the sawmill once owned by Louisiana Pacific—it was big news for two reasons.

First, the sawmill had been closed since 2003 dealing a major blow to the local economy. Second, Saratoga Forest Management was processing the abundance of beetle-killed lodgepole pine. When newspapers descended upon Saratoga to report the news of the sawmill reopening, one of the people they spoke with was Orville Howe.

Howe and eight of his brothers had worked for Louisiana Pacific before it closed the sawmill. He had also worked for Hines Lumb...


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