Nebraska’s wood products business is growing.
The Nebraska Forest Service reports there are roughly 100 full-time and part-time sawmills in the state. There were about 60 mills just seven years ago.
Scott Josiah, Nebraska state forester, says the effort to remove Eastern Red Cedars from pasture land is helping the industry grow.
“It’s a really valuable wood. Actually, the second most valuable wood we have in Nebraska, just below walnut,” Josiah tells Nebraska Radio Network. “And it has export potential. There’s a mill that exports (cedar) to China.”