The forestry industry in North Carolina is facing a major disruption with the imminent closure of the Pactiv Evergreen paper mill in Canton.
The mill currently provides a market for one-third of the pulp wood in the state, which is harvested from the forest, and its loss will have significant implications for the industry, which generated over $20 billion annually and accounts for 2% of the state's economic output. According to experts, the closure of the mill will impact the sustainability, management, and health of forests, as well as pose a challenge for finding alternative markets for pulp wood. This article examines the various issues faced by the forestry industry in the wake of the Canton mill closure and the potential solutions that could help address these challenges.
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