USFS to grant Tricon Timber project an extension

A quandary that threatened the existence of one of the few large sawmill operations left in Montana moved toward resolution Friday evening.

A spokeswoman said Sen. Jon Tester had just received written assurance from the U.S. Forest Service that Tricon Timber’s Aug. 12 deadline to complete an expensive helicopter logging project near Thompson Falls will be extended if a permanent agreement isn’t hammered out soon.

“That’s the best news I’ve heard in quite awhile,” said a relieved Ken Verley, who owns the St. Regis mill.


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