Timber still a stalwart in Santiam Canyon

A quarter-century after the heated political battles over protections for Opal Creek, timber companies have adjusted to changes in the available resources as well as the markets.

Investing, retooling and gauging various markets are more important for the Freres or the Frank companies today.

Freres employs 480 workers with its veneer, plywood and trucking operations out of Mill City and Lyons. Franks employs 120 at its Mill City site.

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