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Aug 4, 2011 8:37 AM by Kate Richards

Relief to timber sale purchasers

The U.S. Forest Service says it will offer relief to timber sale purchasers.

The Forest Service says Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell will offer an option Thursday to timber sale purchasers designed to provide financial relief to the forest products industry.

Colorado Sen. Mark Udall has urged federal officials to rework old timber contracts to help keep Colorado's sawmills open.

Udall says the state's three sawmills - in Montrose, Saguache (suh-WAHCH') and Delta - are struggling because of the downturn in the housing market and lower demand for wood products.

Udall says contracts worked out with the federal government before the recession began don't provide them enough money to cover the costs of cutting down trees from the forest.

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