Suwannee Democrat

Suwannee Democrat

October 4, 2012

Is there enough wood for Klausner sawmill?

Live Oak — At a mid-September county commission meeting, the board voted 3-1 to roll out the red carpet for Klausner Lumber One, LLC, a company who could eventually install a multi-million dollar state-of-the-art sawmill in Suwannee County near the interchange of US 90 and I-10. Although it’s not written in stone that Klausner is coming to town, questions still linger as to if this company can sustain itself and be profitable in this area.

Klausner is still considering sites in North and South Carolina.

Suwannee County has people who are ready to go to work to prepare the potential site for Klausner, but does this area have the wood for manufacturing?

“Our calculations indicate that at 375 million board feet of timber needed annually after it is built, the Klausner mill will require approximately 300 truckloads of timber per day,” stated Jarek Nowak, forest utilization specialist with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

“Based on the U.S. Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis data for Florida, after the current use by existing sawmills is accounted for, there is approximately 128 million board feet of pine saw timber available annually from private land in Florida within 100 mile radius from Live Oak,” Nowak said. “This number does not account for whatever timber resources might be available from publicly owned timberlands in Florida, nor does it account for any timber available in neighboring states.”

Three hundred truckloads will bring in approximately one million board feet per day.

It has also been noted that there are 40 sawmills in operation within a 75-mile radius of Live Oak.

Klausner has stated in its development agreement they will be specializing in yellow pine. There are four types of species that are referred to when using that term and these include: loblolly, slash, long leaf and short leaf pine. The 128 million board feet that is currently available for use is calculated using only those four types of species and only includes pine trees that are at least nine inches in diameter.


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