• Forest industries also benefit
    September 08,2013
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    Piping lower-cost natural gas to International Paper in New York would aid Vermont’s economy.
    Since 1932, my family has been helping to manage Vermont forests while building our small, family-owned business and contributing to the economy.

    As the third-generation owner of Weston Pulpwood Sales in Essex, we’re happy to be customer of Vermont Gas. About 20 years ago, we converted all of our buildings, garages and homes to natural gas. Vermont Gas has been a great company to work with.

    From the earliest days of the business during the Depression, my grandfather trucked Vermont wood over to International Paper. More than 80 years later, they’re still an important customer. About 15 percent of the raw material that IP uses to make paper comes from Vermont.

    At any logging job site, there are a lot of professionals working hard. We have foresters, truckers, tree cutters, equipment operators and landing crews. They depend on the market that International Paper provides, and the natural gas project Vermont Gas had proposed for Addison and Rutland counties will help this partnership continue.

    In the woods, every part of the tree is used. Saw logs become boards used to build homes around Vermont. The straightest trees are used as telephone poles. Chip wood is trucked to generating plants as a renewable energy source. And the pulpwood is used by companies like International Paper to make high-quality paper products.

    International Paper has been a great company to work with for more than 80 years. With the new Vermont Gas pipeline, they can help our forests and economy thrive.

    Wayne Cota is an owner of Weston Pulpwood Sales in Essex.
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