Local timber industry looking for new blood in workforce

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OZARK, Ala. (WDHN) — The demand for timber is increasing, but the number of those employed in the timber industry dwindles, according to Alabama Forestry officials from both Coffee and Dale counties..

The Forest Workforce Training Institute held a news conference to congratulate its most recent graduates. One of the graduates was Abbeville high principal and girl’s basketball coach Darryl Brooks.

He said when he retires from education, the 52-year-old would like to work in the woods.

“It’s always been in my blood,” Brooks said. “I have family members that … still is involved in logging, and it’s always been in my blood to be a logger so this will be my next profession.”

Nearly half of those in Alabama’s timber industry are 50 and older. If you would like more information on what jobs are available, go to the Alabama Forestry’s website, www.forestryworks.com.

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