Local logger adapts to a changing industry

While the logging industry has played a pivotal role in the Commonwealth's economic development and prosperity, with the housing market down and lumber prices falling local loggers like Shawn Sheeley of 4S Logging and Lumber, Inc. of Kersey have had to find additional ways of making ends meet. The focus of Sheeley's business has shifted from lumber sales to more of the land-clearing services needed in a range of projects, from abandoned mine reclamation to natural gas well site construction. Sheeley said the lumber industry in this area is on the decline, adding that pulp mills are currently overstocked and saw log prices and timber value are down significantly.