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Loggers fight off poor conditions to beat sales record Submitted: 01/16/2018
Erin Beu
Erin Beu
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ebeu@wjfw.com

Loggers fight off poor conditions to beat sales record
ONEIDA COUNTY - Oneida County loggers saw a spike in sales this past year.

Local loggers say that record came as a surprise.

Enterprise Forest Products owner Dennis Schoeneck has been logging for more than 40 years.

"I've been through a lot of ups and downs," said Schoeneck.

One of those downs happened to be last year.
"It rained. It rained so much. [There was] so much rain we couldn't get a break," said Schoeneck.

But to Dennis's surprise, Oneida County broke a two-year-old timber sales record in 2017.

"We're just trying to do the best we can," said Schoeneck.

Oneida County Forestry Director John Bilogan says the record was half a million dollars more than their average annual sales.

"We brought in $1,925,000 worth of timber revenue," said Bilogan.

Bilogan says the extra money will go into the general fund to help other County departments.

"It only cost $600,000 to operate each year.
Everything above and beyond that goes to offset the levy," said Bilogan.

Despite the solid finical year, the rain from last year is still affecting the loggers now.

"The swamps are still mud. They are not freezing at all," said Schoeneck.

Dennis believes hard work and determination is what set the record with such poor conditions.

"Working extra hard, extra hours, taking advantage of the dry days when we had them," said Schoeneck.

Even though 2018 just started, Dennis believes this year the mills will be full due to a busy winter.

"They're building their inventory now. However, they're building it quite rapidly. So I'm a little bit concerned they're going to slow us down," said Schoeneck.

Regardless of what 2018 brings Dennis has a plan.

"Whatever the weather, whatever happens, I know God has a good plan for me. So I keep moving forward," said Schoeneck.



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