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Department of Ag launches new wood finder website


PIERRE, S.D.-The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) has launched a new Log Finder website to connect those wanting to remove trees on their property with those looking for wood. The website can be found at http://sdda.sd.gov/conservation-forestry/biomass-utilization/.



According to the SDDA state forester and director of the Resource Conservation and Forestry Division, Ray Sowers, “There is a lot of wood ending up in landfills from trees that are being cut down. There are also small sawmill owners, particularly in eastern South Dakota, that are looking for fine hardwoods they can cut into boards for making fine products. With this website, we hope to bring those with trees together with those wanting the wood.”



Use of the site is not limited to people in eastern South Dakota. “Anyone in the state with trees they want removed can post information on the site. Also, anyone looking for trees can post information about what they are looking for,” said Sowers.



People with trees to be removed will post their information as sellers. People that want to obtain trees for making wood products can post their information as buyers. Buyers and sellers can communicate through a secure messaging system. Personal contact information is not shared until they choose to provide it through the messaging system.



People can also post a picture of the tree or trees they want removed.



“Hopefully, this site will help improve the utilization of trees that were once destined for a landfill, and create some jobs that go along with a growing wood products industry,” said Sowers.



For more information, contact Greg Josten with SDDA at 605.394.2395.



Agriculture is South Dakota's No. 1 industry, generating over $21 billion in annual economic activity and employing more than 122,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's mission is to promote, protect, preserve and improve this industry for today and tomorrow. Visit us online athttp://sdda.sd.gov or find us on Facebook and Twitter.