Warm Springs Forest Products Industries will cut 65 jobs Feb. 2, tribal officials said. The tribal council made the decision after nearly two months of analyzing the timber mill's situation, said tribal spokesman Nat Shaw. The company employs 208 people. Shaw said the tribes' Integrated Resource Management Plan reduced the annual allowable cut of trees to a base level of 48 million board feet per year by the end of 2000. "WSFPI simply doesn't harvest enough timber to support as many shifts as before," Shaw said. "The 65 people who are losing their jobs is equal to about one entire shift." The mill will help employees who have been laid off to find jobs, he said. Low timber prices had already caused the company to lose $3.8 million as of Oct. 1.
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