Spruce and fir logs are stacked at Pleasant River Lumber in Enfield. Credit: Linda Coan O'Kresik / BDN

The warm winter weather is not just a problem for snowmobilers and skiers, it’s also keeping loggers out of the woods.

Dana Doran of the Professional Logging Contractors of Maine says loggers depend on frozen ground to cut wood without eroding soils, so winter is usually go time for logging contractors.

“This year is completely different, it’s almost a 180, we’re in the middle of what seems to be mud season conditions right now, and for the last couple of weeks. A lot of contractors, I’d say the majority of them, have had to shut down for long periods of time,”

Doran says many mill yards at both pulp and paper plants and sawmills are virtually empty, at a time of year when they should be brimming with wood. And as climate change causes milder Maine winters, Doran says January thaws seem to be getting more frequent, and longer.

This story appears through a media partnership with Maine Public.