The timberland industry has been hit hard by the drought and the threat of climate change, which has seen timberland prices drop more than 80 percent since 2008.
While the industry has managed to survive on some timber, many others are struggling to survive.
The stakes are high, and they can only get higher.
The Morgan Brothers Millworks in Kentucky, which employs nearly 1,500 workers, is one of the companies that has suffered most.
The mill has been in the news recently for its plan to build two massive power plants in the middle of the state, which would produce enough electricity to power more than 100,000 homes and businesses.
While many of the mill’s employees have expressed frustration with the state’s response to the drought, the company has been forced to shut down production as it struggles to keep up with the demand.
“Our production capacity has been significantly reduced,” the company wrote in a letter to investors last month.
“Our mills are no longer able to generate the amount of electricity needed to operate them.”
The mill is one among several in Kentucky that have been forced into bankruptcy, including the Morgan, Morgan & Sons, and Morgan-Smith millworks.
A spokesman for the mill said it is looking to restructure its operations.
“We have not received a formal bankruptcy filing and have not entered into any such negotiations,” the spokesman said.
“The business is very much on life support and we have a limited number of employees to maintain our operations.”
At the Moragans Millworks, owner Robert and Joanna Morgan said they are struggling as the industry is losing money, but they have had enough of being blamed for the drought.
“It’s like blaming a rock,” Joanna said.
“People want to take money from us.
They say, ‘It’s the drought.’
But you can’t blame the drought for anything.
The people that are hurting the most are the ones that don’t have the money to rebuild their homes.”
The Moragins also said they have seen increased demand for their products in recent years.
“Our products are becoming more sought after by the community,” Joann said.
The Morazins said they plan to keep building and continue to expand, but the drought is also affecting the timber industry.
With a total of 5,400 acres, the Morazis Millworks is the largest timber mill in the state.
According to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, it is the fifth largest mill in Kentucky.
In response to a request for comment, a spokesman for Kentucky Agriculture Secretary Kevin Roberts declined to comment.
The mill’s owners have been trying to sell their property, but have had little luck so far.
“We’re very sad about it, and we’re looking to sell it,” Joanne said.
The Moragons have set up a GoFundMe page to raise money to help rebuild the mill.