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Figure 9. Landing area and oxen teams used for skidding logs.

Processing and Marketing of Timber

An additional difficulty encountered by cooperatives when expanding into

logging is marketing a new product. The resin market in Honduras is characterized by

almost no choices. The timber market, on the other hand, is extraordinarily complex.

There are dozens of options to choose from when selling logs or lumber, and good

decisions can determine whether the venture will make or lose money. Furthermore, all

but two of the study cooperatives have experience in processing their own lumber.

Owning a sawmill and processing logs the cooperative produces can be effective in

adding more value to the product and producing more employment in the communities,

thus maximizing benefits obtained from logging. The costs of the additional benefits are

increased risk and initial investment. A sawmill is a large investment, and it adds new

layers of potential problems.

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