Tour of Rough & Ready

All PCPs and other interested Republicans are invited to a special tour of the Rough & Ready mill on Thursday, July 26, at 9:30 AM. This is a fascinating tour and you’re guaranteed to learn a lot. The tour lasts about 2 hours and, afterward, the Phillippis are generously providing sandwiches for a picnic lunch at Rough & Ready Park.

Rough & Ready is located at 30365 Redwood Hwy in Cave Junction. If you’d like to carpool, please meet up with us at Albertsons, 1690 Allen Creek Rd, at 8:30 AM.

RSVP (appreciated but not required) to Bill Ertel at 541-218-6538 or

    Rough & Ready has been in business for 90 years. Their core business is high quality shop lumber sold to door and window manufacturers, specialized timbers, and long lengths (up to 32′). At the peak of timber production in our county, Rough & Ready operated three shifts, employing 225 people at family wage jobs. Today, because of reduced timber harvests, they only operate one shift and employ 80 people. They produce 25 million board feet per shift per year. With three shifts, they have the capacity to produce 75 million board feet per year.

    The Rogue-Siskiyou National Forest (USFS) plus the Medford BLM together GROW about one BILLION board feet per year. With fire suppression and no timber harvest that annual in-growth on our local forests creates a severe forest health problem. The density makes the forest weak, attracts insect infestations, and sets up the forest for catastrophic fire–instead of the historical (and healthy) frequent, low-intensity fire regime.

    Rough & Ready could survive each year on just road-side salvage and hazard tree removal, but the federal government doesn’t even take advantage of that opportunity.

Visit Rough & Ready’s Web site at