Arbor Works employee Rafael Jurado buys coffee and donuts at Judy’s Donuts of Oakhurst from Judy Kong, left, and Outtary Kong. Judy Kong said loggers, brought in as a result of California’s tree mortality epidemic, have dramatically increased business at her shop. “Every morning they come,” Kong said. “I’m glad they’re here because they work so hard cutting down the trees. It has been great for us here.” The influx of tree cutters has boosted the Mountain Area economy by nearly $500,000 a month.
Arbor Works employee Rafael Jurado buys coffee and donuts at Judy’s Donuts of Oakhurst from Judy Kong, left, and Outtary Kong. Judy Kong said loggers, brought in as a result of California’s tree mortality epidemic, have dramatically increased business at her shop. “Every morning they come,” Kong said. “I’m glad they’re here because they work so hard cutting down the trees. It has been great for us here.” The influx of tree cutters has boosted the Mountain Area economy by nearly $500,000 a month. Mark Evan Smith Sierra Star
Arbor Works employee Rafael Jurado buys coffee and donuts at Judy’s Donuts of Oakhurst from Judy Kong, left, and Outtary Kong. Judy Kong said loggers, brought in as a result of California’s tree mortality epidemic, have dramatically increased business at her shop. “Every morning they come,” Kong said. “I’m glad they’re here because they work so hard cutting down the trees. It has been great for us here.” The influx of tree cutters has boosted the Mountain Area economy by nearly $500,000 a month. Mark Evan Smith Sierra Star

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