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Blackburn trades in phones for timber

POSTED: August 22, 2008 5:01 a.m.
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Evans Blackburn

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After 30 years, Evans Blackburn has decided to trade in his Planters Telephone installation gear to spend more time in wooded areas.

He isn’t retiring from working, but rather changing professions to become a timber buyer for Savannah River Timber.

Blackburn has been an installer and repairman with the Newington-based telephone company since Dec. 1, 1978. He currently is on leave from Planters and his official last day will be Dec. 1, making it an even 30 years with the business.

Blackburn, who personally owns 1,400 acres of timber land, sought a change.

“I wanted to see what it was like to be on the other side of the fence,” Blackburn said.

Savannah River Timber buys a variety — from cypress to standing pine to hardwood to pulp.

“We buy any kind of standing timber,” Blackburn said.

The timber company buys tracts of land five acres and larger in Effingham and all surrounding counties.

Although the Savannah River Timber coverage area includes part of two states, Blackburn said they do have connections with local business as they send cypress mulch to Hiltonia.

To contact Blackburn about a timber or land buy, call him at (912) 682-9239.

Along with Blackburn, the Savannah River Timber group includes company owner Jim Donnell, 33.3 percent owner Steve Lynch and buyers, Barry Neidlinger and Johnny Bell.

The office number is 754-1729.

When Blackburn isn’t buying timber, he has a 24 acre blueberry grove, which is one of just a few of its types in the area. He takes his berries to Alma for processing.

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