Q&A: Meet the woman leading the Bay Area’s last remaining redwood sawmill through wildfire, pandemic

DAVENPORT — When Janet McCrary Webb was 5 years old, she announced there was only one career path for her: working at the family mill, Big Creek Lumber Co.

On Saturdays, her father, Frank “Lud” McCrary, would take her along to the sawmill he co-founded in 1946 with his late brother, Bud, their father and uncle. She loved riding the forklifts and eagerly agreed when the yard guys put her to work sweeping and picking up trim ends.


When her high school classes were done for...