CAMAS, Wash. — The Camas paper mill will eliminate 280 to 300 jobs next year as it restructures its operations.

The mill's owner, Georgia-Pacific, announced Tuesday it will shut down the following operations at the mill by the second quarter of 2018: communication papers machine, fine paper converting assets, pulping operations and related equipment.

The mill will maintain its tissue manufacturing operation.

Georgia-Pacific said the reason for the change is because of a "continued decline in demand for communication papers."

Conversations about severance and benefits packages for the employees who will lose jobs are underway.

"We know this will be difficult for Camas employees and their families who ultimately will be affected by this decision," said Monty Brown, vice president for Georgia-Pacific's Consumer Products paper operations. "We are committed to work with employees to find ways to minimize the difficulty as best we can."