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  • Idaho logging salvage project could be national model for wildfire job programs

    03/21/2017 11:54:38 AM PDT · by Twotone · 8 replies
    Idaho Statesman ^ | March 19, 2017 | David Leroy
    In the last 30 years, the amount of federal timber available for sale in most of America’s national forests has been reduced between 70 and 99 percent. A University of Idaho study suggests that forest and wood product production jobs in this state have diminished from nearly 20,000 in 1991 to 12,479 in 2016. An unreliable and constricted supply of logs has been the largest factor forcing mill closures in Idaho towns like Kamiah, Orofino, Coeur d’Alene and Elk City. Over that quarter of a century, some 7,500 Idaho forest-dependent families have lost the employment, homes and lifestyle they once...
  • Last stand for Europe's remaining ancient forest as loggers prepare to move in

    05/31/2016 8:51:08 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 28 replies ^ | 18 May 2016 | Arthur Neslen
    Europe’s last primeval forest is facing what campaigners call its last stand as loggers prepare to start clear-cutting trees, following the dismissal of dozens of scientists and conservation experts opposed to the plan. Poland’s new far right government says logging is needed because more than 10% of spruce trees in the Unesco world heritage site of Białowieża are suffering from a bark beetle outbreak. But nearly half the logging will be of other species, according to its only published inventory. Oak trees as high as 150 feet that have grown for 450 years could be reduced to stumps under the...
  • Deal approved to protect grizzly bear habitat in Montana ( Donald Molloy )

    10/10/2015 11:13:51 AM PDT · by george76 · 74 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10-10-2015 | Laura Zuckerman
    A U.S. judge on Friday approved a deal between conservationists and Montana officials to restrict road-building and logging in roughly 22,000 acres of state forest lands that make up core habitat for federally protected grizzlies. The agreement resolves a lawsuit brought by conservationists after the state had sought to open 37,000 acres , mostly in the Stillwater State Forest, to timber harvesting despite what environmentalists said would be the destruction of prime grizzly bear territory. ... U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy in a decision last year found the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service violated the Endangered Species Act by...
  • US rejects protections for greater sage grouse across West

    09/22/2015 7:19:05 AM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    Townhall ^ | Sep 22, 2015 | Gruver
    The Interior Department said Tuesday that the greater sage grouse, a ground-dwelling bird whose vast range spans 11 Western states, does not need federal protections ... The fight over whether to list the bird as endangered or threatened recalled the battle over the spotted owl 25 years ago, where federal protection greatly impeded the logging economy. ... could help defuse a potential political liability for Democrats heading into the 2016 election; ... House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop said Tuesday's announcement was a "cynical ploy" intended to mask the fact that the Obama administration has imposed limits on development...
  • Blame for Oregon Forest Fires Falls on Feds, Says Logging Industry

    08/23/2015 4:56:04 PM PDT · by Twotone · 31 replies
    GoLocalPDX ^ | Aug. 21, 2015 | Brendan Murray
    Oregon is in the midst of its third consecutive summer of severe forest fires, and industry professionals say logging limits on federal land are largely to blame. The fires have already made their costs felt, as the Oregon Department of Forestry has already spent an estimated $25 million to date on this year’s blazes. This comes on the heels of two consecutive severe seasons in 2013 and 2014, the former of which was the most destructive wildfire season in the state’s history.
  • Threatened bird showing up at higher elevations [ Colorado: yellow-billed cuckoo ]

    01/20/2015 6:54:00 AM PST · by george76 · 31 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | January 19, 2015 | Dennis Webb
    Expert says western yellow-billed cuckoo may be more prevalent than first thought. Paonia ornithologist Jason Beason likes to say that there are a lot of cuckoos out there. The line is good for laughs at presentations like the talks he gave in the Roaring Fork Valley last week, and it accurately reflects the fact that dozens of species of cuckoos populate the Earth in both the Old and New Worlds. These include birds people might not immediately think of as being cuckoos, such as the greater roadrunner in the southwestern United States. But in the case of the cuckoo of...
  • Sage grouse's fate shaping energy development in US West

    12/04/2014 1:00:37 PM PST · by george76 · 30 replies
    Standard Examiner ^ | December 04, 2014 | MATTHEW BROWN and MEAD GRUVER
    Sales of leases on 8.1 million acres of federal oil and gas parcels — an area larger than Massachusetts and Rhode Island combined — are on hold because of worries that drilling could harm greater sage grouse... the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s delay on the parcels underscores just how much is at stake for an industry that finds its future inextricably intertwined with a bird once known primarily for its elaborate mating display. The grouse’s huge range, covering portions of 11 states and an area more than four times as big as New England, includes vast oil, gas and...
  • Deadline set for Southeast wolf listing decision [ Alaska ]

    09/24/2014 9:48:40 PM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies
    Raven Radio ^ | September 23, 2014 | Joe Viechnicki
    The Center for Biological Diversity, Greenpeace and the Boat Company sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this year seeking a timely decision on their petition to list the Alexander Archipelago wolf under the Endangered Species Act. ... The petitioners want greater protection for wolves and their habitat on the Tongass National Forest. They argue that populations are declining and are vulnerable to hunting and trapping pressure along with loss of habitat from logging on the 17-million acre national forest. In particular, they cite past and future logging on Prince of Wales Island
  • Ramping up is hard to do when logging in northern Arizona

    08/03/2014 3:06:59 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    Arizona Daily Sun ^ | August 1, 2014 | Eric Betz
    How do you turn hundreds of thousands of acres of smallish trees into a profitable product? If you’re the Campbell Group, contractors for the Four Forests Restoration Initiative, you do it the old-fashioned way: Convert timber into lumber. Company officials say they will forgo more costly biofuel efforts for now as they prepare to thin 300,000 acres of northern Arizona forests. But the company faces a challenge even larger than the small trees. The logging industry has all but vanished from this region of the country. To thin that many acres, they’ll need drastically more loggers, trucks and mills. At...
  • Journalism No Longer the Worst Job In America—Barely

    04/17/2014 7:40:48 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 10 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 17, 2014 | Don Irvine
    Journalism, which was ranked as the worst job in America last year, inched up a notch to finish at number 199, just ahead of lumberjack on CareerCast’s latest list of the top 200 best and worst jobs in the U.S. for 2014. By “worst jobs,” they are referring to employment opportunities. This is a reversal of last year when lumberjack came in at 199, after finishing at number 200 in 2012. Neither job has a very bright future, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimating that logging positions will drop by 9% by 2022, and reporters by 13%. Logging has...
  • GOP forum: Candidates agree on forest control ( Oregon )

    03/18/2014 6:08:14 PM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    Herald and News ^ | March 18, 2014 | Tipler
    Candidates squaring off in the Republican primary, seeking to unseat Democrat Jeff Merkley in November, all support turning Oregon federal forests over to local ownership. Jo Rae Perkins, former Linn County GOP Chair, noted 53 percent of Oregon land is owned by the federal government. “This land should not be owned by the federal government. It needs to go back to the state and back into private ownership. Let the people take care of the land,” Perkins said. “We’ve got environmentalists who don’t even live in Oregon who want to bring a lawsuit against every timber sale there is. And...
  • Salvage of Burned Timber in Full Swing on Private Lands ( Oregon )

    01/06/2014 7:54:33 AM PST · by george76 · 5 replies
    The News-Review ^ | 1/6/14 | Chuck Benson
    Salvage logging on lands burned by last summer's Douglas Complex wildfire in southwestern Oregon is in full swing on privately owned forests, but not on public lands. ... On BLM lands, federal environmental laws require a lengthy planning process that includes the public. The Douglas Complex fires burned through 76 square miles on a patchwork of public and private lands.
  • Federal judge rules no off-road vehicles on Richfield BLM lands ( Utah )

    11/08/2013 6:00:04 PM PST · by george76 · 26 replies
    KSL Broadcasting ^ | November 5th, 2013 | Amy Joi O'Donoghue
    SALT LAKE CITY — A coalition of conservation groups is hailing a federal judge's ruling Monday to strike down portions of the Richfield Bureau of Land Management plan they said gave deference to off-road vehicles at the expense of the environment. "This landmark decision is a resounding rejection of the BLM’s mismanagement of Utah’s stunning public lands,” said Stephen Bloch, legal director for the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. ... The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance was among seven groups that filed a legal challenge to the Bush-era plans following their adoption in 2008, contending they imperiled pristine landscapes. The Richfield plan...
  • Mayor: Poor TN farming community will suffer if feds buy up land

    11/10/2013 7:57:13 PM PST · by george76 · 27 replies
    Tennessee Watchdog ^ | November 8, 2013 | Chris Butler
    Tennessee’s second poorest county will suffer even more if the federal government buys 120,000 acres of land in that area, near Memphis, all for the stated purpose of wildlife preservation, said that county’s mayor. Lauderdale County Mayor Rod Schuh told Tennessee Watchdog Friday that his county, while poor, relies on farming and agriculture as the primary drivers of its economy. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s plan to expand the Lower Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge, assuming it buys out as many properties as it can, will rob the county of its most valuable commodity, Schuh said. Primarily, almost 60 percent of...
  • Scientists oppose logging bills in Congress

    11/02/2013 4:50:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 2, 2013 6:22 PM EDT | Scott Sonner
    More than 200 biologists, ecologists and other scientists are urging Congress to defeat legislation they say would destroy critical wildlife habitat by setting aside U.S. environmental laws to speed logging of burned trees at Yosemite National Park and other national forests and wilderness areas across the West. The experts say two measures pushed by pro-logging interests ignore a growing scientific consensus that the burned landscape plays a critical role in forest regeneration and is home to many birds, bats and other species found nowhere else. …
  • Radical Environmentalists Have Blood of 19 Arizona Firefighters on Their Hands

    08/05/2013 6:31:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies ^ | August 5, 2013 | Rachel Alexander
    Nineteen firefighters died fighting a forest fire in Arizona earlier this summer. Curiously, almost no one is talking about why it happened, only that it was a tragedy. Arizona Deputy State Forestry Director Jerry Payne has been the only one to speak out about the cause, and he backtracked immediately afterwards, apologizing for what he said. He claimed that the superintendent of the Granite Mountain Hotshots violated wildlife safety protocols while fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire on June 30th, 2013, 60 miles north of Phoenix. According to Payne, the superintendent’s violations allegedly included not knowing the location of the fire,...
  • Editorial: Sen. Wyden disappoints, fails to deliver meaningful timber plan

    05/30/2013 5:58:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    The News-Review ^ | May 29, 2013
    U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden’s long-anticipated plan for the Oregon & California Railroad trust lands amounts to a bold call for — input. Anyone who thought that Wyden would propose something specific has to be disappointed. Nevertheless, people as prominent and impatient as Gov. John Kitzhaber dutifully issued stilted remarks thanking Wyden for his “leadership.” Tongues had to be firmly in cheek. No one dared point out that the chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee had again failed to do anything to help the people who inhabit a large part of his state. Instead of legislation, Wyden offered...
  • Supreme Court sides with timber industry in logging road runoff dispute

    03/20/2013 8:56:20 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 56 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | March 20, 2013 | AP
    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with timber interests in a dispute over the regulation of runoff from logging roads in western forests. In a 7-1 vote, the court reversed a federal appeals court ruling that held that muddy water running off roads used in industrial logging is the same as any other industrial pollution, requiring a Clean Water Act permit from the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • NM legislation to take federal lands

    02/02/2013 5:35:33 PM PST · by george76 · 42 replies
    Ruidoso News ^ | 01/31/2013 | Jim Kalvelage
    Legislation that would move the ownership and management of U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands in New Mexico to the state has been introduced at the Roundhouse. The Transfer of Public Lands Act is sponsored by Rep. Yvette Herrell, R-Alamogordo, and Sen. Richard C. Martinez, D-Espanola... Herrell said New Mexico has a rich history of farming, ranching, hunting, fishing and oil drilling. "In our past we have also had a thriving timber industry that is unfortunately near nonexistent ... ... A healthy timber industry, managed responsibly by New Mexicans, would not only help our economy by creating...
  • Thanksgiving eve surprise: Feds to block off 9M acres for spotted owl

    11/22/2012 8:46:38 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 51 replies
    Human Events ^ | November 21, 2012 | Audrey Hudson
    The Obama administration announced with little fanfare Thanksgiving eve plans to lock up nine million acres of land for the endangered Northern Spotted Owl. The plan would double the amount of public forest lands proposed by the Bush administration for the owl’s habitat in Oregon, Washington and Northern California, and is expected to severely limit commercial activities like logging. Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Wash.), chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, said he is concerned the plan will cost taxpayers millions of dollars. “Expanding the Northern Spotted Owl’s critical habitat will further endanger the timber industry, the thousands of jobs that...
  • Lolo National Forest re-examines Colt-Summit timber sale to lift Molloy's block

    08/18/2012 1:44:00 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    ap ^ | August 17, 2012
    The U.S. Forest Service has re-examined the effects of a logging project on lynx habitat in an attempt to lift a judge's block of the Lolo National Forest project. U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy ruled in June that the Forest Service did not properly analyze the cumulative effects of the 2,038-acre Colt-Summit project on lynx habitat.

    07/26/2012 2:17:53 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 7 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 26,2012 | Tyler O'Neil
    Zubrin told the Free Beacon that logging would solve the problem. “Logging as part of a program of rational forest management” could decrease the risk of fire by “thinning out mature trees that are the pine beetles’ major targets,” and creating “gaps between forests, to act as firebreaks and beetle-breaks,” he said. If “you turn that wood into furniture, it doesn’t turn into CO2,” Zubrin said. Green activists “don’t care if a billion tons of wood turns into CO2,” so long as people are not responsible. However, Joshua Ruschhaupt, director of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Sierra Club, told...
  • Loggers: Forest Service policies thwart logging

    06/14/2012 5:47:20 PM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    ap ^ | June 14, 2012 | BEN NEARY
    As crews continue to face off against a fast-moving wildfire in northern Colorado, some in the timber industry say the area's fire danger has been heightened by U.S. Forest Service policies and an economy that discourages them from harvesting millions of acres of dead trees that stand ready to burn. The High Park Fire burned has about 80 square miles west of Fort Collins, Colo. It is 15 to 20 percent contained but has been active on its west flank, where there are many beetle-killed trees... As bad as the fire has been, timber experts say the forests of northern...
  • Saving rare woodpecker may slow Lake Tahoe logging

    06/01/2012 5:29:48 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 37 replies ^ | 6/1/12 | Associated Press
    A conservation group says rare woodpecker chicks in burned forest stands at Lake Tahoe won't survive if the U.S. Forest Service proceeds with a contentious post-fire logging project. Leaders of the John Muir Project in the Sierra are pressing the agency to postpone cutting around the trees until after the nesting season in August. They are hoping for a ruling by then on their appeal to the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court aimed at blocking what's left of the salvage operation. The logging is in an area where a fire burned more than 250 homes in 2007. Group director Chad Hanson...
  • APNewsBreak: Protection sought for rare woodpecker [More forest fires needed!]

    05/02/2012 6:04:42 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 2, 2012, 7:04 PM EDT | SCOTT SONNER
    Smokey Bear has done such a good job stamping out forest fires the past half-century that a woodpecker that's survived for millions of years by eating beetle larvae in burned trees is in danger of going extinct in parts of the West, according to conservationists seeking U.S. protection for the bird. Four conservation groups filed a petition with the U.S. Interior Department on Wednesday to list the black-backed woodpecker under the Endangered Species Act in the Sierra Nevada, Oregon's Eastern Cascades and the Black Hills of eastern Wyoming and western South Dakota. It is the first federal petition to recognize...
  • Senate transportation bill funds more federal government land grabs

    03/19/2012 5:08:29 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies ^ | March 19, 2012 | Rebekah Rast
    The U.S. Senate has approved of a $109 billion bill that provides two years of funding for transportation and transit projects around the country. The bill may or may not be taken up by the U.S. House Representatives depending on if they choose to write a separate House bill, but hopefully what will be left out of any final version is an amendment by Montana U.S. Sen. Max Baucus. His amendment funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to the tune of $1.4 billion for fiscal years 2013 and 2014 — quite a jump from the $323 million it...
  • Man cuts off toes to escape

    08/31/2011 9:30:28 AM PDT · by GSWarrior · 19 replies
    Grand Junction Sentinel ^ | 8/30/11 | William Woody
    MONTROSE — Semi-retired logger John Hutt has always known his line of work is dangerous. Working alone in a remote wilderness in San Miguel County the morning of Aug. 19, he was forced to cut off all of the toes on his right foot after nearly six tons of machinery slipped and pinned his foot. Hutt used a 3-inch pocketknife to sever his toes from the machinery. The 61-year-old later drove to a parking lot near the Ridgway Dam, where an ambulance arrived to take him to Montrose Memorial Hospital. Hutt didn’t face the prospect of waiting several lonely days...
  • Court: reaffirms that muddy water is pollution

    05/17/2011 1:09:56 PM PDT · by SmithL · 49 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 5/17/11 | JEFF BARNARD, AP Environmental Writer
    Grants Pass, Ore. (AP) -- A federal appeals court has reaffirmed that muddy water running off logging roads after rainstorms is pollution that requires a special permit from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Environmental group (The Center for Biological Diversity) sues California to halt logging

    01/29/2010 3:31:45 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 313+ views
    LA Times ^ | 1/29/10 | Margot Roosevelt
    Will clear-cutting forests increase global warming? That's a contentious issue as California, which is seeking to slash its carbon footprint, wrestles over rules to manage the state's private forests. The Center for Biological Diversity, a Tucson-based environmental group, this week filed lawsuits against the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection in seven California counties to halt logging plans for 5,000 acres across the Sierra Nevada and Cascade regions. The group contends that the agency approved the projects without properly analyzing carbon emissions and climate consequences under the California Environmental Quality Act. "Clear-cutting is an abysmal practice that should have...
  • Earth First! co-founder reflects on technology, protests, environmental battles ahead in new book

    10/28/2009 11:25:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies · 509+ views
    Missoulian ^ | October 27, 2009 | ROB CHANEY
    Earth First! made headlines with its tree-spiking in the 1980s, but the guy who helped make the anti-logging tactic famous didn't invent it. Mike Roselle even titled one chapter of his new book "Why I Quit Spiking Trees." In it, the co-founder of Earth First!, the Rainforest Action Network and the Ruckus Society described how the practice brought old-growth timber cutting to national awareness, but became a public relations disaster for the protesters. "I think the Wobblies can take credit for it if they want, but it's been around as long as logging," Roselle said, referring to the Industrial Workers...
  • Limits on Logging Are Reinstated

    07/16/2009 5:20:48 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 12 replies · 546+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 16, 2009 | Felicity Barringer
    In a move to protect endangered species, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced Thursday that his department had reversed a Bush administration decision to double the amount of logging allowed in and around old-growth forests in western Oregon. Veering between swipes at “indefensible” moves by the Bush administration and pledges to step up noncontroversial timber sales, Mr. Salazar said in a conference call with reporters that he was reinstating a compromise reached 15 years ago to limit logging with the goal of protecting watersheds, trout and salmon fisheries and endangered birds like the northern spotted owl. “Today we are taking action...
  • Obama admin green lights logging(DUmmies are outraged)

    07/16/2009 4:31:57 PM PDT · by Typical_Whitey · 28 replies · 825+ views
    MNN ^ | 7/16/09 | Shea Gunther
    Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack gave his personal approval for a 381-acre clear-cut in America's largest stand of temperate rain forest. Not cool, President Obama. Not cool at all. The Obama administration has approved the sale of timber from the Tongass National Forest in Alaska. The 17-million acre forest is the largest stand of continuous temperate rain forest in the U.S. and contains a lot of old-growth trees. It's basically a snapshot of what the world looked like before we rolled heavy onto the scene. The U.S. Forest Service gave the green light for the sale after approval from Secretary...
  • Judge overturns Bush administration logging rule

    06/30/2009 5:58:18 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies · 844+ views
    AP ^ | June 30, 2009 | Jeff Barnard
    GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday struck down the Bush administration's change to a rule designed to protect the northern spotted owl from logging in national forests. U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled from Oakland, Calif., that the U.S. Forest Service failed to take a hard look at the environmental impacts of changing the rule to make it easier to cut down forest habitat of species such as the spotted owl and salmon on 193 million acres of national forests.
  • Obama administration supports a timeout on road building in national forests

    05/28/2009 3:03:04 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 13 replies · 608+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 28, 2009 | Jim Tankersley
    The U.S. Forest Service will announce a "timeout" on new road-building and other development in designated roadless areas of national forests today, sources say, prolonging a seesaw battle over a policy first announced in the waning days of the Clinton administration. The Roadless Area Conservation Rule, which former President Clinton issued shortly before leaving office in 2001, protects nearly 60 million acres of national forest land from logging and other development, largely in Western states. It has faced a protracted court battle that pitted conservation groups against the timber industry and several of those states. The Bush administration let the...
  • Obama Picks Spotted Owl Over Loggers

    04/01/2009 6:44:55 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 21 replies · 890+ views
    Associated Press ^ | April 1, 2009
    GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Department of the Interior has told a federal court that it will not defend the Bush administration's decision to cut back protections for the northern spotted owl. The action could affect logging in western Oregon.
  • Obama won't defend Bush's spotted owl cuts

    04/01/2009 11:31:05 AM PDT · by pissant · 4 replies · 853+ views
    SJ Merc News ^ | 4/1/09 | Jeff Barnyard
    GRANTS PASS, Ore.—The Obama administration has notified a federal court that it will not defend the Bush administration's decision to cut back protections for the northern spotted owl. In a motion filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., lawyers for the Department of Interior said they based the decision on an inspector general's report finding political interference in owl protections by a former deputy assistant Interior secretary, Julie MacDonald. If the spotted owl measures developed by the Bush administration are withdrawn, it would become difficult for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to go forward with plans to...
  • Not out of the woods (Layoffs)

    02/28/2009 12:46:59 PM PST · by mainestategop · 7 replies · 648+ views
    Bangor Daily rag ^ | Nick Sambides JR
    HOULTON, Maine — James Hogan was a logger at Louisiana Pacific Corp. for 21 years when he was first laid off in 2004. He spent four years scrounging odd jobs and selling personal property to keep solvent before getting hired as a woodloader at Treeline Inc. of Lincoln in July 2008. The 46-year-old town man had almost recovered from that financial disaster, clearing $600 for a 55-hour workweek, when Treeline laid him off on Jan. 28. Since then, Hogan has searched for logging work from Fort Fairfield to Bangor without success.
  • Land management act hurts environment (Enviroreasonable alert)

    02/04/2009 9:04:43 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 2 replies · 279+ views
    The Daily Journal (San Mateo County, CA) ^ | Wednesday Feburary 4, 2009 | Justin Wickett
    Whoever said that money doesn’t grow on trees was dead wrong. For years, my grandfather harvested and sold old-growth Redwood timbers to saw mills scattered throughout California’s Santa Cruz mountains. But that was before environmentalism went mainstream and the state introduced some of the world’s toughest rules and regulations to govern the logging industry. Gone are the monstrous bulldozers of my grandfather’s years that dragged felled virgin trees over the forest floor, destroying habitats and neglecting streams and rivers in their paths. Today, California’s timber harvest operations rely on a system of checks and balances. Registered foresters, technology-savvy loggers and...
  • Schwarzenegger's bid to save the rainforest (with Blogojevich and Doyle)

    11/21/2008 9:44:20 AM PST · by calcowgirl · 13 replies · 522+ views ^ | November 21 2008 | Duncan Clark
    Three US governors join forces with Indonesia and Brazil to keep carbon locked up in endangered tropical forests Though it didn't seems to make an enormous splash in the press, the deal reached this week between three US states, Indonesia and Brazil seems like a fairly big deal in terms of rainforest protection. The agreement was brokered at the climate summit convened by California's ecosavvy governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Along with fellow governors from Illinois and Wisconsin, Schwarzenegger signed an agreement that could see carbon credits earned from forest protection in Indonesia or Brazil incorporated into US emissions trading schemes. Partly,...
  • Researchers to torch beetle-killed trees in Rocky Mountain National Park

    11/15/2008 9:35:44 AM PST · by george76 · 16 replies · 1,009+ views
    summit daily news ^ | November 14, 2008 | Bob Berwyn
    An experimental fire planned for beetle-killed lodgepole pines in Rocky Mountain National Park should help determine when the trees are most flammable. Officials incessantly cite the increased risk of fire danger in beetle-killed forests as the prime reason to cut and thin dead lodgepole pines. But controlled burns also could prove a useful tool in treating blighted stands of pines, especially when it comes to regenerating new stands. The risk of a crown fire is thought to be greatest in stands comprised primarily of standing dead trees with red needles than among healthy, green trees. Sometime in the next few...
  • Greenpeace says has occupied timber export ship in PNG

    09/04/2008 5:37:52 AM PDT · by Abathar · 21 replies · 304+ views
    AFP via Yahoo! ^ | Thu Sep 4, 2008 | UNknown
    PORT MORESBY (AFP) - Environmental group Greenpeace said Thursday that its activists had boarded a logging ship in Papua New Guinea to prevent it exporting timber to China. Greenpeace Australia Pacific said four activists climbed on a loading crane aboard the ship Harbour Gemini at Paia Inlet on PNG's southwest coast to stop logs being loaded. Greenpeace argues the ship is being operated by Malaysian-owned logging company Rimbunan Hijau, which it accuses of breaking PNG's forestry laws. "We need to urgently protect these ancient forests to save our climate," Greenpeace campaigner Sam Moko said in a statement. "Greenpeace is asking...
  • An Oregon county could vanish along with timber payments

    07/13/2008 4:46:42 PM PDT · by george76 · 56 replies · 129+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | July 13, 2008 | MATTHEW PREUSCH
    Is it possible that one of Oregon's 36 counties could disappear? And if so, would anyone step in to provide basic services to its residents? The answer to the first question, according to many in and out of government, is yes, and soon. At least two Oregon counties, Curry and Josephine, warn they may stop providing state-mandated programs as soon as a year from now. But no one is sure who would step in to take over services such as elections and law enforcement, which has county leaders concerned and the state scrambling to put together a system for saving...
  • Top federal judges clear path for more logging (Amazing ruling for 9th Circuit)

    07/03/2008 7:27:22 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 104 replies · 746+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | July 3, 2008 | Michael Milstein
    Top federal judges ruled this week that their own court has gone too far in holding up logging projects, saying western judges from now on must show more deference to the agencies planning the cutting. The ruling involving an Idaho timber sale is a blow to environmental groups that have increasingly relied on federal courts to block projects they see as unsound. The decision is especially striking because it comes from the federal appeals court that encompasses most national forest land in the West and is known for its liberal bent and for often siding with environmental interests. The...
  • Tax increases, more logging proposed to rescue counties

    06/24/2008 8:37:39 PM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies · 149+ views
    The Register-Guard ^ | June 24, 2008 | Greg Bolt
    With two-thirds of Oregon county governments, including Lane County, facing financial crises, Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski on Monday urged residents to accept modest local property tax increases and more logging on federal forests to help stave off deep cuts in county law enforcement and other critical services. Those steps are just two of 54 recommendations in a task force report delivered to the governor on Monday. Kulongoski commissioned the report last year to address the imminent loss of about $238 million in annual federal timber payments, including $47 million a year to Lane County. The top recommendation was for Oregon...
  • Agriculture chief's priority: avoid jail

    02/24/2008 12:24:14 PM PST · by girlangler · 12 replies · 111+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 2/23/2008 | Matthew Daly
    Agriculture chief's priority: avoid jail By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press Writer Sat Feb 23, 10:12 AM ET WASHINGTON - He overhauled federal forest policy to cut more trees — and became a lightning rod for environmentalists who say he is intent on logging every tree in his reach. After nearly seven years in office, Agriculture Undersecretary Mark Rey still has a long to-do list. Near the top: Persuade a federal judge to keep him out of jail. Rey, a former timber industry lobbyist who has directed U.S. forest policy since 2001, also wants to set up state rules making it...
  • Timber is a resource — let’s use it

    02/15/2008 7:24:16 PM PST · by george76 · 27 replies · 110+ views
    The Register-Guard ^ | February 14, 2008 | Suzanne Penegor and Gienie Assink
    In the 1930s, when the United States was mired in a Great Depression, Congress wisely and with great vision approved the O&C Lands Act to guide the management of federal lands that once belonged to the Oregon & California Railroad... The act established a method for funding Oregon counties, allowing them to provide such vital services as public safety and road maintenance. Now, because of the efforts of the environmental movement and its litigious attorneys, the O&C funding formula that was successful for decades has been severed. Environmental groups and their allies argue that tourism can take the place of...
  • Mudslide photo spurs look at logging practices

    12/16/2007 12:37:03 AM PST · by BurbankKarl · 22 replies · 1,048+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 12/16/07 | Hal Bernton
    Nearly 3 ½ years ago, Weyerhaeuser asked state officials for approval to clear-cut 106 acres on a steep mountain slope fronting on Stillman Creek in Lewis County. This was a slide-prone drainage. But a Weyerhaeuser geologist found "no potentially unstable areas" in the area to be harvested and the state approved the logging. Earlier this month, the huge storm that enveloped Southwest Washington triggered numerous slides on this slope. Slides crashed into Stillman Creek, a major tributary of the South Fork of Chehalis River, adding to the destructive mix of mud, wood debris and floodwaters that inundated homes and farms...
  • Local log business looked at as model for state

    12/08/2007 2:43:21 PM PST · by george76 · 23 replies · 225+ views
    summit daily news ^ | December 8, 2007 | Lory Pounder
    Pine beetle kill trees have new purpose. Playing with Lincoln Logs as a child meant getting to be an architect constructing dream homes. Now, in Summit County, that toy is the inspiration for making those homes a reality while putting the lodgepole pine beetle kill trees to use. Using a log lathe machine, the bark is removed (which kills the pine beetle), smoothed and a notch is put in it similar to they way Lincoln Logs look so the logs will seamlessly fit together. And as this business has come together, it has gained state attention. Recently, a representative from...
  • Forest Service: Logging Rule Saved Homes

    12/07/2007 6:02:03 AM PST · by stratous · 5 replies · 89+ views
    Washington post ^ | 12/06/07 | Matthew Daly
    WASHINGTON -- A federal rule that allowed expedited logging on national forests saved thousands of homes during the recent wildfires in California, the Forest Service chief said Thursday.
  • CA: Appeals court overturns Forest Service logging rule (9th Circus)

    12/05/2007 3:34:01 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 84+ views
    A federal appeals court has ruled the U.S. Forest Service violated federal law when it allowed logging projects without analyzing their effects on the environment. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with environmentalists who challenged a Bush administration rule that exempted certain timber sales and prescribed forest burns from environmental analysis. The Wednesday decision by the San Francisco-based court overturns a lower court ruling that favored the administration. The Sierra Club and Sierra Forest Legacy sued in 2004 challenging the Forest Service rule, which has been a key component of the Bush administration's "Healthy Forests Initiative."