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  • Rare Woodpecker Sends a Town Running for Its Chain Saws

    09/25/2006 5:31:08 AM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 40 replies · 1,943+ views
    The New York Times ^ | Published: September 24, 2006 | By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    BOILING SPRING LAKES, N.C., Sept. 23 (AP) — Over the past six months, landowners here have been clear-cutting thousands of trees to keep them from becoming homes for the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker. The chain saws started in February, when the federal Fish and Wildlife Service put Boiling Spring Lakes on notice that rapid development threatened to squeeze out the woodpecker. The agency issued a map marking 15 active woodpecker “clusters,” and announced it was working on a new one that could potentially designate whole neighborhoods of this town in southeastern North Carolina as protected habitat, subject to more-stringent building restrictions....
  • Pine-beetle epidemic heading south ( looking for new trees to destroy )

    08/28/2006 4:39:33 PM PDT · by george76 · 53 replies · 2,456+ views
    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ^ | August 27, 2006 | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Millions of mountain pine beetles are swarming the Rocky Mountains...looking for new trees to destroy. The Colorado State Forest Service wants residents to help stop the spread of the devastating pest before the Pike and San Isabel national forests take on a brown cast like those in Summit and Grand counties. "It's currently at an epidemic level," ... Dead trees are a sign the forest is unhealthy; they also pose a fire risk. The U.S. Forest Service... Trees are succumbing by the millions. "If the beetle is successful in getting underneath the bark of the tree, mama mates and burrows...
  • US judge blocks Bush logging plan in protected Giant Sequoia park

    08/23/2006 11:38:38 PM PDT · by Prost1 · 15 replies · 625+ views
    AFP ^ | Tue Aug 22, 9:31 PM ET | Unknown
    SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AFP) - A federal judge has blocked a plan by the US government to allow commercial logging in California's Giant Sequoia National Monument, handing a victory to environmentalists who had sued to protect the ancient trees....(excerpt) California's Democratic attorney general, Bill Lockyer, who filed a lawsuit in 2005 aginst the Bush administration's plan, hailed the ruling as "a resounding victory for the Giant Sequoias, towering treasures that symbolize the magnificent beauty of California's Sierra Nevada range and inspire awe in all of us."
  • Rural Oregon Town Feels Pinch of Poverty

    OAKRIDGE, Ore. — For a few decades, this little town on the western slope of the Cascades hopped with blue-collar prosperity, its residents cutting fat Douglas fir trees and processing them at two local mills. Into the 1980’s, people joked that poverty meant you didn’t have an RV or a boat. A high school degree wasn’t necessary to earn a living through logging or mill work, with wages roughly equal to $20 or $30 an hour in today’s terms. But by 1990 the last mill had closed, a result of shifting markets and a dwindling supply of logs because of...
  • Beetle Kill Turns Forest Red, Raises Wildfire Risk

    08/15/2006 8:50:11 AM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies · 2,850+ views
    CBS 4 ^ | Aug 15, 2006 | Paul Day
    Experts and emergency management officials in Grand County worry that a large stretch of forest devastated by pine beetles may be waiting to burn in a massive wildfire. At least a quarter million acres of lodge pole pines are either dead or dying because of the mountain pine beetle. They've turned once green forests into large areas of dead, red colored trees. "Some of these county roads are very thin," Billy Sumerlin, director of Grand County's Natural Resources department said. "It makes it very difficult for fire apparatus to get in, especially if we're in the process of trying to...
  • Environmentalists Fell Tree to Protest Logging

    08/14/2006 10:41:04 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 6 replies · 434+ views
    AZCONSERVATIVE ^ | 12 Aug 2006 | John Semmens
    A 40-foot log used by protesters to block access to the Mike's Gulch timber salvage sale in Oregon’s Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest was illegally cut from a nearby botanical area, according to forest officials. The tree was used to block the Eight Dollar Road bridge spanning the Illinois River. The Silver Creek Co. paid $300,052 for the fire-killed timber that was damaged by the 2002 "Biscuit" fire. Woodrow "Woody" Forest, a member of the Oxygen Collective environmental group, said his group was committed to stop the logging. "We aren't fooling around," said Forest. "We're going to stop this logging even...
  • Protesters accused of illegal logging

    08/09/2006 12:11:26 PM PDT · by ApplegateRanch · 15 replies · 624+ views
    Medford Mail Tribune (Oregon) ^ | August 9, 2006 | By paul fattig
    KERBY — A 40-foot log used by protesters to block access to the Mike's Gulch timber salvage sale in a roadless area of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Tuesday morning was cut from a nearby botanical area, according to forest officials. One irate activist called it a "petty" point, and said the U.S. Forest Service and John West, president of the firm that purchased the roadless sale, had cut countless trees illegally [snip] Illinois Valley resident Annette Rasch, a longtime environmental activist who was at the protest, discounted the issue. She said she did not know where the log came...
  • Death of a forest ( more large fires soon across the West )

    08/08/2006 11:52:38 AM PDT · by george76 · 64 replies · 1,069+ views
    Vail Daily ^ | August 7, 2006 | Alex Miller
    Experts paint grim picture for local trees, eye future forest.. It seems there’s just not much good news for trees these days... Pine beetles decimating lodgepole pines across the West ...foresters are already looking ahead to what the landscape will look like in the future. “This mature pine forest is a goner,” said Cal Wettstein, district ranger for the Holy Cross and Eagle ranger districts. “We’re focusing on the next forest.” Asked what the future holds...Wettstein said simply “large fires.” Over the next two decades, the beetle-killed trees will shed their needles and their branches, then fall down and contribute...
  • Federal court weighs legality of Bush's Forest Service road plan

    08/01/2006 7:17:34 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 356+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/1/06 | Samantha Young - ap
    A federal judge said Tuesday that the Bush administration had the right to overturn a ban on road construction in untouched parts of the national forests but questioned whether it could do so without weighing the possible environmental effects. U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Laporte said the Forest Service appeared to be "on solid ground" last year when it reversed a Clinton administration rule banning new roads on nearly a third of federal forests. But she questioned whether the agency violated federal law by skipping environmental studies - the heart of two lawsuits brought by 20 environmental groups and the states...
  • Parts of U.S. West Bar Tree-Cutting on Private Land

    07/31/2006 4:14:28 AM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 12 replies · 788+ views
    Environmental News Network ^ | July 27, 2006 | Laura Zuckerman, Reuters
    SALMON, Idaho — In a state where pine and fir outnumber residents, the loss of several privately owned spruces should hardly excite attention, let alone spark a crusade emblematic of a new trend to protect trees on private land. But in the ski community of Ketchum, Idaho, a seasonal home for the rich and famous and the last resting place of writer Ernest Hemingway, a developer's plan to cut down three towering conifers on his property spurred the city to issue an emergency order last month outlawing the felling of mature trees. Resident Lara Babalis wanted additional assurances. She spent...
  • Lawmakers, environmentalists tussling over logging bill

    07/27/2006 6:18:43 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 332+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 7/27/06 | Erica Werner - AP
    WASHINGTON Angry lawmakers lambasted environmentalists at a congressional hearing Thursday over their opposition to a new bill to speed logging in the Sierra Nevada. "If we have a forest fire it's your fault, and I hope your group will take the responsibility when we're not thinning out the forests properly," Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Tulare, scolded Craig Thomas, director of the Sierra Nevada Forest Protection Campaign. Rep. George Radanovich, R-Mariposa, interrupted Thomas to accuse him of trying to destroy the last saw mill in the area. "If you stop these sales, sir, with your lawsuits, this logging company is going to...
  • China: Forests in Southeast Asia Fall to Prosperity's Ax(Chicom to clean it out?)

    05/01/2006 5:04:05 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies · 516+ views
    NYT ^ | 04/29/06
    April 29, 2006 Forests in Southeast Asia Fall to Prosperity's Ax By JANE PERLEZ LONG ALONGO, Indonesia — For as long as anyone can remember, Anyie Apoui and his people have lived among the majestic trees and churning rivers in an untouched corner of Borneo, catching fish and wild game, cultivating rice and making do without roads. But all that is about to change. The Indonesian government has signed a deal with China that will level much of the remaining tropical forests in an area so vital it is sometimes called the lungs of Southeast Asia. For China, the deal...
  • Big flooring firms selling illegal Papua timber, report says

    04/05/2006 7:43:07 AM PDT · by xcamel · 16 replies · 676+ views
    The Jakarta Post, Bogor, West Java ^ | April 05, 2006 | Tb. Arie Rukmantara
    The massive illegal logging of Papuan merbau timber is being fueled by five giant international flooring companies, which are neglecting to check whether they have bought legal timber, a new report says. The investigative study by the Bogor-based Telapak and London-based Environment Investigation Agency reveals that five companies, which dominate global sales of wood floor products, are heavy consumers of illegally sourced timber, mostly from Papua. Behind The Veneer: How Indonesia's Last Rainforests are being Felled for Flooring, which was published Tuesday, identifies the five as U.S.-based Armstrong/Bruce, Danish company Junckers, Germany's Tarkett, the Swedish Kahrs and Canada's Goodfellow. These...
  • CA: Appeals court halts logging in forest area scorched by wildfire

    03/24/2006 9:29:40 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 603+ views
    A federal appeals court on Friday ordered a temporary halt to logging in two sections of the Eldorado National Forest east of Sacramento that were damaged by wildfires in 2004. A lower court in August denied a request by two environmental organizations to immediately end the logging, but the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the Earth Island Institute and the Center for Biological Diversity are likely to eventually win their lawsuit. Allowing logging to continue could cause too much damage to the forests while the lawsuit proceeds, the San Francisco-based appeals court ruled. Many of the trees killed...
  • Judge Blocks Timber Sales in Three States

    01/09/2006 8:18:26 PM PST · by SmithL · 94 replies · 1,802+ views
    AP ^ | 1/9/6 | GENE JOHNSON
    Seattle -- A federal judge who struck down a Bush administration decision to ease logging restrictions last summer issued an injunction Monday blocking as many as 144 timber sales in three states. The sales in Washington, Oregon and northern California had been approved under the administration's decision to stop requiring that the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management look for and protect rare plants and animals before logging on 5.5 million acres covered by the 1994 Northwest Forest Plan. The Bush administration eliminated the so-called "survey and manage" rule in spring 2004 as part of a legal settlement with...
  • Death of a Sawmill

    12/30/2005 10:18:05 AM PST · by yoe · 32 replies · 1,144+ views
    Wall Street Journal on Line ^ | December 29, 2005 | JIM PETERSEN
    EUREKA, Mont. -- My friend Jim Hurst auctioned his sawmill in August. Jim's decision to pack it in after 25 years of beating his head on the wall made big news here in northwest Montana but, alas, not a peep from this newspaper or the New York Times. That's too bad, because the loss of our family-owned mills also signals the loss of technologies and skills vital to our efforts to protect the West's great national forests from the ravages of increasingly fearsome wildfires.You would think environmentalists who campaigned against harvesting in the West's national forests for 30-some years would...
  • Judge blocks California Sequoia logging project

    11/14/2005 6:27:45 PM PST · by ncountylee · 38 replies · 778+ views
    Reuters ^ | 15 Nov 2005
    SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 14 (Reuters) - A federal judge temporarily barred a logging project on Monday that would have included a small section of California's Giant Sequoia National Monument. The plan in question would thin trees across 1,322 acres (535 hectares), of which under a quarter are within the Giant Sequoia National Monument, in an effort to protect a small local community against forest fires, said Matt Mathes, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service in California. The Monument spans 328,000 acres (132,700 hectares) that are home to two-thirds of all sequoia trees in the world. Several environmental groups sued...
  • Lands could reopen to logging

    11/06/2005 1:45:43 PM PST · by DuckFan4ever · 21 replies · 459+ views
    Oregonian ^ | Sunday, November 06, 2005 | MICHAEL MILSTEIN
    A deal between the Bush administration and the timber industry could lift protections for millions of Oregon acresA deal between the Bush administration and timber industry probably will restart chain saws across millions of acres of Western Oregon in the next few years, including reserves set aside for the northern spotted owl and other wildlife. It will mark perhaps the single largest and most striking shift in public land management in the Northwest since the Clinton administration's 1994 Northwest Forest Plan created those reserves in the first place. Conservationists fear it will begin the permanent unraveling of those reserves, a...
  • Deforestation Doesn't Trigger Floods, U.N. Report Claims

    10/14/2005 12:12:11 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 4 replies · 385+ views
    Reuters ^ | October 13, 2005 | Alister Doyle
    OSLO — Deforestation is often wrongly blamed for causing floods, like in Guatemala this month, under a myth that has skewed agricultural policies, an international report said on Thursday. "There is no scientific evidence linking large-scale flooding to deforestation," the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Indonesia-based Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) said in a report. The frequency of major floods in the past 120 years, back to the late 19th century when forests were far more abundant, has been stable worldwide, it said. That implied that deforestation was not a cause of flooding. It said devastation...
  • Forest work put on hold after Bush rule gets ax (treehuggers and judges unleashed)

    09/30/2005 2:26:01 PM PDT · by crazyhorse691 · 17 replies · 654+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | September 30, 2005 | unattributed
    Logging - A judge deems public comment essential before dozens of Northwest projects can proceed The U.S. Forest Service this week suspended more than 170 public land projects in Oregon and Washington, including 13 logging sales, after a judge revoked a Bush administration rule that eliminated public input on the work. Administration officials issued the rule in 2003 to speed thinning of fire-prone trees under the Healthy Forest Initiative the president launched in the wake of Oregon's 2002 Biscuit fire. They promoted it as a tool to alleviate bureaucratic delays for smaller logging projects. Environmental activists countered that it would...
  • Forest Service Admits Error

    08/27/2005 6:49:48 AM PDT · by Radigan · 7 replies · 477+ views
    AP / Albany Democrat Herald ^ | August 25, 2005 | Jeff Barnard
    The U.S. Forest Service admitted Wednesday to making a "serious'' mistake that allowed 17 acres to be logged inside a rare tree reserve as part of the salvage harvest of timber burned by the 2002 Biscuit fire. The logging inside the 350-acre Babyfoot Lake Botanical Area, created in 1966 to protect Brewer spruce and other rare plant species on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, was discovered last week by environmentalists after the Fiddler timber sale was harvested and a forest closure intended to bar protesters was lifted. Forest Service personnel mismarked the border of part of the Fiddler timber sale...
  • Logging Protests Force Forest Road, Trail Closures(Tree-hugging bastards at it again)

    08/10/2005 2:53:45 PM PDT · by DuckFan4ever · 15 replies · 428+ views
    KOIN ^ | 8/10/2005 | KOIN
    In Effect Until Oct. 31 GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- People traveling in Southern Oregon should know about a series of immediate and temporary public closures of roads and trails. The U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management cite safety reasons for the recent closures in the Siskiyou National Forest. They will be in effect until Oct. 31 unless rescinded sooner by the forest service and BLM. The agencies are taking action after repeated road blocks in the area of the Hobson timber sale. On Monday, a protester blocked a road leading into the logging site. A makeshift platform was...
  • CA: Environmental group sues over California logging decision

    08/09/2005 7:09:38 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 299+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/9/05 | Don Thompson - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - An environmental group is suing California wildlife regulators, alleging officials broke the law by giving a North Coast timber company the right to damage the habitats of two endangered species. Pacific Lumber Co. gained permission under the 1999 Headwaters deal for certain logging activities that environmentalists said would harm populations of coho salmon and marbled murrelets, a seabird that nests in old growth redwoods. A Humboldt County Superior Court judge revoked the permits in 2003, saying they violated the California Endangered Species Act. In February, the state Department of Fish and Game cleared the way for the...
  • Bugs Chewing Up Trees, Raising Fire Danger

    08/05/2005 10:16:16 PM PDT · by dila813 · 7 replies · 420+ views
    RedNova ^ | 8/4/2005 | KIM NGUYEN/AP
    VAIL, Colo. -- The mountain views along Red Stone Road suggest early autumn, with splashes of red, orange and rusty brown dotting the green hillsides above the homes and condominiums of this Colorado resort town. But this is summer and the colors represent dead pine needles on hundreds of pine trees that have been killed by beetles.The tree mortality rate around Vail is striking, but it's even worse in other parts of the West. According to U.S. Forest Service figures compiled for The Associated Press, the acres of forest killed by beetles in 12 Western states jumped from 1.4 million...
  • Easing of Northwest Logging Rules Blocked

    08/02/2005 12:56:28 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 599+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/2/05 | Gene Johnson - AP
    SEATTLE - A federal judge struck down a move by the Bush administration to ease logging restrictions in the Northwest, saying the government failed to consider the effect on rare plants and animals. U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman said in her ruling Monday that under federal law, authorities had an obligation to show why the logging restrictions should be changed. The rule change, which took effect in the spring of 2004, said forest managers no longer had to look for rare species before logging. Instead, the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management were to use information provided...
  • Invest in sensible logging alternatives(Sierra Club Alert)

    07/25/2005 12:08:51 AM PDT · by DuckFan4ever · 6 replies · 311+ views
    OregonLive ^ | Monday, July 25, 2005 | IVAN MALUSKI
    When will timber companies, their allies in Congress and the U.S. Forest Service learn that logging America's last remaining ancient forests does not make good economic or environmental sense? ("Timber companies sue for reparations," July 3). Not only does the Forest Service sell our wild heritage at taxpayer expense, but the companies that buy the contracts are clearly aware that the vast majority of proposed public-land logging projects violate the law. The Forest Service has not provided a full public accounting of its timber sale program since 1998, when they revealed a loss of $100 million in tax money. Independent...
  • That Tree Stood for So Much

    07/06/2005 3:53:12 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 66 replies · 1,540+ views
    LA Times ^ | uly 6, 2005 | Lee Romney
    ARCATA, Calif. — Jason Wilson was just 21 when a Lakota elder gave him a spirit name. Wilson, she said, was destined to carry a heavy weight. He would need the medicine of the name she offered, she told him, "to carry that weight in a good way, a strong way and as far as it needs to be carried." Three years later, on a September day in 1998, the bearded redhead from Missouri lay in a fetal curl on the floor of a Humboldt County forest, rocking and sobbing in the duff. Next to him was 24-year-old David Nathan...
  • Good Riddance: Clinton "Roadless Rule" Dead - (58 mil acres returned to "Us, the People")

    05/08/2005 5:36:28 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 8 replies · 436+ views
    DON DODD.COM ^ | MAY 6, 2005 | Peyton Knight
    Finally, more than four years after its hideous birth, the Clinton "Roadless Rule" is dead. The Bush administration and the Forest Service just announced a final rule that effectively undoes Clinton's reckless decree. Dying with the "Roadless Rule" are the following: - threats of catastrophic wildfire - threats of forest infestation and disease - lack of public access to public lands - improper resource management - unhealthy forests - top-down federal overreach Recall that Bill Clinton, just eight days before he left office, in the dark of night, penned his infamous, unilateral, executive order that locked up over 58 million...
  • Arnold pledges to save trees - roadless areas will be safe from Bush policy

    05/06/2005 6:47:05 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 5 replies · 373+ views
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | May 06, 2005 | Lisa Friedman
    Arnold pledges to save trees Governor says California's roadless areas will be safe from Bush policy Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vowed Thursday that the Bush administration's attempt to open a third of national forests to logging, mining and development will not diminish protections for California's remote forestlands. Announcing an agreement with the U.S. Forest Service to protect about 4.4 million California acres left vulnerable to construction under the new Bush administration rules, Schwarzenegger said those largely undeveloped areas will remain untouched. "I am committed to protecting the vibrant health and sustainable future of our forests," Schwarzenegger said in a statement. "Roadless...
  • CA: State report blames Pacific Lumber's owner for timber giant's financial woes (Maxxam)

    05/07/2005 3:32:51 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 409+ views
    Monterey Herald ^ | 5/7/05 | AP - Scotia
    SCOTIA, Calif. - Financially troubled Pacific Lumber Co. is the victim of its corporate owner's excesses, not increasing government restrictions on logging, according to a state water agency's controversial new study. The state Water Resources Control Board's 18-page report blames Texas-based Maxxam Inc. for shifting hundreds of millions of dollars in profits from Pacific Lumber in "subtle and complex ways," forcing the North Coast timber giant to cut trees "at rates that greatly exceed sustainable forest practices." The state report claims Maxxam has funneled nearly $725 million in Pacific Lumber earnings into its own Houston, Texas, coffers over the past...
  • U.S. to Open Remote Forests To Logging

    05/06/2005 10:26:00 PM PDT · by Coleus · 219 replies · 2,481+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 05.06.05 | AP
    The Bush administration, in one of its biggest environmental decisions, moved yesterday to open nearly one-third of all remote national forest lands to road building, logging and other commercial ventures. The 58.5 million acres involved, mainly in Alaska and in western states, had been put off limits to development by President Bill Clinton eight days before he left office in January 2001. In Virginia, 394,000 acres are affected in the Jefferson and George Washington national forests. Under existing local forest management plans, about 34.3 million acres of these pristine woodlands nationally could be opened to road construction. That would be...
  • New Rule to Open National Forest to Roads

    05/05/2005 8:34:54 AM PDT · by nypokerface · 30 replies · 577+ views
    Yahoo - AP ^ | 05/05/05 | JOHN HEILPRIN
    WASHINGTON - Governors are being given 18 months to change the Bush administration's plan to open up to 58.5 million acres of remote national forestland to road building, timbering and other commercial activity. In one of its biggest environmental decisions, the administration will let governors petition for more or fewer restrictions against developing nearly a third of the 191 million acres of national forests, according to briefing documents obtained by The Associated Press. The U.S. Forest Service planned to announce the new "roadless" rule later Thursday. It replaces one that former President Clinton had put in place little more than...
  • Pacific Lumber announces mill closing, 101 jobs lost

    04/26/2005 6:27:16 PM PDT · by SmithL · 18 replies · 816+ views
    AP ^ | 4/26/5
    Fortuna, Calif. -- The Pacific Lumber Co. announced Tuesday it would close its Fortuna sawmill, after what the company described as "one of the most difficult seven months in the company's history." Pacific Lumber President and CEO Robert Manne said the company had been unable to harvest at sustainable levels and to get harvest plans approved by all state agencies in a timely manner.
  • Forests grow, owls decline under [Clinton forest] plan

    04/25/2005 1:16:54 PM PDT · by forester · 39 replies · 1,676+ views
    Seatle Post Intelligenser ^ | Wednesday, April 20, 2005 · | By JEFF BARNARD
    PORTLAND, Ore. -- A decade after the Clinton administration reduced logging in national forests in the Northwest, scientists have concluded the forests are growing, but the population of the threatened northern spotted owl has declined. Scientists reported Tuesday that the Northwest Forest Plan, adopted by the Clinton administration in 1994, resulted in an 80 percent reduction in logging on 24 million acres of land in western Washington, Oregon and Northern California. Since the plan was adopted, medium-aged to older forests have increased by 606,000 acres to 7.9 million acres, or to about 34 percent of all forest land in the...
  • Forests Grow, Owls Decline Under Plan

    04/20/2005 12:08:42 PM PDT · by The_Victor · 28 replies · 948+ views
    Yahoo (AP) ^ | Wed Apr 20, 8:55 AM ET | Jeff Barnard
    PORTLAND, Ore. - A decade after the Clinton administration reduced logging in national forests in the Northwest, scientists have concluded the forests are growing, but the population of the threatened northern spotted owl has declined. Scientists reported Tuesday that the Northwest Forest Plan, adopted by the Clinton administration in 1994, resulted in an 80 percent reduction in logging on 24 million acres of land in western Washington, Oregon and Northern California. Since the plan was adopted, medium-aged to older forests have increased by 606,000 acres to 7.9 million acres, or to about 34 percent of all forest land in the...
  • CA: State water board orders Pacific Lumber to temporarily halt logging

    04/06/2005 6:37:13 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 414+ views
    SCOTIA, Calif. (AP) - State water officials ordered Pacific Lumber Co. to temporarily halt logging in Humboldt County on Wednesday after environmentalists filed a petition questioning the validity of the company's timber harvest plans. The State Water Resources Control Board issued the stay requested by the Humboldt Watershed Council and the Environmental Protection Information Center to suspend logging in parts of the Freshwater Creek and Elk River watersheds near Eureka on California's far northern coast. In February, the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board agreed to allow Pacific Lumber to cut up to 50 percent of the annual 1,100-acre...
  • A simple lesson in economics (softwood-lumber)

    03/30/2005 1:34:33 PM PST · by -=[_Super_Secret_Agent_]=- · 14 replies · 708+ views
    econmist ^ | jan30,2003
    American protectionism creates fitter Canadians “IT'S the biggest trade battle on the planet,” says Pierre Pettigrew, Canada's trade minister, with only mild exaggeration. In 2001, Canada exported softwood lumber and wood products to the United States worth C$10 billion ($6.5 billion). Unfairly so, thanks to subsidies, squealed the American lumber lobby. Last May, America imposed countervailing duties averaging 27% on Canadian imports. This was supposed to force Canada to negotiate. But now it is the Americans who are suing for peace. This week, at the invitation of the United States' Commerce Department, all parties in the dispute were to gather...
  • CA: Cost of logging plans soars, university study finds

    03/23/2005 8:35:31 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 311+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 3/23/05 | Don Thompson - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - The increasing cost of logging regulations may prompt more landowners to sell their timberland for development and other uses, particularly in areas where property values are rising, according to a new study. The California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, study released Wednesday finds the average cost of meeting the regulations has increased 1,200 percent over the last 30 years, and now tops $30,000. But the study also is triggering criticism of the researchers for accepting partial funding from the timber industry. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration, environmentalists and some state lawmakers have said the price of a...
  • Logging resumes on site of Oregon fire

    03/15/2005 9:57:09 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies · 659+ views
    GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - Loggers went to work without interference Tuesday at the site of a 2002 forest fire, felling old-growth trees after the U.S. Forest Service closed off the area to keep out protesters. Citing safety concerns for loggers and protesters alike, officials in the Siskiyou National Forest on Monday closed the 700-acre area and roads leading to the timber sale. Protesters had impeded loggers going to work. Forest Service spokesman Tom Lavagnino said a crew of loggers had no trouble getting to work Tuesday, and rangers had not spotted a tree sitter who logging opponents said was...
  • Forest project takes root Community drafts plan to adopt BLM land

    WEAVERVILLE -- It took five years of debate, but residents in this tree-nestled town soon will have a forest of their own. Visions of a "community forest" are coming true thanks to a new ownership strategy that has piqued the interest of Bureau of Land Management officials as far away as the nation's capital. The BLM owns about 1,000 acres of evergreen hills and ridges just southwest of Weaverville. A few years ago, the agency planned to get rid of the land by selling or trading it to timber company Sierra Pacific Industries. But now the BLM is drafting a...
  • California attorney general sues over Giant Sequoia plan

    03/03/2005 2:47:47 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 525+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 3/3/05 | Don Thompson - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's attorney general sued the Bush administration Thursday over its plans for the Giant Sequoia National Monument, home to two-thirds of the world's largest trees. The U.S. Forest Service plan would illegally allow commercial logging in the monument, alleges the suit filed in San Francisco federal court. It argues former President Clinton's April 2000 proclamation creating the reserve south of Sequoia National Park bans logging unless it is "clearly needed" for public or environmental protection, which it says isn't the case under the management plan adopted in December. The service adhered closely to Clinton's proclamation, responded spokesman...
  • Environmentalists Sue Bush Administration (..again)

    02/17/2005 3:41:27 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 454+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/17/05 | Matthew Daly - AP
    WASHINGTON - Environmentalists sued the Bush administration on Thursday over new rules for managing the 192 million acres of national forests. The rules issued in December give managers of the 155 national forests more discretion to approve logging and other commercial projects without lengthy environmental reviews. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, claims the rules water down protection of wildlife and the environment "to the point where they are virtually meaningless." The suit filed by San Francisco-based Earthjustice on behalf of a coalition of conservation groups said the rules fail to include important environmental protection measures...
  • California Official Sues U.S. Forest Service

    02/15/2005 12:51:46 PM PST · by ManHunter · 12 replies · 440+ views
    Fox News ^ | Tuesday, February 15, 2005
    California Official Sues U.S. Forest Service LOS ANGELES — A 15-year fight over how much timber to cut in the Sierra Nevada Mountains (search) just got longer. California Attorney General Bill Lockyer (search) is suing the U.S Forest Service (search) over its management plan. The issue: how much wood should be cut in 11-million acres of federal woodland.
  • Toilet paper suppliers in a flush (terrified forests shudder as Chinese learn to use toilet paper)

    02/15/2005 11:10:18 AM PST · by dead · 87 replies · 2,575+ views
    Sunday Times (South Africa) ^ | Tuesday February 15, 2005 09:25
    SHANGHAI - Surging demand for toilet paper in China has some of the nation's suppliers in a flush, state press said. "I'm happy to see many young people adopt paper tissues for the convenience, which is a sign that reflects our social development and has helped improve our industry," Wang Yueqin, vice-director of Shanghai Paper Trade Association, said. But Wang, quoted in the China Daily, said he was "beginning to worry about the large wood consumption" and the industry needed to consider other technologies and uses. "We are trying to encourage the application of new materials and technologies," he said,...
  • Logging challenged along Calif. river (744 acres - Salmon River)

    02/14/2005 9:21:25 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 253+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/14/05 | AP - Sacramento
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Three environmental groups sued the federal government Monday to block logging along a river in the northwestern corner of California. The suit was filed in federal court to block logging of 744 acres of old forest along the Salmon River. The suit alleges the latest proposed logging would add to damage already done by three other recent projects in the Salmon River's watershed. Those timber harvests were the targets of environmental lawsuits and tree-sitters two years ago. Forest Service spokeswoman Janice Gauthier said she could not comment on pending litigation, nor had the service had time...
  • (President) Bush Seeks $867 Million Budget for Forest Thinning

    02/04/2005 10:24:13 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 332+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 2/4/05 | Reuters - Washington
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration will ask Congress to increase funding to $867 million in fiscal year 2006 for a plan to help reduce the risk of wildfires in federal forests, a senior administration official said on Thursday. The U.S. Agriculture Department's Forest Service division and the Interior Department, which work together to fight forest fires, received $811 million in the current budget year for the forest management plan. Environmentalists have criticized the program as a way to give logging companies more access to timber under the guise of forest protection. The proposed increase will be part of the...
  • California, environmental groups sue to block Sierra national forest plan

    02/01/2005 9:07:22 PM PST · by SmithL · 8 replies · 297+ views
    AP ^ | 2/1/5 | DON THOMPSON
    SACRAMENTO -- California's attorney general joined environmental groups Tuesday in suing the federal government to block its plan to manage 11.5 million acres of Sierra National Forest, which calls for increased logging. The lawsuits argue there is no scientific justification for the Forest Service to change a plan for managing the forest that was approved in the final days of the Clinton administration. . . .
  • Loggers going into Oregon old growth reserve on Biscuit fire

    01/28/2005 4:04:17 PM PST · by SmithL · 13 replies · 451+ views
    AP ^ | 1/28/5 | JEFF BARNARD
    GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- A timber company plans to start logging next week in an old growth forest reserve burned by the 2002 Biscuit fire, setting up a confrontation with environmentalists who believe leaving the dead trees standing is better for fish, wildlife and the forest. John West, president of Silver Creek Timber Co., said Friday he was just waiting for formal imposition of an appeals court order issued earlier this month. That order lifted an injunction that had barred logging on two timber sales in an old growth reserve until the resolution of a lawsuit brought by environmentalists....
  • Environmentalists sue to stop logging of sequoias, other trees at California national monument

    01/27/2005 9:09:22 PM PST · by SmithL · 11 replies · 368+ views
    AP ^ | 1/27/5 | LISA LEFF
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Environmentalists sued the federal government Thursday over plans to log in central California's Giant Sequoia National Monument, home to two-thirds of the world's largest trees. The Sierra Club and four other environmental groups called the U.S. Forest Service's decision to include widespread logging in its plan for managing the 327,769-acre monument a scientifically suspect strategy meant to satisfy timber interests under the guise of wildfire prevention. "This plan opens up huge areas to logging and specifically targets trees big enough to sell, undermining the whole purpose of the monument," said Carla Cloer of the Tule River Conservancy,...
  • Judge denies logging halt of fire-killed trees

    01/26/2005 6:14:21 PM PST · by SmithL · 23 replies · 601+ views
    AP ^ | 1/26 | JEFF BARNARD
    GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- A federal judge has denied a request to halt logging within the 2002 Biscuit fire brought by environmentalists who claimed the U.S. Forest Service failed to protect hundreds of dead trees that should have been left standing for salmon habitat. Deferring to the scientific expertise of the Forest Service on what trees should be left standing to protect streams, U.S. District Judge Michael Hogan in Eugene ruled that claims brought by the Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics were not serious, and they were unlikely to win in a trial.