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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...