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  • SPI resists pass plan

    07/28/2004 8:04:11 PM PDT · by hedgetrimmer · 9 replies · 329+ views
    Union Democrat Online ^ | July 28, 2004 | DAWN WITHERS
    Sierra Pacific Industries is opposing designation of the Ebbetts Pass stretch of Highway 4 as a national scenic byway. Officials for the Redding-based timber giant — which owns 74,000 acres in Calaveras County and runs two Tuolumne County mills — in a press release cited the designation's "impact on private property rights and the use of designation to limit our company's operations along the corridor ... ." The proposed Ebbetts Pass Scenic Byway is a 58-mile stretch of Highway 4 running between Arnold and Mark-leeville. Calaveras County supervisors will discuss the Corridor Management Plan when they meet Monday in the...
  • US to end national logging ban

    07/13/2004 7:19:38 AM PDT · by nypokerface · 27 replies · 716+ views
    BBC ^ | 07/13/04
    The US administration has announced proposals to scrap a national rule which protects a third of the country's forests from road-building and logging. Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman said individual states should decide whether the areas should still be preserved. Environmentalists and Democrats attacked the plan as a gift to the timber industry. The rule, introduced in 2001, was designed to provide protection endangered species and habitats. But the rule, developed under the administration of former president Bill Clinton, has been challenged in the courts. Environmentalists are currently appealing against a decision by a federal Wyoming judge which struck down the...
  • Environmentalists losing battle over foresting

    05/24/2004 6:26:20 PM PDT · by Apollo · 17 replies · 262+ views
    The Sun Link ^ | May 21, 2004 | Matthew Daly
    Since December when President Bush signed a new forestry law, the government has won 17 straight court cases favoring timber cutting over challenges by environmentalists. Bush pushed for the law that sponsors named the Healthy Forests Restoration Act, saying it would reduce wildfires in national forests by thinning trees while also limiting appeals and environmental reviews of proposed timber sales. Environmentalists say the new law has undercut important protection for old-growth trees and remote, roadless areas. In a memo obtained by The Associated Press, the Agriculture Department's general counsel, Nancy Bryson, touted the Forest Service's success in winning all 14...
  • Bush Administration Eases Logging Restrictions on Logging Old-Growth Forests

    03/23/2004 7:45:32 PM PST · by Indy Pendance · 12 replies · 201+ views
    AP ^ | 3-23-04 | Gene Johnson
    SEATTLE (AP) - The Bush administration on Tuesday eased restrictions on logging old-growth forests in the Pacific Northwest, completing a rules change that will allow forest managers to begin logging without first looking for rare plants and animals. Instead, the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management will rely on information provided by Washington, Oregon and California to decide whether to allow logging, controlled forest fires, and trail- or campground-building, agency spokesman Rex Holloway said. Environmentalists decried the change, saying it would double logging on federal land in the region and have disastrous consequences for rare species. Regna...
  • Win for timber

    02/18/2004 8:07:39 AM PST · by sasquatch · 23 replies · 175+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 2/18/04 | Ken McLaughlin
    In a ruling that could open up hundreds of properties to logging in the Santa Cruz Mountains, a state appellate court in San Jose has sided with logging interests in striking down Santa Cruz County laws aimed at limiting where trees can be harvested. The decision, released Tuesday by the three-judge panel of the 6th District Court of Appeal, sent shock waves through environmental groups concerned that farmers, ranchers and other landowners with forested properties would rush to chop down timber on their mountain properties. County law banned logging on any land not zoned specifically for ``timber production'' -- meaning...
  • Humboldt DA: Lumber firm's out to get me

    02/16/2004 11:28:18 AM PST · by farmfriend · 16 replies · 171+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | February 16, 2004 | Sam Stanton
    <p>EUREKA - The Humboldt County Courthouse is closed for the Lincoln's Birthday holiday, but District Attorney Paul Gallegos is there before 9 a.m., putting in another day on the job he loves.</p> <p>He's dressed neatly: dark pants and suit coat over a knit sweater, shined shoes. And he's very polite as he prepares to return 48 phone messages that undoubtedly will include vitriolic crank calls.</p>
  • Owl Sinks Jemez Logging (NM timber salvage sale)

    02/06/2004 7:04:23 PM PST · by CedarDave · 8 replies · 188+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | February 6, 2004 | Adam Rankin
    Concern over federally protected Mexican spotted owl habitat has derailed a logging project in the Jemez Mountains aimed at salvaging about 950 acres of burned national forest. Late Wednesday, U.S. District Judge M. Christina Armijo ruled the U.S. Forest Service illegally allowed logging on a patch of forest protected as owl habitat. The project, known as the Lakes and BMG timber salvage, was designed "to recover the timber value of fire-killed trees" and contribute to the regional economy, according to Forest Service documents, by logging trees burned in two 2002 fires. About 4,600 total acres were burned. Santa Fe-based Forest...
  • Labor shortage behind state's lack of lumber

    12/28/2003 1:12:46 AM PST · by Holly_P · 2 replies · 194+ views
    Bangor News ^ | 12/27/03 | Alan Elliott
    Loggers unwilling or unable to shoulder industry workload When Louisiana-Pacific shut down its Baileyville mill earlier this month, everyone asked the same question: How could a mill in a state thick with harvestable timber claim to be starved for logs? Even seasoned pros in an industry ruled by vast equations of demand, weather, labor, tariffs, real estate deals and rates of harvest say there is no easy answer. But a starting point is the explosion of new housing starts this year that whipped up demand and competition for timber among Maine's surviving mills. When those mills called for more raw...
  • Trying to see forest for the trees

    12/23/2003 9:50:38 AM PST · by farmfriend · 25 replies · 224+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | December 22, 2003 | Stuart Leavenworth
    <p>BOONVILLE -- The blue-collar diners and hippy hangouts of this Mendocino County town have been buzzing for days about a beguiling rumor.</p> <p>According to the buzz, an East Coast conservation outfit was preparing to buy nearly 24,000 acres of neighboring timberland for $18 million. But instead of setting aside the redwoods as a preserve, the group hopes to turn it into a showcase of environmental forestry -- selectively harvesting some trees with the goal of restoring an old-growth forest.</p>
  • Timber harvest plan under attack

    12/19/2003 1:06:29 PM PST · by farmfriend · 8 replies · 185+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | December 19, 2003 | Jane Braxton Little
    <p>QUINCY -- U.S. Forest Service officials reporting on a controversial forest management plan Thursday were bombarded with criticism from local officials, loggers and the Quincy Library Group, which designed the plan.</p> <p>Even Rep. Wally Herger, R-Marysville, called the timber harvest levels projected for the next six years "incredibly discouraging."</p>
  • Susanville timber mill closing

    12/17/2003 9:50:12 PM PST · by farmfriend · 19 replies · 270+ views
    Record Searchlight ^ | December 17, 2003 | David Benda
    Susanville timber mill closing Sierra Pacific Industries blames move on cuts in harvesting on federal land David Benda Record Searchlight December 17, 2003 — 2:07 a.m. SUSANVILLE — This city is losing a major employer and its last timber mill. Sierra Pacific Industries announced Tuesday that it will close its 39-year-old sawmill by the end of the first quarter of 2004. The company cited the loss of government timber supplies and competition from foreign imports as reasons for the closure. The move will affect about 150 workers, SPI spokesman Ed Bond said. Workers at the mill make an average hourly...

    HERE IS AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT THE ECOFREAKS HAVE BEEN DOING. UNTIL WE FIND A WAY TO STOP THEM, WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SAVE OUR FORESTS. ================================================== BEND - A federal judge has halted a salvage logging project near Crane Prairie Reservoir, ruling that the Forest Service did not adequately survey for ecological damage before beginning the harvest. The project would have logged about 2.8 million board feet as part of a salvage sale of burned timber. Much of that timber burned during the 720-acre Crane Prairie complex fire last year. District Court Judge Ancer Haggerty's decision Wednesday...
  • Salvage-logging plan aired: Big operation targets Oregon timber

    10/21/2003 3:51:41 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 160+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 10/21/03 | Hal Bernton
    The U.S. Forest Service next month will propose one of the largest salvage-logging operations of the past quarter-century to harvest timber scorched in a 2002 fire in Oregon's Siskiyou National Forest. The "preferred alternative" calls for logging in 29,000 acres of the nearly 500,000 acres that were at least partially burned in the 2002 Biscuit fire, according to Judy McHugh, a Forest Service official in southern Oregon. The logging is expected to produce about 518 million board feet of timber, which is more than the entire 2002 Forest Service harvest in all of Western Washington and western Oregon. The Biscuit...
  • Loggers have just a dangerous job as foreign soldiers.

    10/15/2003 12:01:35 PM PDT · by Gdzine · 16 replies · 141+ views
    CNN Money ^ | October 13, 2003: 10:52 AM EDT | Les Christie
    The mortality rate among lumbermen, 118 timber cutters per 100,000 workers, heads the list of the top 10 most dangerous jobs in America for 2002 put out by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and was more than 26 times that of the average U.S. worker.
  • Davis signs bill putting more curbs on timber cutting

    10/13/2003 10:07:39 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 175+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 10/13/03 | Paul Rogers
    Landowners in the Santa Cruz Mountains and other forested areas of California who want to cut timber on their property will have to submit new information to the state showing the impacts of other nearby logging projects under a bill signed Sunday by Gov. Gray Davis. The bill, by Assemblyman Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, was championed by environmental groups and opposed by some in the timber industry. Under it, the State Board of Forestry will require by Jan. 1, 2005, anyone submitting a timber harvest plan to the state to include maps showing ``the location and boundaries of past, present,...
  • CA: World's other forests feed state's appetite for timber

    10/05/2003 7:44:46 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 49 replies · 626+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 10/5/03 | Tim Knudson
    <p>Thick as a phone book, a new state report on the environment cites a little-recognized danger to global forests: California.</p> <p>By consuming "vast amounts of ... wood products" while increasingly protecting our own forests from logging, Californians are sharpening the pace of cutting elsewhere, including Canada, says a draft of the report "The Changing California, Forest and Range 2003 Assessment," obtained by The Bee.</p>
  • Timber-state senators submit own version of forest plan

    10/02/2003 10:39:55 AM PDT · by bicycle thug · 7 replies · 176+ views ^ | Oct 2 2003 | by JIM BARNETT
    A proposal would increase money to prevent wildfires and create a research center in Prineville WASHINGTON -- Timber-state senators filed a written version of their forest-health compromise Wednesday, setting the stage for a showdown with House Republicans who favor stronger language and sparking debate about new protections for old-growth stands. Among other things, the senators, including Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Larry Craig, R-Idaho, agreed to spend $760 million a year on fuel-reduction projects, up from $420 million. The bill also would create a research center in Prineville, Ore. The goal of the legislation is ambitious. The senators want to reverse...
  • The Tax-Exempt Destruction Of Our Forests

    09/15/2003 11:23:20 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies · 167+ views ^ | September 14, 2003 | Alan Caruba
    A friend of mine from Montana said to me recently, "the State's on fire again", referring to the catastrophic loss of vast areas of its forests this year. The same can be said of New Mexico, Colorado, and other States for whom these forest fires have become an annual event. Everyone knows that our national parks and forests are not being managed correctly. Because of "environmental" policies and restrictions, they are tinderboxes waiting to explode from a lightning strike or a careless camper. Why then do we give a tax exemption to one of the most active pressure groups opposing...
  • Saving the Selva Maya a Tropical Forest/Jungle in Central America

    08/23/2003 7:34:05 PM PDT · by Coleus · 16 replies · 1,181+ views
    The Record of Hackensack ^ | 06.29.03 | Jim Wright
    Saving the Selva Maya Sunday, June 29, 2003, By JIM WRIGHT Editor's note: As part of his research for a book, Editorial Writer Jim Wright made several recent trips to the tropical forest in Belize, where until a few weeks ago a smoky haze often clouded the skies. WHAT IS THE SELVA MAYA?The Selva Maya consists of mostly contiguous jungle in three Central American nations: Guatemala, Mexico, and Belize. The three nations have created biosphere reserves, national parks, and other conservation areas to protect the jungle, conduct scientific research, and seek sustainable development. Guatemala has the 5-million-acre Maya Biosphere Reserve.Mexico's...
  • Anti-logging activist admits violating tree harvesting rules

    08/17/2003 8:31:00 AM PDT · by hoosierskypilot · 55 replies · 294+ views
    Modesto Bee ^ | 8-17-03
    <p>SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) - A environmental activist who has led high-profile opposition to commercial logging has admitted violating state timber harvest rules by cutting down trees to make way for a new home, a newspaper reported. In settling a dispute with the state Department of Forestry, Vince Taylor agreed that he violated the regulations last year when he felled trees on property he owns near the town of Mendocino on the northern California coast, according to a report in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.</p>