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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...
  • (Sept 2002) RULING STOPS HARVESTING BURNED TREES

    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
    Oregonlive.com ^ | 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
    toogoodreports.com ^ | 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>
  • Genetically Engineered Trees

    08/15/2003 9:10:56 AM PDT · by bedolido · 34 replies · 627+ views
    Sierra Club ^ | 08/15/03 | Staff Writer
    Genetic engineering of food crops has been a stealth technology, introduced with little public debate and arriving on grocery shelves unlabeled. Now another application of genetically engineered (GE) agriculture is sneaking up on us - the production of transgenic trees by paper and lumber companies. The possibility that the new genes spliced into GE trees will interfere with natural forests isn't a hypothetical risk but a certainty. During our lives, genetic transgenic trees by paper and lumber companies. The possibility that the new genes spliced into GE trees will interfere with natural forests isn't a hypothetical risk but a certainty....
  • Preserve bottom line on forests

    08/11/2003 10:31:42 PM PDT · by optimistically_conservative · 5 replies · 173+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 8/12/03 | TODD C. RASMUSSEN
    Special Faced with soaring property taxes and high debt, giant timber firms are unloading millions of acres of their forests. Never has so much Southern forest land been available for sale at one time, insiders say. By TODD C. RASMUSSEN Todd C. Rasmussen is an associate professor of forest hydrology at the University of Georgia. While Georgia is indeed blessed with abundant forests, these forests are clearly threatened by the need of forest industries to sell off their vast timberlands. Timber companies are selling millions of acres in the South to reduce their debt and property taxes, The Atlanta...
  • For Sale: Prime Timberland in South Soaring Property Taxes Put Millions of Acres on the Block

    08/05/2003 3:59:28 AM PDT · by NativeNewYorker · 11 replies · 765+ views
    WashPost ^ | 8/5/3
    MADISON, Ga., Aug. 4 -- Soaring property taxes and increasing debt have forced giant timber companies to put millions of acres of timberland up for sale across the South. The Georgia office of Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Development Co. plans to sell roughly 30,000 acres in Morgan, Putnam and Oconee counties for more than $3,000 an acre. The company also announced plans to sell 174,000 acres in Tennessee and 170,000 in the Carolinas.SNIP Giant timber companies are selling forest land as they try to cut costs to offset mergers and operational changes. Larger tracts and corporate lands also are taxed at...
  • Crown Pacific files for bankruptcy

    07/01/2003 5:17:28 PM PDT · by bicycle thug · 6 replies · 161+ views
    BendBulletin.com ^ | July 1, 2003 | By Chris Young
    <p>Faced with $596 million in debt as of March 31, Crown Pacific Partners filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Monday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Phoenix, Ariz.</p> <p>This move by the logging and lumber products company allows it to restructure its operations to pay its creditors.</p>
  • Logging to be allowed in 2 biggest U.S. forests

    06/09/2003 6:13:04 PM PDT · by fightinJAG · 29 replies · 209+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | June 9, 2003 | SETH BORENSTEIN
    Logging to be allowed in 2 biggest U.S. forests By SETH BORENSTEIN Knight Ridder Newspapers WASHINGTON - Logging soon will be allowed in previously untouched and off-limits parts of America's two biggest national forests and perhaps in other "roadless" national forests, the Bush administration announced Monday. The Department of Agriculture announced plans to loosen a rule that has kept logging out of 58.5 million acres of "roadless" national forests. The department will permit major exceptions to the rule, which was one of the last environmental initiatives from the Clinton administration. The change will expose more than one-fourth of the nation's...
  • A Letter to Lars About Salmon

    06/03/2003 10:45:21 AM PDT · by WaterDragon · 2 replies · 176+ views
    Oregon Magazine ^ | June 1, 2003 | Larry Leonard
    (OMED: During the Tuesday, May 20, 2003 introductory portion of his program {KXL, 750 AM, Noon to Four, Portland and a network of stations throughout Oregon and extending to portions of the states of Washington and Idaho}, Lars Larson asked his audience if it was time to reinvigorate the Oregon natural resources industry. (By this, he means just the timber industry. This is a natural {pun unavoidable} mistake on his part. Within the Oregon conservative community, this is how the argument has been framed. If you say "natural resource," it means one, and only one kind of natural resource. Timber....
  • Tree-sitters invade Siskiyou attempting to stop timber sale

    05/30/2003 12:33:42 AM PDT · by marsh2 · 48 replies · 717+ views
    Siskiyou Daily News ^ | 5/29/03 | John Diehm
    Tree-sitters invade Siskiyou attempting to stop timber sale Map shows area in western Siskiyou County near the Salmon River where environmentalists are protesting a group of timber sales. SAWYERS BAR - Extreme environmentalists were spotted in trees today in a remote area of Siskiyou County, attempting to stop a group of timber sales. The tree-sitters took up residence in old growth trees near the Salmon River, targeting the Knob, Meteor and Glassups sales. Congressman Wally Herger, R-Calif., whose district includes the timber sale areas, criticized the environmentalists' actions. "Unfortunately and ironically, these misguided environmental extremists are threatening precisely that which...
  • Caption this Photo! Iraqi's Take a STAND!

    04/07/2003 1:17:43 PM PDT · by Calpernia · 67 replies · 460+ views
    The Sun News ^ | 4/7/03 | Mike Darvill
  • Gallegos wants Bay area firm to help with PL suit

    03/07/2003 9:06:50 AM PST · by farmfriend · 5 replies · 262+ views
    The Times-Standard ^ | March 07, 2003 | James Tressler
    Gallegos wants Bay area firm to help with PL suit By James Tressler The Times-Standard EUREKA -- Humboldt County District Attorney Paul Gallegos is expected to ask the Board of Supervisors next week to let him hire a powerful Bay area law firm to assist in his lawsuit against Pacific Lumber Co. The reason he's going before supervisors is to ask them to pony up some money to help pay at least some of the legal bills. His own department's budget can't handle all of them. The request is on the board's agenda next Tuesday. It'll likely be heard fairly...
  • Plan would double logging in Sierra

    03/07/2003 8:56:45 AM PST · by farmfriend · 32 replies · 217+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | March 7, 2003 | Stuart Leavenworth
    <p>After a year of review, a U.S. Forest Service team is recommending sweeping changes to a Clinton-era management plan for the Sierra Nevada: Logging would more than double, ranchers could graze more cattle and district rangers would be allowed to thin forests more aggressively, according to a report released Thursday.</p>
  • Timber Company Accused of Fraud in Deal to Save Redwoods

    02/26/2003 9:27:22 PM PST · by farmfriend · 9 replies · 233+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 26, 2003 | DEAN E. MURPHY
    Timber Company Accused of Fraud in Deal to Save Redwoods By DEAN E. MURPHY AN FRANCISCO, Feb. 25 — A deal struck four years ago to save about 10,000 acres of giant redwoods in Humboldt County in Northern California was supposed to end the bitter feuding over logging there. In exchange for $480 million from the federal and state governments, the Pacific Lumber Company agreed to turn the world's largest privately owned grove of ancient redwoods into a public reserve. The company also consented to a series of regulations on logging operations on its remaining 211,000 acres, including some additional...
  • COALITION OF AZ/NM COUNTIES ACTION ALERT

    01/29/2003 11:02:37 AM PST · by EBUCK · 13 replies · 384+ views
    COALITION OF AZ/NM COUNTIES ACTION ALERT PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS REQUEST TO SEND LETTERS TO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHICH IS DIFFERENT THAN THE PREVIOUS REQUEST THIS ACTION WILL TAKE YOU LESS THAN 5 MINUTES. PLEASE RESPOND!!!! Support the President's Healthy Forests Initiative by contacting your Congressional representatives. January 26, 2003 Advocates for President Bush' healthy forest reforms have indicated that additional support would be helpful from Congressional representatives. To assist in sending letters urging your own Congressional delegation to support these important initiatives, a simple click & send email letter is available at LandSense. All you need to do...
  • Gov't Proposes More Leeway for Logging

    11/27/2002 2:57:05 PM PST · by Sparta · 36 replies · 265+ views
    AP ^ | 11/27/02 | By JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Bush administration is proposing less emphasis on wildlife preservation and other environmental concerns when deciding how much logging or recreation to allow in the 192 million acres of federal forests and grasslands. Officials said Wednesday their intent was to improve the forest management rules approved by the Clinton administration two months before President Bush (news - web sites) took office. Democrats accused the administration of undoing environmental safeguards that protect forests and the wildlife within them. Eight senators and seven House members complained in a letter to Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth that the new measures...
  • Tree-sitter injured in fall from redwood

    10/09/2002 7:15:56 PM PDT · by Carry_Okie · 155 replies · 463+ views
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 10/9/02 | MICHAEL DE GIVE
    Tree-sitter injured in fall from redwoodBy MICHAEL DE GIVESentinel STAFF WRITER CORRALITOS — A tree-sitter protesting logging in the slopes above Ramsey Creek fell 50 feet from his redwood perch and onto a stump Tuesday night. The man was believed to have fractured an arm and leg in the fall. The steep terrain and gravel roads forced rescue workers to leave their vehicles and hike more than half an hour to get to the scene, said Dave Sumner, a senior emergency dispatcher. An air ambulance was waiting nearby about 9 p.m. Tuesday as rescuers carried the injured man back down...
  • ECO-WHACKOS CAUSE FOREST FIRES

    08/31/2002 10:30:01 AM PDT · by forest · 20 replies · 378+ views
    Fiedor Report On the News #285 ^ | 9-1-02 | Doug Fiedor
     The federal government is great at bothering the American people with a never ending barrage of laws, rules and regulations. Yet, they cannot seem to take responsibility for anything, no matter how much they mess up. This year alone, due to a mishmash of very stupid environmental laws and regulations, the federal government is responsible for allowing over 6.2-million acres (9,688 square miles) of good timber to burn. That's about double the annual average and this is still just August. The federal government took possession, unconstitutionally, of 196 million acres (over 306,000 square miles, total -- for comparison, the State...
  • EDITORIAL - Timber policy reflects president's world view

    08/26/2002 5:08:15 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies · 269+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | 8-26-02 | Editorial Board
    <p>WITH characteristic disregard for the environment, President Bush last week announced a controversial plan to allow the timber industry to log millions of acres of national forest land. The ostensible reason? To prevent catastrophic fires. Rather than pursue a policy of thinning undergrowth and small trees, Bush prefers to give the timber industry a windfall by logging larger, more commercially valuable trees.</p>
  • Environmental group buys timber rights on ranch

    07/25/2002 3:02:07 PM PDT · by Bowana · 8 replies · 197+ views
    Environmental News Network ^ | Thursday, July 25, 2002 | Chris Kahn
    Environmental group buys timber rights on ranch Thursday, July 25, 2002 By Chris Kahn, Associated Press Writer ROANOKE, Va. — An environmental group has purchased logging rights on 5,750 acres of a historic cattle ranch in southwest Virginia in a novel approach to conserve wildlife habitat. The agreement is a first for the Nature Conservancy, better known for purchasing major tracts of land outright. The nonprofit organization controls 1,400 preserves across the country. The group’s Arlington chapter is expected to announce the agreement Thursday with the 228-year-old Stuart Land & Cattle Co. near Abingdon. The conservancy will pay the Stuart...
  • South's forests grow in private hands [private v. public lands]

    05/29/2002 2:08:15 PM PDT · by Glutton · 26 replies · 181+ views
    the Register Guard ^ | 28 May 02 | By ALLEN BREED (AP)
    South's forests grow in private hands By ALLEN BREEDThe Associated Press   Recommend this story to others.   LOUISBURG, N.C. - Jim Speed still gets up every morning, climbs into his pickup and drives his 300 acres of timber - a legacy that's been in his family since before the Civil War. At 87, Speed is twice the age of most of his oldest trees, but that doesn't make him impatient. He points to a stand of 60-foot loblolly pines that would make good saw logs today, but they'll stay there a while longer. Growing trees is a business to...
  • Oregon County Set For Timber Showdown

    05/25/2002 12:25:11 PM PDT · by Jack Black · 38 replies · 405+ views
    Ore. County Set For Timber Showdown Thursday May 23, 2002 4:50 AM PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Voters in an eastern Oregon county overwhelmingly approved a measure to allow residents to cut trees on federal land without permission, setting up a potential showdown with forest officials. The measure in Grant County passed 1,512 to 745 Tuesday despite cautions that local laws cannot override federal regulations. Herb Brusman, who helped write the measure, said Wednesday it would reduce the threat of wildfire by letting residents thin trees, remove trees in danger of falling onto roads and provide income to loggers and mills....
  • Timber giant gears up for eco-battles

    05/05/2002 11:33:47 PM PDT · by farmfriend · 40 replies · 533+ views
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | May 5, 2002 | Emily Gurnon
    <p>By Emily Gurnon -- Bee Correspondent - (Published May 5, 2002) More than two years after anti-logging protester Julia "Butterfly" Hill descended from her redwood tree home, the Pacific Lumber Co. said it is gearing up for a new set of clashes around its plans to log in certain areas of Humboldt County.</p>
  • Tree-Sitter Dies in 150-Foot Fall

    04/14/2002 6:11:49 AM PDT · by SpyGuy · 41 replies · 406+ views
    Yahoo! News (AP Story) ^ | 13-Apr-02 | ANDREW KRAMER
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A woman who climbed 150 feet up a tree to protest a timber sale fell and died from her injures before rescuers could reach the remote site in the Mount Hood National Forest. The timber sale she was protesting had been canceled three days before her death Friday, and the protesters expected to leave the area within a week. It took rescue crews over two hours struggling up snow-clogged dirt roads to reach the tree-sitters' camp after fellow activists called rescuers, Clackamas County Sheriff's spokeswoman Angela Blanchard said. The caller said the woman, identified as Beth...
  • After the Fire

    04/08/2002 8:30:54 AM PDT · by farmfriend · 9 replies · 156+ views
    The Sacramento Bee - Letters to the Editor ^ | Mon. April 8, 2002 | Don Jacobson
    <p>Re "Dead trees, live debate," Our Views, March 26: The Bee would have readers believe the Forest Service is doing the right thing.</p> <p>The Tahoe National Forest (TNF) Star Fire salvage logging project plans to log large trees over 24 inches in diameter in old forest areas. The Sierra Nevada Forest Plan (commonly known as the Framework) states that any logging in old-growth forests must show the benefit to removal.</p>