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  • In a down-on-its-luck Oregon mill town, the savior they're waiting for is Donald Trump

    05/08/2016 8:15:57 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 20 replies
    LA Times ^ | May 2,2016 | Nigel Duara
    “We have what we need to stay in business right here,” Jones says, pointing to the lush pine and cedar forests that surround this town of 1,800 people on the northwest slope of the Siskiyou mountain range. “But we can't get out there to cut it down because one agency won't talk to another one, or the environmentalists tie it up in court.” Then a series of environmental lawsuits in the 1980s and early 1990s brought new federal restrictions on logging from public lands. To keep timber-dependent counties afloat, the federal government offered money to replace the taxes they lost,...
  • Court asked to speed up Canada lynx recovery work ((UN Agenda 21 )

    06/25/2014 7:24:38 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    ap ^ | June 24, 2014 | MATTHEW BROWN,
    Wildlife advocates want a federal judge to order faster action on a recovery plan for imperiled Canada lynx. ... Officials also say that lynx face a relatively low degree of threat compared to other protected species. The Fish and Wildlife Service was forced to come up with a timeline on the recovery document when Molloy last month expressed frustration with the government's progress. The judge said the "stutter-step" approach by federal officials necessitated court intervention. The lawsuit pending before Molloy was brought by Friends of the Wild Swan, Rocky Mountain Wild, Biodiversity Conservation Alliance and the San Juan Citizens Alliance....
  • Wyo spent $7.9 million on sage grouse conservation, Barrasso on LNG exports and more

    03/26/2014 8:24:54 AM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Star-Tribune ^ | March 26, 2014 | BENJAMIN STORROW
    Wyoming has spent $7.9 million on sage grouse conservation since 2005. That was the finding of a new report by the Western Governors Association, which inventoried the efforts of 11 western states to protect the bird and its habitat. The report comes in advance of an expected 2015 ruling by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over whether to add the species to the endangered species list. The sage grouse's listing could curtail energy development throughout the West. ... Utah, by comparison, spent $8.8 million on improvements to sage grouse habitat in 2013 alone.
  • Threat of sage grouse endangered species listing is real, could cost Utah billions

    03/05/2014 9:22:47 AM PST · by george76 · 22 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Feb. 18 2014 | Amy Joi O'Donoghue
    The sage grouse's potential addition to the endangered species list is a problem of epic economic consequences to states in the West, with Herbert explaining that the impact in lost economic development in Utah tops $41 billion for the oil and gas industry alone. "The negative impacts are not acceptable to me and should not be acceptable to anyone here," Herbert told the crowd. The event at the Utah Department of Natural Resources' auditorium is actually a precursor to a national summit that will be held in Salt Lake City this fall. ... a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision...
  • Sage-grouse could become mining’s ‘Spotted Owl on Steroids’ - AMEA

    02/27/2014 9:31:25 AM PST · by george76 · 19 replies
    MINEWEB ^ | 04 Feb 2014 | Dorothy Kosich
    Federal designation of the Greater Sage-grouse as threatened or endangered could result in the withdrawal of over 17 million acres from mining ... Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service of making an unprecedented attempted to limit multiple use on public lands through use of “the Spotted Owl on Steroids”—the Greater Sage-Grouse. ... BLM and Forest Service’s real purpose “is NOT sage-grouse conservation.” “Rather, the so-called conservation measures are designed to: Find another way to implement the draconian land use restrictions in the aborted Wild Lands Policy and Secretarial Order 3310; Dramatically reduce and even prevent mining, energy...
  • The Environmental Lobby's Great Forest Con

    07/28/2013 9:36:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | July 28, 2013 | Niger Innis
    Environmental activists constantly pressure government agencies to intervene in the lives of others, whether it is telling them how to run their businesses, where they can build their homes, or what types of food they can and cannot eat, among countless other examples. Another area activists are increasingly focusing on is forest management, telling tree farmers how they should manage their land. Common sense would tell you that a one-size-fits-all system of land management would not fit the diverse landscapes of the U.S., in terms of climate, elevation, and many other variables. Unfortunately, common sense is not that common among...
  • Editorial: Sen. Wyden disappoints, fails to deliver meaningful timber plan

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

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

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

    11/22/2012 8:46:38 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 51 replies
    Human Events ^ | November 21, 2012 | Audrey Hudson
    The Obama administration announced with little fanfare Thanksgiving eve plans to lock up nine million acres of land for the endangered Northern Spotted Owl. The plan would double the amount of public forest lands proposed by the Bush administration for the owl’s habitat in Oregon, Washington and Northern California, and is expected to severely limit commercial activities like logging. Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Wash.), chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, said he is concerned the plan will cost taxpayers millions of dollars. “Expanding the Northern Spotted Owl’s critical habitat will further endanger the timber industry, the thousands of jobs that...
  • Big Green imposes its agenda — with or without Congress

    11/13/2010 6:03:45 AM PST · by Outside da Box · 1 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 11/12/2010 | Ron Arnold
    DeFazio knew about Brown’s litigating timber sales when he hired her in Washington. He also hired extremist David Dreher as legislative aide in 2000, now with the Pew-funded Campaign for America’s Wilderness. DeFazio’s office is practically an incubator for radicals. On Election Day, DeFazio beat Robinson by 9 points. That took the monkey was off his back because it was not he but Salazar who had made those logging promises that won’t be kept. Because of lawyers like Brown. Some might say DeFazio is a walking Potemkin village. And Big Green’s most important product is still unemployment.
  • Was Russia's 'Hijacked' Ship Carrying Missiles to the Mideast?

    09/01/2009 8:51:14 AM PDT · by Mat_Helm · 20 replies · 1,635+ views
    Time ^ | Monday August 31, 2009 | Simon Shuster / Moscow
    In July, the Russian-manned cargo ship the Arctic Sea disappeared on its way to take timber from Finland to Algeria, sparking reports of the first incident of piracy in European waters since the days of the buccaneers. Experts and observers weighed in with their theories: the ship had been snatched in a commercial dispute; it was being used to run drugs; it was carrying something more precious — or dangerous — than timber. Since then, the Russian navy has found the ship, and the alleged hijackers who boarded it on July 24 have been charged with kidnapping and piracy. The...
  • Crew of Arctic Sea released after nearly two weeks

    08/31/2009 2:36:39 PM PDT · by Shermy · 4 replies · 262+ views
    HELSINGIN SANOMAT ^ | August 31, 2009
    The Russian security service released the crew of the Arctic Sea in Moscow on Sunday. The 11 members of the crew of the hijacked ship were flown from Cape Verde to Russia nearly two weeks ago. The Russian news agency Interfax reports that the men returned to their home town of Archangelsk, where they were met by their families. On Sunday, Russian authorities gave conflicting accounts of whether or not all of the crew would be released. The online portal reported that only nine members of the crew had been released. Rabbe von Hertzen of the Finnish National Bureau...
  • Russia says it tracked hijacked Arctic Sea all along, but questions grow over cargo(NK twist)

    08/26/2009 10:35:18 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 26 replies · 1,019+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | 08/26/09 | Tony Halpin
    Russia says it tracked hijacked Arctic Sea all along, but questions grow over cargo Tony Halpin in Moscow Russia’s top general hinted today that the ship allegedly hijacked by pirates earlier this month may have been carrying a secret cargo, as it emerged that the country’s Navy tracked the vessel throughout its journey. President Medvedev sent the Russian Navy to find the Arctic Sea after it apparently disappeared while passing through the English Channel en route to Algeria from Finland. However, the Foreign Ministry in Moscow now says that Russian and international agencies had monitored the ship throughout its strange...
  • Hunt on for 'hijacked cargo ship'

    08/12/2009 2:14:01 AM PDT · by Jonny foreigner · 33 replies · 2,276+ views
    A search is under way for a cargo ship which may have travelled through the English Channel after apparently being hijacked by pirates. Coastguards fear the Maltese-flagged Arctic Sea, carrying 15 Russian crew, was hijacked in the Baltic sea. UK authorities made contact before it entered the Strait of Dover but the Russian navy told the Itar-Tass agency it was now looking for the ship. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said the situation was "bizarre". Spokesman Mark Clark said: "Who would think that a hijacked ship could pass through one of the most policed and concentrated waters in the world?...
  • The first lady hits the stump

    10/12/2010 6:05:20 PM PDT · by Justaham · 36 replies
    MSNBC ^ | Carrie Dann
    The more popular half of the White House's first couple is hitting the campaign trail. Michelle Obama, who has largely avoided political events this midterm cycle, is slated to hold rallies and fundraisers for Democratic Senate candidates in seven states over the next two weeks, including stops in Illinois, Colorado, and Wisconsin. Obama campaigned extensively for her husband during the 2008 presidential race, although her individual appearances were generally low-key, featuring intimate roundtable events and discussions about specific policy issues like support for military families. The upcoming tour of midterm battleground states -- Illinois, Colorado, Wisconsin, New York, Washington, Connecticut,...
  • S. Korea: Wood product makers suffer timber shortage

    04/17/2010 5:07:45 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies · 497+ views
    JoongAng Daily ^ | 04/17/10 | Kim Hyo-eun
    Wood product makers suffer timber shortage April 17, 2010 Donghwa’s 100,000-square meter factory in Gajwa-dong, Incheon, was eerily quiet during a recent visit to the timber product maker early this month. The factory had been out of operation for the previous week. A timber storage area to supply material for the particle board that the company produces was nearly empty. Company officials said less than less than 1,000 tons of timber was being stored in the yard compared with 30,000 tons in mid-2009. “With this amount of timber, we can operate the factory only half a day,” said Song Jeong-hwan,...
  • Bohemian Club wins timber-harvesting permit

    12/31/2009 11:31:58 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 567+ views ^ | 12/31/09 | Kelly Zito
    The Bohemian Club, the secretive, men-only society known for its annual bacchanal on a sprawling forest enclave in Sonoma County, has won state approval for a logging plan allowing the group to harvest as much as 1.7 million board feet of timber a year. The state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection's endorsement of the club's controversial permit essentially eliminates government oversight of its timber-harvesting practices over the next century. While the 130-year-old club, whose members are believed to have included every Republican president since Herbert Hoover, argues the logging plan will help reduce fire risk and restore its 2,700-acre...
  • New California rules allow timber firms to sell carbon credits

    09/25/2009 9:10:55 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 734+ views
    LA Times ^ | 9/25/09 | Eric Bailey
    The Schwarzenegger administration pushed through new rules Thursday allowing California's biggest timber firms to cash in on the fight against global warming even as they clear-cut parts of their forests. Forest owners stand to reap tens of millions of dollars in the coming decades by selling the capacity of their woods to cleanse the air of carbon dioxide, offsetting greenhouse gases belched by industrial polluters. But the administration's successful effort to allow loggers to sell their carbon credits to industry while also clear-cutting their lands sparked intense opposition from several conservation groups. Ecologists say the self-styled "green" governor, an opponent...
  • Team Works With Afghans to Address Timber Issues

    07/30/2009 4:44:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 230+ views
    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, July 30, 2009 – Members of the provincial reconstruction team in Afghanistan’s Kunar province facilitated a July 28 meeting between Afghan government officials and provincial leaders to address Kunar’s timber situation. Gov. Fazlullah Wahidid of Afghanistan’s Kunar province addresses Afghan government officials, business leaders, landowners and elders during a meeting to discuss the province’s timber problem, July 28, 2009. U.S. Army photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Gov. Fazlullah Wahidid met with the Afghan Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal and other officials at his compound in Asadabad to discuss the two main problems in the province: what...
  • Obama admin green lights logging(DUmmies are outraged)

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

    07/10/2009 11:17:35 AM PDT · by missycocopuffs · 14 replies · 732+ views
    KPIC News ^ | July 10, 2009 | Megan Sweeney
    By Megan Sweeney KPIC News Video ROSEBURG, Ore. -- In what is believed to be connected to the logging protest near Reedsport, patrol officers and detectives responded to the Home Depot in Roseburg after 40-50 protesters entered the business. According to police, the group used the store's public address system, moved displays around and put up a banner that said "Dam the Home Depot, Save Chile's Rivers." Several subjects were taken away from the property but no arrests were made. Police believe this protest is connected with the logging protest near Reedsport. Members of the groups Earth First! and Cascadia...
  • Soldiers Disrupt Timber Smuggling in Afghan Province

    06/08/2009 4:52:29 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 226+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Amber Robinson, USA
    KONAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan, June 8, 2009 – Task Force Chosin soldiers from 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, have been making a difference in disrupting timber smuggling in this lush area near the Pakistan border. Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, intercept illegal timber as it is smuggled through the Narang Valley in Afghanistan’s Konar province. Donkeys are the primary way that timber smugglers are able to export the timber without detection over the rough terrain of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. Courtesy photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Konar has been a route of transit for smuggling goods from...
  • Obama administration supports a timeout on road building in national forests

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

    03/13/2009 4:36:03 PM PDT · by llevrok · 43 replies · 1,650+ views
    SEATTLE — The state Department of Natural Resources has seized more than two dozen logs it says a timber crew featured on the History Channel's reality show 'Ax Men' salvaged illegally. DNR chief enforcement officer Larry Raedel says officers served a search warrant Friday on S&S Aqua Logging to retrieve timber the company had pulled from the Hoquiam River. Raedel says the company didn't have a permit to salvage those logs, and DNR officer were tipped off after watching the show. Calls to the company were not immediately returned. The company is one of several timber crews featured in the...
  • UC Santa Cruz's Science Hill Grove Felled

    12/16/2008 12:51:20 PM PST · by SmithL · 11 replies · 596+ views
    Berkeley Daily Planet ^ | 12/16/8 | Richard Brenneman
    The last UC Santa Cruz treesitter surrendered to campus police Saturday, moments before a chainsaw-wielding crew began to level the redwood grove they had occupied for 402 days. “We knew they were getting ready for an extraction, so we had been preparing,” said Jennifer Charles, who had been the designated media contact for the protest. In the end, when “about 90 police in riot gear” and the commercial tree-cutters appeared Saturday morning, only one treesitter was left in the branches, Charles said. He came down of his own volition, to be promptly booked on charges of trespassing, disturbing the peace...
  • Timbers from a Viking home found in Hungate dig[UK]

    10/09/2008 10:44:45 AM PDT · by BGHater · 10 replies · 467+ views
    The Press ^ | 09 Oct 2008 | Jeremy Small
    THE remains of a Viking home have been discovered in York by archaeologists. York Archaeological Trust archaeologists have exposed what they believe to be a timber-lined cellar of a two-storey house, during excavations at the site of the new Hungate development, which is being built near Stonebow. The archaeologists say the home, which was uncovered about three metres below street level, would have been built in the mid to late tenth century. It appears that ships’ timbers used in the building’s construction – the first discovery of its kind in York. Hungate excavations project director Peter Connelly said: “To find...
  • An Oregon county could vanish along with timber payments

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

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

    06/06/2008 12:00:08 AM PDT · by GOP_Raider · 10 replies · 109+ views
    Item: Minnick condemns Sali for voting against bill crucial to rural Idaho More Info: The House on Thursday rejected a bill that would have continued for four years payments to rural counties hurt by federal cutbacks in logging. A majority of lawmakers voted for the bill, but under special House rules, the bill was defeated. Supporters brought up the measure under rules that did not allow any amendments. The 218-193 vote in favor — largely along party lines — was well short of the two-thirds needed. The bill's sponsor, Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., denounced Republicans who voted against the bill,...
  • Calif. Supreme Court ruling favors timber company

    05/22/2008 8:04:24 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 113+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 5/22/08 | Don Thompson - ap
    The California Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a Northern California timber company that plans to clear-cut more than 1,000 acres in the Sierra Nevada. In an unanimous ruling Thursday, the state's high court said the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection had acted properly in approving logging plans submitted by Sierra Pacific Industries. Those plans call for clear-cutting about 1,100 acres near Calaveras Big Trees State Park in Calaveras County. Sierra Pacific, California's largest private landowner, has indicated it wants to replicate the same forest-clearing practice on 70 percent of its holdings. The Anderson-based company owns 1.6...
  • County backs community efforts against Trans-Texas Corridor

    02/27/2008 2:16:37 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies · 230+ views
    The Daily Sentinel ^ | February 26, 2008 | Michael Rodden
    The Nacogdoches County commissioners court voted Tuesday to support numerous community members who have recently turned out in droves opposing the proposed I-69/Trans-Texas Corridor by adopting a resolution against the project. The resolution is expected to be sent to the Texas Department of Transportation and to the governor's office. Precinct 4 Commissioner Tom Strickland said that it's apparent most people in Nacogdoches County approved of the original project — a standard Interstate roadway. But now most are opposed to the large TTC structure. 145th District Court Judge Campbell Cox II submitted a map that showed several oil and gas wells...
  • Timber is a resource — let’s use it

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

    12/31/2007 5:00:03 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 15 replies · 233+ views
    CNN ^ | 12/30/2007 | AP
    WHITESBURG, Kentucky (AP) -- The crime scene -- a once-wooded landscape marked by tire tracks and tree stumps -- makes the victim, Verna Potter, feel physically violated. Dave Potter, left, and his cousin, Mark Combs, sit on oaks that were allegedly chopped down by a timber thief. "It's just like someone cut your heart out," says the 77-year-old Potter, who lost an estimated $50,000 worth of generations-old oak trees, which were taken from her property and sold, without permission, while she was away. Rogue loggers have long preyed on private properties from coast to coast, taking advantage of the elderly,...
  • Mudslide photo spurs look at logging practices

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

    12/15/2007 10:37:06 AM PST · by george76 · 66 replies · 819+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | December 14, 2007
    The Senate removed a provision from the energy bill that would have extended for four years payments to rural counties that once depended on federal timber money to pay for schools and libraries. A House bill approved last week would set aside more than $1.5 billion to compensate 700 rural counties in 39 states -- mostly in the South and West -- that were hurt by federal logging cutbacks in the 1990s. An additional $350 million would have gone to rural states through a program that reimburses state and local governments for federally owned property. The timber plan had support...
  • Lots of logs, not enough loggers

    11/07/2007 1:21:09 PM PST · by george76 · 51 replies · 180+ views
    Vail Daily ^ | February 1, 2005 | Cliff Thompson
    When the U.S. Forest Service received no bids on two small timber sales in Eagle County earlier this year, the agency's local rangers encountered what is becoming a problem throughout the intermountain West. The federal agency got a lesson in market economics and the three-way tug of war over lumber in national forests. There were no bidders for the timber "salvage" sales designed to remove trees killed by infesting pine beetles. The Forest Service also wants to sell the dead trees so they won't add extra fuel to wildfires. The glut of dead trees is occurring at a time when...
  • Keeping home fires burning ( Logging for Bio Mass Fuel )

    11/09/2007 8:31:14 AM PST · by george76 · 20 replies · 446+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | November 9, 2007 | Roger Fillion
    New mill to turn dead trees into pellet fuel. Colorado's first wood-pellet mill owes its birth to pine beetles that are killing millions of trees near the town of Kremmling and across northwest Colorado. The diseased trees will be the new Kremmling mill's chief input - a new twist for the pellet-fuel industry. The 18,000-square-foot plant is billed as the largest west of the Mississippi. It's slated in February to start grinding trees into environmentally friendly pellets for wood-pellet stoves and industrial and commercial pellet boilers. Many of the trees are too skinny or too cracked and old to be...
  • As Logging Fades, Rich Carve Up Open Land in West

    10/13/2007 4:56:07 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 17 replies · 158+ views
    New York Times ^ | October 13, 2007 | Kirk Johnson
    WHITEFISH, Mont. — William P. Foley II pointed to the mountain. Owns it, mostly. A timber company began logging in view of his front yard a few years back. He thought they were cutting too much, so he bought the land. Mr. Foley belongs to a new wave of investors and landowners across the West who are snapping up open spaces as private playgrounds on the borders of national parks and national forests. In style and temperament, this new money differs greatly from the Western land barons of old — the timber magnates, copper kings and cattlemen who created the...
  • WA: Judge halts logging in owl habitat

    08/01/2007 8:40:08 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 599+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/1/07 | Donna Gordon Blankinship - ap
    SEATTLE - A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction Wednesday to stop Weyerhaeuser Co. from logging in spotted owl habitat on four parcels of private land in Washington. U.S. District Judge Marsha J. Pechman did not grant, however, an additional request by the Seattle Audubon Society to stop the state of Washington from granting permits to log in spotted owl habitat. The injunction from logging covers spotted owl habitat within 2.7 miles of the center of four circles of land in southwestern Washington that are owned by Weyerhaeuser. "It really shows the Endangered Species Act still has some teeth in...
  • Environmentalists Lose Court Battle to Stop Timber Harvesting in Eastern National Forests

    06/25/2007 12:41:49 PM PDT · by girlangler · 13 replies · 571+ views
    Southern Appalachian Multiple Use Council P.O. Box 1377 Clyde, NC 28721 828-627-3333 NEWS RELEASE For immediate release June 25, 2007 Contact: Steve Henson, Executive Director Southern Appalachian Multiple-Use Council, 828-627-3333 Environmentalists Lose Court Battle to Stop Timber Harvesting in Eastern National Forests Clyde NC – In a summary judgment ruling last week Federal Chief Judge Sandra Beckwith (Southern District Ohio) found that the US Fish & Wildlife Service (USF&WS) and the US Forest Service (USFS) had properly followed federal law and biological assessments in planning and implementing forest management practices on several eastern national forests including the Pisgah National Forest...
  • National Archives Indian Records Discarded

    09/21/2005 9:47:41 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 710+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 9/21/05 | John Heilprin - ap
    WASHINGTON - Federal officials are investigating how National Archives documents of interest to Indians suing the Interior Department were found discarded in a trash bin and a wastebasket. The discovery came to light on Sept. 1, when Archives staff noticed federal records in one of the trash bins behind the National Archives Building near the Capitol. They notified the Archives' inspector general, Paul Brachfeld, whose staff recovered the documents. They found at least a portion of the documents were Bureau of Indian Affairs records dating to the 1950s, according to Jason Baron of the Archives' Office of General Counsel, in...
  • 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...
  • 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...

    12/22/2005 8:09:53 AM PST · by hedgetrimmer · 61 replies · 897+ views
    WASHINGTON, DC—Steve Swanson, Chairman of the Coalition for Fair Lumber Imports, announced today that the U.S. lumber industry is challenging the constitutionality of a dispute settlement system under the North American Free Trade Agreement, commonly referred to as Chapter 19. The Chapter 19 system allows bi-national panels of individuals to make binding decisions about application of U.S. law to U.S. unfair trade findings contrary to due process and other constitutional requirements. “The Constitution does not permit these panels to be the final arbiter of whether U.S. law provides for relief from unfair subsidies and dumping for U.S. producers and workers,”...
  • SOLAR WARMING UPDATE: Two Stories on the Environment

    10/10/2005 11:58:21 PM PDT · by Yosemitest · 21 replies · 1,057+ views
    The Truth Detector ^ | October 10, 2005 | Rush Limbaugh
    Two Stories on the Environment October 10, 2005 Download Windows Media PlayerListen to Rush Conduct Broadcast Excellence (Highly Recommended by Poster) BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I have a couple of environmental stories here that I want to share with you. First in the New York Times. The headline: "As Polar Ice Turns to Water, Dreams of Treasure Abound." The story is written from Churchill, Manitoba, which for those of you in Rio Linda, is Canada. A manatee is the sea cow. " It seems harsh to say that bad news for polar bears is good for Pat Broe. Mr. Broe,...
  • Hurricane-Felled Timber Worth Billions (agricultural losses top $3 billion; timber hardest hit)

    10/10/2005 3:34:45 PM PDT · by Libloather · 34 replies · 946+ views
    Fox 23 ^ | 10/10/05
    Hurricane-Felled Timber Worth Billions United Press International U.S. timber companies are scrambling to harvest tons of timber felled by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The companies are moving as quickly as possible to recover the millions of trees before they rot, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday. Industry analysts estimate that more than 20 billion board feet are down, enough to build 1 million houses. Timber down in Louisiana is worth $900 million; in Mississippi, the felled timber is worth $2.4 billion, experts estimate.
  • 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...