Logging

Snohomish County Mudslide
5:29 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

No Logging Moratorium In Wake Of Oso Landslide

A view of the slope where the Oso landslide took place.
Credit Snohomish County / Flickr

In the wake of the deadly landslide near Oso, Wash., there will be no immediate moratorium on logging around unstable slopes. Some conservationists and regulators wanted to push for that. Environmental lawyer and activist Peter Goldman of Seattle was one of them. But Goldman says the state Forest Practices Board learned Tuesday it doesn't have the authority to impose a logging moratorium.

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Snohomish County Mudslide
4:23 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

USGS Geologist Doubts Exact Cause Of Oso Landslide Will Ever Be Known

A federal geologist doubts the cause of the deadly landslide near Oso, Wash. will ever be fully pinned down.
Credit Washington Governor's Office

A federal geologist doubts the cause of the deadly landslide near Oso, Wash. will ever be fully pinned down. During testimony in Olympia, USGS scientist Jonathan Godt said heavy rains in February and March certainly contributed to the slide. Geologists have also ruled out an earthquake as a trigger. But Godt says a big missing piece is groundwater flows, for which there's no data.

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Oso Landslide
7:44 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Oso: Clearcut Extended Into No-Logging Zone

Washington Department of Natural Resources image shows 2005 clearcut extending into no-logging zone at site of Oso landslide.
Credit Washington Department of Natural Resources

State officials say they didn't approve clearcutting inside a no-logging zone directly above Saturday's deadly landslide in the town of Oso.  But aerial photos show a clearcut extending into the zone where a loss of trees would heighten the risk of landslides. 

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Forest Privatization
5:21 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Conservationists Say They'll Sue Over Privatization Of State Forest

Conservation groups object to the potential privatization of the Elliott State Forest in Oregon's coast range.
Credit Oregon Department of Forestry

Conservation groups want timber companies to know they'll sue if an endangered seabird's habitat is threatened by logging. The groups object to the potential privatization of the Elliott State Forest in Oregon's coast range.

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Logging Exports
4:59 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

2013: A Good Year For West Coast Log And Lumber Exports

Lumber and log exports from the West Coast rose about 20 percent last year.
Credit Sean Mack / Wikimedia Commons

Lumber and log exports from the West Coast rose about 20 percent last year, with demand peaking in the fourth quarter.

Most of the West Coast logs shipped overseas are going to China, although Japan has upped its demand, as well. With limited forestlands of their own, these countries rely on the United States’ timber supply.

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Northwest Timber
4:07 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Groups Aim To Boost Logging, Restoration In Olympic National Forest

File photo of Mount Townsend Trail in the Olympic National Forest
Miguel Vieira Flickr

Originally published on Tue December 3, 2013 4:04 pm

Timber industry and environmental groups will make a stab at collaboration to boost both logging and habitat restoration in the Olympic National Forest.

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Oregon Timber Plan
4:24 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Wyden Timber Plan Aims To Bolster Hard-Hit Logging Towns

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber introduces U.S. Senator Ron Wyden during a press conference at the Oregon capitol Tuesday.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 3:10 pm

Oregon U.S. Senator Ron Wyden says his latest proposal to increase logging on Oregon forest land will also respect environmental concerns. 

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Logging Exports
6:33 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Export Terminal In Newport Would Route Log Trucks Past Condos

The barges leaked oil into Yaquina bay and over the years the terminal fell out of use.
Credit kingtideoregon

The Port of Newport on the Oregon coast is planning to develop a log export terminal. That’s led to a conflict with the port’s new neighbors.

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Federal Logging
6:03 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

House Passes Bill To Increase Logging on Federal Land

The US House has passed legislation that would increase timber production both on National Forests and the former railroad properties in Western Oregon known as the O&C lands. Oregon Public Broadcasting's David Nogueras reports.

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Logging Debates
6:29 am
Fri September 20, 2013

House Debates O&C Measure

The US House of Representatives debated a bill Thursday that would dramatically increase logging on federal forest lands in the Northwest.

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