Logging

Oregon Forests
6:37 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Pew Poll Finds Support For Protecting O&C Forests

A majority of Oregon voters favor protections for the so called O and C forest lands in Western Oregon. That’s according to a new poll commissioned by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Amelia Templeton of Earthfix reports.

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Logging Protests
4:01 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Anti-Logging Protesters: 'We Are Not Terrorists'

Jay Plater Flickr

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 5:07 pm

Some environmental groups say they're being unfairly targeted by legislation working its way through the Oregon capitol. A pair of measures take aim at protesters who get in the way of tree harvesting operations on state-owned forest land.

One bill would make it easier for timber companies to sue protesters. Another would increase criminal penalties for people who block logging operations.

Or, as Republican representative Wayne Krieger put it on the House floor, "The bill addresses environmental terrorism."

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Logging Protests
3:53 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Lawmakers Want To Crack Down On Logging Protests

US Forest Service

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 3:17 pm

Oregon lawmakers want to increase penalties for protesters who disrupt logging on state-owned forestland. The Oregon House Monday approved a measure that makes it a crime to obstruct timber operations. But the bill would still allow protests that don't actually block logging crews.

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Timber Bills
6:44 am
Mon April 8, 2013

House Debates Proposals To Raise Revenue For Counties Through Logging

Congress is back in session this week. The House will discuss two proposals that would increase logging in federal forests to raise money for struggling timber counties. Amelia Templeton of EarthFix reports.

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Log Exports
5:12 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Oregon Representative Proposes Tax Measure To Discourage Log Exports

Last year, about 18 percent of the trees harvested in the Northwest were shipped as raw logs to mills in Asia.
Credit Okko Pyykkö / Wikimedia Commons

An Oregon state representative has introduced a bill to try to curb the export of raw logs. A House committee held its first hearing on the bill today.

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Oregon Logging Project
4:01 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Judge Halts Timber Sale East Of Eugene

Conservation groups say the area near McKenzie Bridge includes spotted owl habitat.
Credit KLCC

A federal judge has blocked a proposed logging project on the Willamette National Forest, saying the government must first do an environmental impact statement, or EIS.

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Logging Roads
5:53 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Supreme Court Rules Logging Roads Don’t Violate Pollution Law

The Supreme Court decided 7-1 in favor of the timber industry.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The Supreme Court today decided in favor of the timber industry in a case about the regulation of muddy waters that flow off logging roads. In a surprising move, one of the court’s conservative justices dissented, and sided with the environmentalists.

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Invasive Weeds
4:59 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Leaving Behind Logging Debris Could Help Fight Invasive Weeds

Leaving behind broken branches and the tips of treetops after logging can help fight invasive species, such as hairy cats ear.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

A new study from the research arm of the Forest Service suggests that leaving behind broken branches and the tips of treetops after logging can help fight invasive species.

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Mt. Hood Tree Sale
6:29 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Mt Hood National Forest Withdraws Thinning Sale

The Mt. Hood National Forest has withdrawn a decision to thin trees in the upper Clackamas River watershed. Reporting for EarthFix, Amelia Templeton has the story.

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Logging Road Laws
6:40 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Supreme Court: EPA Rule Could Make Logging Road Case Moot 


The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in a case from Oregon over water pollution from logging roads. Amelia Templeton of EarthFix reports a last minute rule change may have made the case moot.

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