timber industry

Elliott State Forest Sale
4:44 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Oregon Land Board Ponders Future Of Elliott Forest

Protesters demonstrated in front of the capitol prior to the meeting of the State Land Board.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

A large state owned forest in Oregon might end up in new hands.

The State Land Board endorsed a proposal Tuesday to transfer ownership of the Elliott State Forest. But it's not clear who the new owners would be.

The Elliott State Forest in southwest Oregon is supposed to be managed to bring in as much money as possible. And that money is supposed to go to public schools. But the forest is actually losing money in the wake of restrictions on logging.

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Land Purchase
6:12 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Group Makes Largest Private Land Purchase in Washington History

The Nature Conservancy bought nearly 48,000 acres of land from timber company Plum Creek, making it the largest private land purchase in Washington State history.
Credit The Nature Conservancy

A conservation group has made the largest private land acquisition in Washington’s history, purchasing forest land in the Cascade Mountains from a timber company.

The Nature Conservancy bought nearly 48,000 acres of land in the Cascade Mountains, between Snoqualmie Pass and Cle Elum.

The lands are home to spotted owls, elk, salmon, and ponderosa pine. The purchase also encompasses the headwaters of the Yakima River.

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Goldmark Campaign Finance
6:14 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Despite Vow, Washington Lands Chief Takes Timber Money

In 2012 Goldmark took in at least $80,000 from the timber industry, about 15% of his campaign funding.
Credit John Ryan

Fundraising for this November's elections is kicking into high gear. That means candidates are cozying up to people with money. Sometimes, elected officials even get friendly with the companies they regulate.

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8:15 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Helicopter Pilot Faces Fine For Dropping Pesticide On Homes

The Oregon Department of Agriculture says a helicopter pilot allowed herbicides to fall onto homes in a rural community in southern Oregon.

That’s one of the conclusions of a nearly six-month investigation the department made public Tuesday. 

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7:25 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Timber Company Bids To Buy State Forest Land

Seneca Jones Timber Company acknowledges that clearcuts would take place if they receive the property.
Credit Francis Eatherington/Flickr

A prominent timber family’s bid to purchase state forest land in Oregon could lead to old-growth logging near protected wildlife species.

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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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Oregon Timber
4:15 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Congress Eyes Plan To Ramp Up Oregon Timber Harvest

Dan Jenkins, ODFW

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 4:20 pm

Oregon's Congressional members are working on a plan that would dramatically increase logging on some federally-owned forest land in the southwest corner of the state. A House panel advanced a measure Wednesday that would allow increased timber harvests in struggling timber counties.

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Weyerhaeuser Acquisition
4:01 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Timber Giant Weyerhaeuser Makes Major Acquisition

Weyerhaeuser is headquartered in Federal Way, Wash.
Credit camknows / Flickr

Timber industry giant Weyerhaeuser is about to get even bigger. The Federal Way, Washington-based company announced Monday that it's buying Longview Timber in a sale valued at more than $2.6 billion.

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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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