timber industry

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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Timber Market
6:54 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Demand For Western Lumber Increases, While Log Supply Is Tight

Hundreds of sawmill representatives gathered in Portland Monday for a trade association meeting. Thanks to a recovering housing market, the U.S. demand for lumber is increasing. Amelia Templeton of Earthfix has more.

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Proposed Timber Sale
6:27 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Environmentalists Say Proposed Timber Sale Near Crater Lake Includes Old Growth

Environmental groups want the Forest Service to reconsider a proposed timber sale just west of Crater Lake National Park. EarthFix reporter Amelia Templeton has more.

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Federal Spending Cuts
4:43 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Oregon's Rural Counties Will Lose Federal Money Under Sequester

Oregon's financially beleaguered rural counties will suffer even more if the deep federal spending cuts known as "the sequester" are enacted. A program that provides money for counties with large tracts of federal land will be impacted.

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Rural Idaho Economy
4:37 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Early Economic Recovery Leaves Rural Idaho Behind

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 5:59 pm

New numbers out Monday show Idaho's rural areas experienced the post-recession years very differently from the state's cities. While places like Boise and Pocatello were on the mend, economic output in rural communities in Idaho declined.

At first glance, Idaho's rural counties appeared to be making an economic recovery with the rest of the state. But Idaho’s Department of Labor says when you take inflation into account, the output of goods and services from rural Idaho actually declined by $90 million in 2011.

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Sequester Cuts
6:24 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Sequester Could Take Bite Out of Final Aid Payment To Oregon Timber Counties

The federal government’s across-the-board spending cuts could hit soon in western Oregon. Congressman Greg Walden says the feds plan to apply the so called sequester cut this week to a program for timber dependent counties. Amelia Templeton of EarthFix reports.

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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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