Northwest logging http://www.kplu.org en Shutdown Halts Logging on Northwest's National Forests http://www.kplu.org/post/shutdown-halts-logging-northwests-national-forests <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Loggers are packing up and leaving timber sales uncut across the Northwest as a result of the partial federal government shutdown. Timber companies say even if a deal is reached soon at the nation&#39;s Capitol, the effects from the logging hiatus could be felt all the way into next spring.</span></p><p>Timber companies received letters from the U.S. Forest Service telling them to cease operations after employees who oversee and inspect timber sales were furloughed.</p><p> Sat, 12 Oct 2013 14:01:00 +0000 Jessica Robinson 10419 at http://www.kplu.org Shutdown Halts Logging on Northwest's National Forests Critical habitat for spotted owl still vulnerable, groups say http://www.kplu.org/post/critical-habitat-spotted-owl-still-vulnerable-groups-say <p>Dozens of prominent environmental groups including the Sierra Club and Friends of the Earth are asking President Obama for help protecting old-growth forests in the northwest.</p><p>Steve Holmer, with the American Bird Conservancy, says <a href="http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-03-08/pdf/2012-5042.pdf">a new rule</a> designating critical habitat for the <a href="http://www.fws.gov/oregonfwo/Species/Data/NorthernSpottedOwl/">northern spotted owl</a> has loopholes.</p> Thu, 05 Jul 2012 21:43:01 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 5516 at http://www.kplu.org Critical habitat for spotted owl still vulnerable, groups say Loggers and tree huggers united: feds rewarding cooperation in U.S. National Forests http://www.kplu.org/post/loggers-and-tree-huggers-united-feds-rewarding-cooperation-us-national-forests <p><a href="http://www.fs.fed.us/restoration/CFLR/documents/2011Proposals/Region6/Colville/NEWForestVisionCFLRP2020ver2.pdf">Restoration projects in Eastern Washington&rsquo;s Colville National Forest </a>are a model for the nation; that was the word from U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack two years ago. &nbsp;</p><p>And now those efforts are netting nearly a million dollars in new federal funding.</p><p>At the same time, funding has been renewed for another project in Washington: the <a href="http://www.tapash.org/about.htm">Tapash Sustainable Forest Collaborative</a>, near Yakima.</p><p> Fri, 03 Feb 2012 20:22:09 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 4041 at http://www.kplu.org Loggers and tree huggers united: feds rewarding cooperation in U.S. National Forests Environmentalists challenge logging plans over threatened murrelet http://www.kplu.org/post/environmentalists-challenge-logging-plans-over-threatened-murrelet <p>Three environmental groups intend to take Oregon&#39;s Department of Forestry to court over the effect logging has on a threatened seabird.</p><p> Fri, 20 Jan 2012 20:57:01 +0000 Rob Manning 3845 at http://www.kplu.org Oregon's timber counties still seeking help http://www.kplu.org/post/oregons-timber-counties-still-seeking-help <p>Oregon&#39;s timber dependent counties are still hoping for a federal rescue. But they&#39;re creating contingency plans in case Congress doesn&#39;t come through with a replacement for historic timber revenue.</p><p>Officials from eight counties met with Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber Monday to discuss their options. Some counties say they could become insolvent in the next year without additional funding.</p><p> Tue, 20 Dec 2011 17:24:26 +0000 Chris Lehman 3504 at http://www.kplu.org Oregon panel approves increased logging on Elliot State Forest http://www.kplu.org/post/oregon-panel-approves-increased-logging-elliot-state-forest <p>SALEM, Ore. - The Oregon Land Board gave the go-ahead Tuesday to a plan that will dramatically ramp up logging in a state forest in the Oregon Coast Range. The action came amid protests.</p><p>Environmental groups bused in protesters from Portland and Eugene. Long-time activist Tre Arrow led the group in a sing-along outside the Land Board headquarters.</p><p>Tre Arrow: &quot;The time is now for the people to rise up.&quot;</p> Tue, 11 Oct 2011 20:53:36 +0000 Chris Lehman 2875 at http://www.kplu.org Oregon panel approves increased logging on Elliot State Forest China snaps up logs from the Northwest http://www.kplu.org/post/china-snaps-logs-northwest <p>Medford, Ore. &ndash; The Pacific Northwest exported almost a billion board feet of unmilled logs to Asia in the first half of 2011.</p><p>That&#39;s enough to build about 70 thousand homes. It&#39;s also a 79 percent increase from 2010 exports, according to second quarter trade data just reviewed by Forest Service economist Debra Warren.</p><p> Fri, 02 Sep 2011 18:56:06 +0000 Amelia Templeton 2529 at http://www.kplu.org China snaps up logs from the Northwest