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  • Shortage of logs shuts down Usk mill

    Vaagen Brothers Lumber has shut down its sawmill in Usk, Washington, as a result of a sluggish national housing market and a wildfire season that created a regional shortage of …

  • National forest logging suspended by shutdown

    Federal budget troubles spilled into the woods this week, with logging contractors receiving notices to stop harvesting timber on national forests. The shutdown halted about six timber sales that Vaagen …

  • Colville National Forest awards 10-year stewardship contract

    The Colville National Forest has awarded a 10-year stewardship contract to a Northeast Washington sawmill owner, allowing logging in return for restoration work. Vaagen Brothers Lumber Co. was the sole …

  • Forest has ‘too many trees’

    Can cutting trees help save a forest? In northeastern Washington, a broad coalition of loggers, environmental groups, government officials and others think so. They’ve put together a forest restoration grant …

  • Vaagen Brothers Lumber Co. deal will reopen sawmill

    Vaagen Brothers Lumber Co. plans to restart a sawmill in Midway, B.C., through a cross-border deal that should help timber workers in both the U.S. and Canada. The Midway mill …



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