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After 15 years of deliberations, the U.S. Forest Service announced Tuesday it has approved a management plan for the Colville National Forest that creates about 61,000 acres of new protected wilderness area – significantly less than environmentalists had hoped for.
Vaagen Brothers Lumber Inc. was the successful bidder on a timber sale aimed at making 604 acres of the Colville National Forest more resilient to wildfires.
The DNR plan points to prescribed burns, thinning and the steady harvesting of small-diameter trees to help restore forest health.
Fire erupted at a sawmill along U.S. 95 Wednesday morning, sending plumes of black smoke into the air and suspending operations as firefighters arrived.
The Vaagen family operates one of the few remaining family-owned sawmills in the West. They plan to be the last one standing by making changes.
A spinoff of Vaagen Brothers Lumber Inc. plans to start making a product that could transform how high-rise buildings are constructed, someday making wooden skyscrapers part of city skylines.
A to Z project planned by timber industry, environmentalists and local government has been allowed to go forward, helping preserve jobs and the resource.
An environmental group trying to stop a logging project on the Colville National Forest was dealt another setback last week, when the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals denied its request for an emergency injunction.
Pilot projects at Mill Creek Watershed could point the way to long-term forest health solution.
Allowing company funded environmental reviews opens way to private control of national forests.
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 logs.
In a pilot project that has attracted national attention – and some controversy – the Colville National Forest has turned to a timber company to help it restore the forest.
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 Brothers Lumber Co. had purchased on the Colville National Forest, and it could trigger future work furloughs at the company’s two sawmills in northeast Washington, said Russ Vaagen, the firm’s vice president.
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 bidder on the contract, which is valued at up to $30 million.
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 proposal that would step up timber harvests in the Colville National Forest over the next 20 years.
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 had sat vacant for three years before residents in the town of 630 decided to buy it. Boundary Sawmill, the local corporation, has signed a 10-year lease with Vaagen Brothers, which will run a small-diameter log mill similar to its operation in Colville.
A proposal to designate 215,000 acres of new wilderness areas in the Colville National Forest is drawing support from a broad coalition of forest users. The plan would expand the existing Salmo-Priest Wilderness in Northeast Washington and create new wilderness along the Kettle Crest, protecting six peaks that are each over 7,000 feet tall. The acreage represents some of the most remote, untouched land left in the lower 48 states. It’s home to grizzly bears, lynx and woodland caribou. And it’s an important wildlife migration route that connects the Rocky Mountains to the Cascades, environmentalists say.