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Idaho, U.S. sign logging and forest restoration agreement

State and federal officials signed an agreement Tuesday that will help protect Idaho’s national forest lands, which they said are at risk of insect infestations and destructive wildfires.


Logging in Upper Skagit River watershed put on hold as Seattle has ‘grave concern’

Conservationists fear recent logging at the Canadian headwaters of the Skagit River, the premier salmon producer of Puget Sound, will open the door to mining down the road.


UPDATED: Sat., July 28, 2018

Idaho man ‘loved every minute’ of 50-year logging career

Doug Cook was named this year’s Bull of the Woods by the Priest River Chamber of Commerce.


Idaho gears up to boost logging, restoration on federal land

Idaho has more than doubled the number of workers assigned to logging and restoration projects on federal lands in the state with the goal of doubling the timber harvest and …


George Wuerthner: Harvesting dead trees is bad for forests

A recent article in the The Spokesman-Review (“Colville cutting down decades of decline,” Feb. 3) celebrated increased logging on the Colville National Forest. The main justification for logging is to …


Colville National Forest poised to set records as both timber harvest, restoration increase

After decades of declining timber harvests and forest restoration projects, the Colville National Forest has turned a corner and is dramatically increasing both.


U.S. considers logging project along scenic Wyoming highway

The U.S. Forest Service is considering allowing logging along a scenic highway leading to Yellowstone National Park to remove insect-infested trees and reduce fire danger.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017

House approves bill to speed logging to combat wildfires

Responding to deadly wildfires in California and the West, House Republicans on Wednesday passed a bill to allow faster approval for logging and other actions to reduce the risk of …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 22, 2017

Idaho ramps up ‘Good Neighbor Authority’ to boost logging in federal forests

Idaho’s state lands department says it has a new mission: Increasing active management – and logging – on federal forests in the state.


Front & Center: Logger Donna Godes and her husband

Super glue is Donna Godes’ first choice for keeping husband-cum-logging partner Gary patched together. But Gary credits his wife with being the human super glue holding together the couple’s varied …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 13, 2017

People from across Europe protest logging in Polish forest

Hundreds of people have gathered in an ancient forest in Poland to protest the widespread logging the government has ordered there.


EU court orders Poland to halt logging in ancient forest

A European court ordered Poland on Friday to immediately stop cutting trees in Europe’s last pristine woodland, the Bialowieza Forest.


UPDATED: Wed., July 19, 2017

GOP targets Endangered Species Act as protections lifted

Congressional Republicans are moving forward with legislation to roll back the Endangered Species Act, amid complaints that the 44-year-old law hinders drilling, logging and other activities.


As wildfires rage in West, D.C. lawmakers fight over forest policy

With wildfire season raging in western states, Congress is embroiled in a battle over how best to fight the fires.


Federal judge rules Idaho logging project can continue

A federal court has ruled an Idaho logging project designed to reduce fire risk at a tiny mountain community can move forward.


UPDATED: Tue., May 9, 2017

Oregon State Land Board: Oldest state forest to stay public

The Oregon State Land Board on Tuesday ditched its plan to sell the Elliott State Forest, deciding to keep it in public hands and ordering the Department of State Lands …


Oregon timber counties struggle to provide services as aid dries up

So much timber money once flowed into this rural Oregon county that its leaders set up committees to find ways to spend it. Today, Douglas County’s library system is on …


UPDATED: Sun., April 23, 2017

Restoration mantra has created a bump for logging

Logging is up in the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest under the U.S. Forest Service timber program that focuses less on commercial sales and instead sees logs as a byproduct of …


UPDATED: Tue., April 18, 2017

Idaho timber sale plan for state lands in 2018 draws praise from logging firms

Idaho’s top elected officials on Tuesday approved a logging plan for state lands next year aimed at selling 252 million board-feet of timber, in line with the levels of the …


Groups warn of lawsuit over logging of Oregon forests because of harm to salmon

Fishing and conservation groups are threatening to sue the Oregon Department of Forestry, alleging it has failed to reform logging practices in the Tillamook and Clatsop state forests that harm …


UPDATED: Fri., March 17, 2017

Idaho senator makes another run at relaxing child labor laws for family-owned logging operations

U.S. Sen. Jim Risch wants to relax child labor laws to allow 16-year-olds to run logging equipment under parental supervision in family-owned businesses.


State Land Board votes to sell Oregon’s oldest state forest

Oregon’s state Land Board voted 2-1 on Tuesday to sell the state’s oldest public forest.


Forest audit finds Idaho loggers following state rules

Idaho’s logging rules intended to protect water quality in streams inhabited by fish are effective and loggers are following those rules, state officials say.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 7, 2017

Forest audit finds Idaho loggers following state rules

Officials say Idaho’s logging rules intended to protect water quality in streams inhabited by fish are effective and that loggers are following those rules. The Idaho 2016 Interagency Forest Practices …


New wood technology may offer hope for struggling timber

D.R. Johnson Lumber Co. in Oregon is one of two U.S. timber mills making a new wood product that’s the buzz of the construction industry. It’s called cross-laminated timber, or …


Judge stops logging on former portion of Elliot State Forest

A federal judge has banned logging on a former piece of Elliot State Forest near Coos Bay.


100 years ago in Inland Northwest: Under pressure from Wobblies, companies agree to plan to improve logging camps

From our archive, 100 years ago The region’s logging operators, 36 companies in all, were nearing agreement on a plan to make life easier for the men and women in …


Fate of Oregon’s oldest state forest is examined

Oregon’s top elected state leaders heard at times heated testimony on Tuesday about the proposed sale of the Elliott State Forest, whose lumber proceeds help fund the state’s schools, to …


Neighbors question state agency’s decision to log cedar grove near Lake Pend Oreille

A 40-acre grove of cedar trees near Lake Pend Oreille could be logged next summer to generate cash for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.


Idaho officials sell commercial properties for $17.3 million

Idaho officials have sold seven commercial properties for $17.3 million as part of a plan to get rid of politically contentious commercial real estate and use the money to buy …