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Judge blocks Montana logging project in Canada lynx habitat

A federal judge blocked a logging project northeast of Yellowstone National Park until federal officials analyze the effects of the project on Canada lynx that live in the area.


Colville National Forest logging project can move forward, appeals court says

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 …


Federal judge denies injunction, allows logging to continue near Colville

A federal judge ruled against an environmental group Friday seeking an emergency injunction to stop a logging project in the Colville National Forest in northeast Washington.


Logging error saddles elderly Idaho man with legal bills; ‘It is a tragedy,’ justice says

When Kenneth Eyer decided to log part of his Sagle property to raise money for his wife’s chemotherapy bills, he never dreamed he’d end up owing more than $100,000 in …


100 years ago in the region: Movies, music used to quell labor unrest in logging camps

The region’s lumberjacks were about to get a modern upgrade in logging camp life: movies and music.


Polish forest’s fate uncertain

It is the last remaining relic of an ancient forest that stretched for millennia across the lowlands of Europe and Russia, a shadowy, mossy woodland where bison and lynx roam …


‘Worst forest pest insect’ recently found in Vancouver

After more than 15 years of being gypsy moth free, the Washington state Department of Agriculture has found what it calls “the worst forest pest insect ever to enter the …


Deal protects huge swath of central B.C. coast from logging

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest has been largely protected from logging in a landmark agreement among aboriginals, forest companies, environmental groups and the government. Premier Christy …


Salvage logging planned for Marble Creek area

The Idaho Panhandle National Forests has proposed a 173-acre salvage logging sale for an area that burned during the Marble Creek Fire last summer.


State bans logging on forest lands due to fire danger

Logging and other industrial activities will be banned across Eastern Washington forests because of fire danger.


Tour Deshais: Descending through history

COLVILLE – After I crested one of the highest strips of pavement in Washington, I descended into history. My speed reached 25 mph, 30, 35 mph, and I went back …


Washington state board meets on landslide threat

OLYMPIA – Washington needs to identify all potential landslide areas in the state quickly and ban logging near them until it can come up with better rules to avoid fatal …


Scientists fight logging of fire-ravaged forests

RENO, Nev. – More than 200 biologists, ecologists and other scientists are urging Congress to defeat legislation they say would destroy critical wildlife habitat by setting aside U.S. environmental laws …


Judge won’t delay Kootenai logging project

HELENA – An on-again, off-again logging project in the Kootenai National Forest may be going ahead after a federal judge refused to block it during a lawsuit appeal. U.S. District …


Timber companies sue Forest Service, BLM over logging shutdown

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Western timber companies have gone to court to lift the logging ban on national forests due to the government shutdown, arguing the government has no authority …


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 …


Lewiston man dies in logging truck crash

LEWISTON, Idaho — A Lewiston man has died in a logging truck crash in North Idaho. The Idaho State Police say 69-year-old Vernon Benjamin was driving a loaded log truck …


Eye on Boise: Slow growth seen in timber market

BOISE – Idaho’s state Land Board has approved a timber sale plan for 2014 that calls for harvesting 249 million board feet from state endowment lands, the highest logging level …


Groups confront Idaho roadless rule

A coalition of environmental groups filed arguments last week before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at Portland in an ongoing effort to repeal the Idaho roadless rule and …


Babbitt blasts ‘radical’ GOP bill on public lands

Former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt is blasting as “radical” a Republican proposal to open up more than 50 million acres of public lands to logging and other development. Babbitt, who …


Appeals court: mud from logging roads is pollution

A federal appeals court today decided that mud washing off logging roads is pollution and ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to write regulations to reduce the amount that reaches salmon …


Obama administration extends roadless moratorium

The Obama administration is extending for another year the moratorium on most logging and mining in millions of acres of remote and rugged sections of national forests.


Obama to defend roadless rule

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration says it will defend a 2001 rule imposed by President Bill Clinton that blocked road construction and other development on tens of millions of acres …


Western logging plan gets ax

SEATTLE – Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Thursday scrapped a plan, authorized in the last days of the Bush administration, to nearly quadruple the allowable logging on federal lands in …


Obama administration scraps Bush logging plan

The Obama administration is withdrawing the Bush administration’s last attempt at increasing logging in Northwest forests occupied by northern spotted owls and salmon.


Man killed in logging accident identified

The man killed in a logging accident near Harrison Wednesday has been identified as Maximinio Perez-Hernandez, 29, of Honduras.


Thinning project will create 55 jobs

COEUR D’ALENE – More than $2 million in federal stimulus funding will be used to thin trees in four North Idaho counties, restoring the ecosystem and lowering the risk of …


Supreme Court limits logging lawsuits

WASHINGTON – A closely divided Supreme Court on Tuesday limited environmentalists’ ability to challenge Forest Service rules in a case that arose from a controversial Sequoia National Forest salvage logging …


Growing kids and forests

CAREYWOOD, Idaho – On Thursday, a group of elementary school students from Sagle and Priest River sat on the grass and got a lesson in high technology. “This here will …