Timber Harvest on the Rise

MEDFORD, Ore. – Timber harvest in Oregon is up to its highest level in seven years. According to the Department of Forestry, the statewide timber harvest rose to 4.2 billion board feet, making four consecutive years of gains. The majority of that increase is on private, industrial lands, where yield rose 61%. Experts say the … Continue reading »

Local Group Against Forest Proposal

MEDFORD, Ore. — An Oregon senator’s plan to log on O&C lands is being met with controversy. Senator Ron Wyden’s proposal to log on O&C lands has several goals: offer a permanent revenue source for counties, protect wildlife, old-growth, and create jobs. He’s included specific policies to protect old-growth and set-aside land to not allow … Continue reading »

Wildfire Timber Salvage Discussed

MEDFORD, Ore. — Now that the fires are out in the Douglas Complex and other big fires that roared through the area this summer, state and local officials are wondering if and when salvage operations will begin on federal lands. As NewsWatch12 reported last week, private timber holders are already busy clearing what they can, … Continue reading »

Timber Companies Sue BLM, Forest Service

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Three timber companies are banding together and suing the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management for restricting their timber harvesting during the government shutdown. The timber companies are arguing that the government has no authority under timber sale contracts to force loggers to stop working. The lawsuit seeks … Continue reading »

Logging Protest Bills Pass Oregon House

SALEM, Ore. — Protesters who chain themselves to trees and block roads, interfering with logging operations, may soon face stiffer penalties. The Oregon House has passed two bills targeting those protesters. A first offense would be a misdemeanor and subsequent offenses would be felonies. The other bill would allow logging companies to sue demonstrators who … Continue reading »