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 »

Differing Opinions On Timber Future

ASHLAND, Ore. — A tree can go a long way in southern Oregon. Environmentalists say forests are a source of beauty and timber officials say they are a staple of the economy. Soon enough, most of them could come under new management. “It’s two and a half million acres, and they are some of the … Continue reading »

EPA Rules On Logging Runoff

MEDFORD, Ore. – An environmental ruling is being called a good move for the timber industry. The Environmental Protection Agency has clarified that water runoff from logging roads does not require special permits. Leaders in the timber industry say it’s a ruling that allows logging work to continue without more red tape, but the battle … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Gold Hill Rail & Timber

NEAR GOLD HILL, Ore. – The first few decades of the 20th century were times of great growth and development all across Southern Oregon. Mines were re-opened, cities and orchards were growing, and timberlands were feeling the woodsmen’s axes and saws for the first time in our area. This brushy trail along a hillside on … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Lost Forest

CHRISTMAS VALLEY, Ore. – The big pine forests of central and south central Oregon have attracted settlers, lumbermen and recreationalists for generations, but there is one Ponderosa pine forest in our area that seems to be out of place in Lake County. It’s called the “lost forest”, and remains something of a mystery. The “lost … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Pokegama Log Chute

NEAR COPCO LAKE, Ore. – 120 years ago, lumbermen from the East coast and mid-west were discovering what a green gold-mine the forests of the Northwest were. Some of the biggest timber reserves were in the mountains between what is now Ashland and Klamath Falls. On the rugged hillside between the Upper Klamath River and … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: The Model Town

GILCHRIST, Ore. – A big part of the growth of Southern Oregon was the development of the timber industry in our area. In the early 20th century, several large timber companies bought thousands of acres of timberland and built mills, railroads and towns. Company towns have been a part of the American landscape for nearly … Continue reading »