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Timber Companies Sue BLM, Forest Service

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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 a temporary restraining order to lift the logging shutdown.

One of the companies filing the lawsuit is South Bay Timber in Grants Pass. The company only logs on federal lands, and as of right now 100% of their biomass operations are shutdown.

With no work being done, the company says it’s losing up to $25,000 a day. They say even if the government shut down comes to an end, they still plan on pursuing the lawsuit.

A decision could come as early as Thursday afternoon. The court date is scheduled for Thursday in the U.S. District court in Medford.