Latest Lumber and timber industry News

Employees at timber company Weyerhaeuser strike over wages

Sep. 13, 2022 16:58 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Employees who work for timber company Weyerhaeuser in Oregon and Washington are on strike, citing low wage increases and high health care premiums. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, which represents more than 1,100...

Montana sawmill destroyed by fire, employee suffers burns

Sep. 13, 2022 14:03 PM EDT

LIVINGSTON, Mont. (AP) — A fire apparently caused by a dust explosion destroyed buildings and equipment at a Montana sawmill and one employee was flown to a Salt Lake City hospital for burn treatment, officials said. The fire started at 6 a.m. Monday at R-Y Timber in Livingston,...

Man shot by a Ludlow police officer has died in the hospital

Sep. 06, 2022 16:16 PM EDT

LUDLOW, Vt. (AP) — A man shot by a police officer in the Vermont town of Ludlow last month has died, state police said Tuesday. Michael Mills, 36, who was shot Aug. 15, died Aug. 25 at a New Hampshire hospital, state police announced. They did not say why there was a delay in...

Palmetto man plants unusual fast-growing hardwoods

Sep. 03, 2022 01:03 AM EDT

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — In late June, Eddie Baker planted some trees on his land in the Palmetto community that have folks talking. “There’s been a tremendous amount of interest in them,” said Baker, 71. “I’ve had phone calls, visits. People use the word-of-mouth grapevine....

Official in Weed, California, says multiple homes have been destroyed in fire that started at lumber mill Friday afternoon (CORRECTS: A previous APNewsAlert erroneously reported that the official was the mayor)

Sep. 02, 2022 19:35 PM EDT
WEED, Calif. (AP) — Official in Weed, California, says multiple homes have been destroyed in fire that started at lumber mill Friday afternoon (CORRECTS: A previous APNewsAlert erroneously reported that the official was the mayor).

So long, Charlie: Centuries-old white oak is no more

Aug. 13, 2022 09:03 AM EDT

SHAWNEELAND, Va. (AP) — It’s 1722 in the Northern Shenandoah Valley. Frederick County won’t be Frederick County for another 21 years. Virginia won’t be Virginia for another 36 years. The only people living in the region are Native Americans of the Shawnee tribe, and they...

Hong Kong's last sawmill faces closure amid development plan

Aug. 06, 2022 00:29 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Chi Kee Sawmill & Timber, Hong Kong’s last operating sawmill, has been processing timber in the city for 75 years. Soon the family-run factory near the territory's border with mainland China might be forced to shut down as part of a development project: it...

US to plant 1 billion trees as climate change kills forests

Jul. 25, 2022 20:03 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Biden administration on Monday said the government will plant more than one billion trees across millions of acres of burned and dead woodlands in the U.S. West, as officials struggle to counter the increasing toll on the nation's forests from wildfires, insects and...

Attorney pleads guilty in timber investment fraud scheme

Jul. 14, 2022 18:41 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi attorney has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud investors in a multimillion-dollar timber investment scheme. Jon Darrell Seawright, 50, of Jackson, entered the plea Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves. ...