Latest Lumber and timber industry News

Trade data: Myanmar teak exports helping fund military rule

Jan. 11, 2022 06:43 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — American companies are still importing teak from Myanmar despite sanctions imposed after the military seized power last year, a report based on trade data said Tuesday. Teak is one of the most valuable hardwoods, used in yachts, home flooring, doors, window frames...

Disabled Army veteran helping others through woodworking

Jan. 02, 2022 09:02 AM EST

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — An Army colonel who found relief from post-traumatic stress disorder through an old woodworking craft hopes the same thing that helped him might help others. Roger Lintz says his eventual freedom from PTSD came through working with his hands as a timber...

Timber company returns waterfront property to tribe

Dec. 23, 2021 09:17 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Port Blakely Companies, a family-owned company with timber operations in the U.S. and New Zealand, has returned 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) of waterfront and 125 acres (51 hectares) of tidelands on Little Skookum Inlet in Mason County to the Squaxin Island Tribe, at no cost. ...

Idaho Land Board officials present $55 million to schools

Dec. 21, 2021 14:00 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — State lands generated $55 million for public schools that Republican Gov. Brad Little and other top elected state officials presented to students on Tuesday in an annual symbolic big check ceremony at the Statehouse. The presentation by Land Board officials...

Court rules against proposed frac sand plant in Wisconsin

Dec. 16, 2021 11:18 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A state appeals court on Thursday refused to reinstate a permit for a proposed $75 million frac sand operation in western Wisconsin, a victory for environmentalists who have been fighting for years to protect the 16 acres (6.5 hectares) of pristine wetlands. ...

Scenic stretch of Lost Coast redwoods to be spared the ax

Dec. 09, 2021 19:15 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The rugged Lost Coast is about to become less forbidding. A conservation group on Thursday said it planned to purchase a scenic 5-mile (8-kilometer) stretch of the Northern California coastline from a lumber company to protect it from logging and eventually open...

Mexico, US announce plan for aid to Central America

Dec. 01, 2021 17:37 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico announced a joint plan with the United States Wednesday to send development and agricultural aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, to stem the wave of migration from those Central American countries. Mexico had long sought a U.S....

Police: Driver stole lumber, led high-speed chase

Nov. 26, 2021 17:47 PM EST

WILSON'S MILLS, N.C. (AP) — A driver stole a trailer loaded with lumber from a North Carolina construction site and led law enforcement officers on a high-speed pursuit on Thanksgiving Day, authorities said. A Wilson's Mills police officer stopped a pickup truck...

Controlled burn plans in works for 3 Utah national forests

Nov. 21, 2021 08:02 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — For decades, the U.S. Forest Service’s practice of putting out wildfires was a huge success. But the policy backfired, setting the stage for the massive destructive wildfires that have flared with increasing regularity across the West. While...

Louisiana voters select 3 new lawmakers in latest election

Nov. 15, 2021 13:54 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana voters have filled three vacant state legislative seats in the just-ended election, without needing runoffs and with no changes to the partisan makeup of the Legislature. Results from the secretary of state's office showed that...