Latest Lumber and timber industry News

US bat species devastated by fungus now listed as endangered

Nov. 29, 2022 12:51 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Biden administration declared the northern long-eared bat endangered on Tuesday in a last-ditch effort to save a species driven to the brink of extinction by white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease. “White-nose syndrome is decimating cave-dwelling...

Fire plan would cut 2.4 million New Jersey Pinelands trees

Nov. 25, 2022 13:08 PM EST

BASS RIVER TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Up to 2.4 million trees would be cut down as part of a project to prevent major wildfires in a federally protected New Jersey forest heralded as a unique environmental treasure. New Jersey environmental officials say the plan to kill trees in a...

Maine close to inking land use agreement for rural north

Nov. 22, 2022 13:39 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine officials are close to finalizing a land use agreement that supporters said would protect one of the most rural corners of the country from overdevelopment years after environmentalists raised concerns about McMansions rising in the area. The land use...

Hippos, sharks up for protection at UN wildlife conference

Nov. 14, 2022 11:11 AM EST

Hippos poached for their skin and teeth, sharks targeted by the fin trade and a tiny frog with translucent skin are among the hundreds of species that could get greater protection at a United Nations wildlife conference opening Monday. The 184-nation Convention on International Trade...

Striking Weyerhaeuser workers in Pacific NW back to work

Oct. 29, 2022 15:45 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) — Union workers at the timber company Weyerhaeuser have ended their strike and could be back on the job as early as next week in Oregon and Washington. More than 1,000 employees took to the picket line for 46 days because of sticking points over health care...

Former NC senator, newspaper publisher Stan Bingham dies

Oct. 28, 2022 14:57 PM EDT

DENTON, N.C. (AP) — Former North Carolina state Sen. Stan Bingham, a businessman and newspaper publisher whose anecdotes and good-naturedness endeared him to colleagues from both parties, died Thursday at age 76. Bingham died at his home in Denton from natural causes, Jack Briggs...

Conspiracy pushers target races for local election posts

Oct. 25, 2022 06:26 AM EDT

SHELTON, Wash. (AP) — Sixteen candidates for local office circled around the atrium of the municipal building on a recent night in Shelton, a logging town near the southern crook of Puget Sound. One by one, they sat at tables of inquisitive voters for what was dubbed “candidate speed-dating.”...

Idaho adds another easement to protect working timberlands

Oct. 19, 2022 16:13 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little and other statewide elected officials have approved a northern Idaho conservation easement as part of a program that has protected from development about 156 square miles (400 square kilometers) of private timberland. The Republican...

Historic homes may prove to be more resilient against floods

Oct. 09, 2022 08:00 AM EDT

SUFFOLK, Va. (AP) — Whenever historic homes get flooded, building contractors often feel compelled by government regulations to rip out the water-logged wood flooring, tear down the old plaster walls and install new, flood-resistant materials. It’s a hurried approach that's...

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...