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Boscawen couple named outstanding tree farmers by program

Jan. 19, 2021 5:00 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A couple in Boscawen, New Hampshire, have been named the 2021 Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year by the state tree farm program. Charles and Mabel Niebling bought a 67-acre tree farm in 2001. It has been under a written forest management plan since 2003 that focuses on maintaining...

FILE - In this May 8, 2003, file photo, a Northern Spotted Owl flies after an elusive mouse jumping off the end of a stick in the Deschutes National Forest near Camp Sherman, Ore. The Trump administration has slashed more than 3 million acres of protected habitat for the northern spotted owl in Oregon, Washington and northern California, much of it in prime timber locations in Oregon's coastal ranges. Environmentalists are accusing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under President Donald Trump of taking a

Trump administration slashes imperiled spotted owls' habitat

Jan. 14, 2021 1:27 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Trump administration said Wednesday that it would slash millions of acres of protected habitat designated for the imperiled northern spotted owl in Oregon, Washington state and Northern California, much of it in prime timber locations in Oregon’s coastal ranges....

Biewer Lumber building new sawmill, creates 150 jobs

Jan. 14, 2021 1:05 PM EST

WINONA, Miss. (AP) — A new sawmill is coming to a north Mississippi city and will create 150 jobs. Biewer Lumber is expanding its business in Winona. “My family’s passion for the lumber industry has prompted this expansion in the south. There is no better place to grow the business than the...

Swath of forest land near Quabbin permanently protected

Jan. 10, 2021 12:57 PM EST

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — More than 2,000 acres of forest land near the Quabbin Reservoir is being permanently protected. State officials recently announced the creation of the Walter Cowls Jones Working Forest, which supplements the 3,486-acre Paul C. Jones Working Forest and will serve to protect water...

Lumber costs rose this year because of the pandemic

Dec. 14, 2020 8:54 AM EST

RICHMND, Va. (AP) — The cost of wood in the home construction market has increased this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Friday that industry observers say that prices of some kinds of lumber have more than doubled during parts of this year. For instance, the...

Grizzly committee looks to Canada 'bear smart' communities

Dec. 13, 2020 1:20 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — At the winter meeting of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee, Lori Roberts introduced a new tool to keep the peace between grizzly bears and humankind — “bear smart communities,” inspired by the model used in British Columbia, Canada. Roberts, of Montana Fish,...

Colorado looks to logging to help re-balance forests

Dec. 13, 2020 10:26 AM EST

GOULD, Colo. (AP) — Stunned by unprecedented megafires, Colorado is embracing logging — mowing holes up to 140 acres in beetle-infested lodgepole pines — in an effort to revive out-of-balance forests. This for-profit mechanized tree-cutting, concentrated between the blackened Cameron Peak and...

Virus news: Rhode Island offers tests upon airport arrival

Nov. 29, 2020 6:04 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A look at coronavirus developments around New England: ___ CONNECTICUT Connecticut officials scrambled to find enough personal protective equipment when the coronavirus pandemic hit last spring, relying on Chinese bankers and a lumber company to help procure masks and gowns. They have used a...