Latest Lumber and timber industry News

Montana timber land buyer plans to maintain public access

Mar. 31, 2020 6:45 PM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — The new owner of large tracts of Montana timber land does not intend to break longstanding access agreements allowing people to use the lands for hunting and fishing, officials said. Georgia-based Southern Pine Plantations Inc. completed a purchase on March 26 of 984 square miles...

Seniors shop early for their groceries at the Johnstown, Pa. Giant Eagle on Tuesday, March 24 2020.  The Pittsburgh base company allows senior citizens to shop early between 6am and 7am before the general public during the COVID-19 pandemic.   (Todd Berkey/The Tribune-Democrat via AP)

Wolf reopens gun shops, orders more residents to stay home

Mar. 24, 2020 9:18 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Even as he ordered residents of another county to stay at home, Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday quietly allowed gun shops to reopen on a limited basis during the coronavirus pandemic after several justices of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court urged him to do so. Firearms dealers may now sell...

USDA to fight destructive beetle in Mass., New York and Ohio

Mar. 21, 2020 11:26 AM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it's focusing on eradicating the destructive Asian longhorned beetle in parts of Massachusetts, New York and Ohio in 2020. The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced Thursday it will monitor for the beetle's presence in...

New owners revive timber mill in southwestern Colorado

Mar. 8, 2020 12:56 PM EDT

CORTEZ, Colo. (AP) — As truckloads of logs arrive at the newly opened IronWood mill near Dolores; trucks with stacks of veneer sheets leave for plywood factories. In between, ponderosa pine trees from the San Juan National Forest are rolled through a large mill that is teeming with activity and newly hired...

Coroner: Woman killed in forklift accident at lumber mill

Mar. 5, 2020 6:05 AM EST

SHUQUALAK, Miss. (AP) — Heavy rains may have contributed to the death of a woman in Mississippi who was hit by a forklift at a lumber mill. Toya Smith, 45, died Wednesday morning at Shuqualak Lumber Company after being hit by a forklift, Noxubee County Coroner R.L. Calhoun told news outlets. The driver of...

This Jan. 28, 2020 photo shows the Tower theatre located in downtown Bend, Ore., where the population in the early 1990's was around 25,000 and leaned Republican. Demographic shifts are helping push the Republican Party into a nosedive along the West Coast. The last Republican presidential candidate that California went for was George H.W. Bush. For Oregon and Washington, it was Ronald Reagan. Now, Republicans in the three states are even struggling to hold seats in Congress, statehouses and city councils. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

Shifting demographics drive GOP nosedive on US West Coast

Feb. 26, 2020 4:49 PM EST

BEND, Ore. (AP) — In the early 1990s, the population of Bend was around 25,000 and leaned Republican. A lumber mill operated in the Oregon high-desert town along the banks of a scenic river. Today, the lumber mill is an REI outdoor recreation store. The population has quadrupled. And for the first time in...

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, left, and State Department of Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, announces that federal disaster relief is on its way to farmers who suffered losses after Hurricane Michael, at the Georgia State Capitol, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 in Atlanta. (Riley Bunch/The Daily Times via AP)

Georgia officials announce long-awaited hurricane relief

Feb. 26, 2020 2:44 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s governor and agriculture commissioner on Wednesday announced that $347 million in federal disaster relief funding would soon be available to farmers, nearly a year and a half after Hurricane Michael caused billions of dollars in damage to southwest Georgia. Producers in...

Oregon state Senate President Peter Courtney pauses after declaring in the state Senate on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2021, that amid a boycott by Republican senators, not enough lawmakers were present to reach a quorum. The drastic move by Republicans in Oregon highlights how pitched the debate over how to respond to global warming is becoming, with the GOP saying leaving the Capitol was the only way to halt legislation they view as too extreme in a Legislature dominated by Democrats. Democrats warn that doing nothing at this point is too dangerous. In an interview with The Associated Press, Courtney, the longest-serving legislator in Oregon history, said he has not found a way out of the impasse and is broken hearted. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

Oregon climate battle: GOP walkout reveals sharp divisions

Feb. 25, 2020 5:53 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A rebellion by GOP politicians in liberal Oregon intensified Tuesday when Republican members of the House joined their Senate counterparts in a walkout, freezing legislation on climate change, wildfire mitigation, homeless assistance and a landmark compromise between the timber industry...

Education group lawsuit accuses ex-leader of stealing $200K

Feb. 22, 2020 5:15 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An educational organization that promotes the oil, gas, mining and timber industries in Alaska has sued its former executive director, accusing her of stealing more than $200,000. Alaska Resource Education filed the civil complaint Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Alaska against...

Oregon business tax greeted with confusion, consternation

Feb. 22, 2020 10:02 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Ross Stock has known since last spring that his softwood lumber mill in Toledo would be subject to Oregon’s new, $1 billion business tax. Nine months later, though, he still doesn’t know what it will cost him. The new corporate activity tax, which went into effect...