Latest Lumber and timber industry News

Mill closures create tough market for logging in Wisconsin

Oct. 19, 2021 11:33 AM EDT

RHINELANDER, Wis. (AP) — Longtime professional loggers in Wisconsin say they are dealing with the most challenging times their industry has ever faced. Paper mills that buy pulp wood have closed creating an oversupply in timber markets that has sent prices plummeting. ...

Proposed firewood quarantine to keep pests out of state

Oct. 17, 2021 09:18 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has proposed a quarantine on exterior firewood to help prevent the introduction of unwanted pests and diseases into the state. Under the proposal, firewood shipped into Michigan would...

Kalispell man grows 400 apple varieties in small orchard

Oct. 10, 2021 08:13 AM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — This apple is not your everyday supermarket fruit. Its skin is a yellow wash with splashes of carmine down the sides and a streak of russet near the stem, and it hangs boldly juxtaposed against its leafy backdrop. This diminutive fruit is...

California company buys Oregon wood products firm

Oct. 06, 2021 12:57 PM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A California forest products company has bought Seneca, a Eugene, Oregon-based company that had owned more than 100,000 acres of land in southwestern Oregon. The News-Review reports Sierra Pacific Industries announced last week it had completed the...

Inflation forces homebuilders to take it slow, raise prices

Sep. 23, 2021 14:20 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even in the hottest U.S. housing market in more than a decade, new home construction has turned into a frustratingly uncertain and costly proposition for many homebuilders. Rising costs and shortages of building materials and labor are rippling across...

Durham votes to remove Mill Pond dam on Oyster River

Sep. 19, 2021 08:50 AM EDT

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — After more than a decade of discussion, Durham is moving ahead with the removal of a dam on the Oyster River. The Durham Town Council voted 7-2 this past week to remove the Mill Pond Dam, which was developed at the turn of the century to replace a...

Officials: Maine loggers should apply for COVID-19 aid soon

Sep. 16, 2021 10:34 AM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Members of Maine's congressional delegation are urging members of Maine's timber industry to take advantage of federal COVID-19 relief. Republican Sen. Susan Collins and Democratic Rep. Jared Golden said Thursday that timber harvesters and haulers...

Climate change, logging collide -- and a forest shrinks

Sep. 15, 2021 11:11 AM EDT

CUSTER CITY, S.D. (AP) — Looking down a hillside dotted with large stumps and nearly devoid of trees, a pair of retired U.S. Forest Service employees lamented logging policies they helped craft to deal with two harbingers of climate change -- pine beetles and wildfires. ...

Investigation underway into Vermont hot-air balloon crash

Sep. 13, 2021 13:10 PM EDT

RYEGATE, Vt. (AP) — Federal authorities are investigating a hot-air balloon crash in the town of Ryegate. The Vermont State Police say there were no injuries in the incident that began Sunday when the balloon that had taken off from the Post Mills airport landed in the...

Tennessee offering tree seedlings for reforestation

Sep. 09, 2021 04:11 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's forestry office is now taking orders for tree seedlings for planting throughout the state, The state Department of Agriculture’s Division of Forestry said it is offering tree and shrub seedlings for reforestation and conservation...