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FILE - This undated file photo shows a large fir tree heading to the forest floor after it is cut by an unidentified logger in the Umpqua National Forest near Oakridge, Ore. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, unveiled an agreement between environmental groups and timber companies in Oregon, which have clashed for decades, for a road map for overhauling forest practice regulations. Brown, whose office brokered the memorandum of understanding, called it

Timber companies, environmentalists sign 'historic' pact

Feb. 10, 2020 7:53 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Environmental groups and timber companies in Oregon, which have clashed for decades, on Monday unveiled a road map for overhauling forest practice regulations, a step that Gov. Kate Brown called “historic.” The agreement came after the two sides quietly held meetings,...

Demonstrators protest against a cap-and-trade bill aimed at stemming global warming protest on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020 at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem. Truckers from across Oregon come to the state Capitol to protest environmental legislation being considered by lawmakers. Truckers say the measure would increase costs of doing business in rural communities. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

Conservative, rural Oregonians demonstrate at Capitol

Feb. 6, 2020 4:55 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Conservative, mostly rural Oregonians demonstrated at the Oregon State Capitol on Thursday in an effort to get the Democratic-dominated Legislature to drop a bill aimed at reducing global warming through a cap-and-trade plan. Many protesters were truck drivers. They drove their rigs up...

New Idaho program could boost timber revenue on state lands

Jan. 31, 2020 3:33 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's state lands manager on Friday asked a legislative committee to approve $500,000 for a pilot program that would allow specific types of timber to be separated and sold when harvested from state land. Currently, all trees cut from a particular parcel are included in auctions. ...

New Mexico sawmill struggling under revised owl ruling

Jan. 31, 2020 12:10 AM EST

MILAN, N.M. (AP) — A sawmill is struggling to keep afloat amid a monthslong court injunction that barred logging anywhere near Mexican spotted owl habitat in New Mexico’s five national forests. Mt. Taylor Manufacturing in Milan, New Mexico, was silenced in mid-December because of the court battle,...

Company ordered to pay state for illicit timber harvest

Jan. 30, 2020 1:10 PM EST

LUCAS, Iowa (AP) — A judge has ordered a lumber company to pay the state nearly $28,000 for timber harvested without permission from a state forest in south-central Iowa. The attorney general's office also said in a news release Thursday that Moravia Hardwoods, of Moravia, lied to the state on a bond...