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Oregon Timber Harvest Slips For 2nd Consecutive Year

OPB | July 25, 2016 9:42 a.m. | Portland

Before the great recession, Oregon was producing about 4 billion board feet of lumber a year. That dropped after the recession as people stopped building houses.

Environment | Forestry

Timber Industry Pays Linn County's Legal Bills In State Forest Lawsuit

OPB/EarthFix | July 11, 2016 3 p.m.

Court documents show the timber industry is footing the bill for Linn County’s $1.4 billion lawsuit over logging in Oregon state forests.

Environment | Agriculture | Forestry

Investigators Find No Evidence Of Chemical Drift In Forest Spray Complaint

OPB/EarthFix | July 8, 2016 4:45 p.m.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture says it found no evidence of chemical drift after responding to an exposure complaint from a former member of Oregon’s Board of Forestry.  

Environment | Agriculture | Forestry

Oregon Judge Orders $50,000 In Fines, License Suspension For Pesticide Sprayer

OPB/EarthFix | July 7, 2016 3:45 p.m. | Portland

An Oregon judge has ordered more than $50,000 in fines and a one-year license suspension for a pesticide spraying company that violated worker protection laws and disregarded a stop-spraying order.  

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West Oregon Mill On 'Red Alert' After Alleged Log-Spiking

The Register-Guard | July 5, 2016 2:50 p.m. | Noti, Oregon

An environmentalist group allegedly placed metal spikes in old-growth logs in June — a dangerous practice used in hopes of keeping trees standing.

News | Forestry

Tree Die-Off In Oregon Forests Caused By Past Drought Years

Medford Mail Tribune | June 7, 2016 7:47 a.m.

Three years of drought are taking their toll on Southern Oregon forests now dotted with dead and dying trees hit hard by lack of water or by insects in seemingly worse fashion than in past droughts, and the death likely will continue.

Environment | Health | Agriculture | Forestry

Oregon Timber Grower Complains Of Helicopter Herbicide Spraying

EarthFix | May 27, 2016 7 p.m. | Portland

There’s a new complaint about exposure from a helicopter spraying weed killer on Oregon forestland. This time, it's from a fellow timber grower and former member of the Oregon Board of Forestry.  

Flora and Fauna | Environment | Forestry | Climate change | Fish & Wildlife

Old-Growth Forests Provide Temperature Refuges In Face Of Climate Change: Study

OPB/EarthFix | April 22, 2016 3:15 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

A new Oregon State University study shows old-growth forests could have a larger role to play than simply providing habitat for wildlife. 

Communities | Land | Fish & Wildlife | Forestry | Environment

New Western Oregon Plan Sets Path Forward For Contested Forestland

OPB/EarthFix | April 12, 2016 12:45 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

Counties have already disparaged the plan for not generating enough timber revenue.

Environment | Forestry

Aerial Pesticide Spraying To Kill Gypsy Moths In Portland, Vancouver

OPB/EarthFix | April 8, 2016 5:15 p.m. | Portland

The Oregon Department of Agriculture plans to spray an organic insecticide across thousands of acres of North Portland and Vancouver, Washington, over the next month to eradicate invasive gypsy moths.