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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 2004 | Bettina Boxall, Times Staff Writer
A federal judge has blocked a national forest logging project in a roadless tract of the Sierra Nevada after concluding it could worsen the threat of destructive wildfires. In a highly critical opinion, a Sacramento-based U.S. District Court judge found the U.S. Forest Service ignored several scientific studies as well as backcountry protections when it approved the timber cutting in the Tahoe National Forest. The project, wrote Judge Morrison C. England Jr.
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BUSINESS
August 19, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
Lumber prices rose to their highest level in 10 years Wednesday, as Florida's homeowners and businesses rebuild after Hurricane Charley, the second most-destructive U.S. hurricane after Andrew in 1992. Lumber futures for September delivery rose $15, the maximum increase allowed by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, to $442 per 1,000 feet of two-by-fours. That's the highest for a most-active contract since March 1994. The 3.5% gain was the biggest in seven months.
NATIONAL
August 6, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Seven Greenpeace activists were arrested in the Tongass National Forest where they had chained themselves to road-building equipment in an attempt to hamper logging operations. U.S. Forest Service enforcement officers cut the seven out of a logging chain they had used to attach themselves to a large backhoe and a rock-drilling machine at a timber sale site, said Forest Service spokesman Ray Massey. The activists were cited for violating a forest closure order and blocking a public road.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 2004 | Bettina Boxall, Times Staff Writer
On the shoulder of Southern California, the nation's capital of freeway sprawl, there is still country virtually as roadless, raw and unpeopled as ever. More than half a million acres are in the Los Padres National Forest, where the terrain, steep and folded like a compressed accordion, is home to the endangered California condor, provides drinking water for Santa Barbara and acts as a primitive playground for people who jam the urban valleys down the coast.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 2004 | Bettina Boxall, Times Staff Writer
The Schwarzenegger administration is proposing a series of changes in state forestry regulations that would raise logging fees on privately owned timberland while easing permit requirements. The proposal, submitted as part of the governor's budget, will be taken up by the state Legislature next week. "We're trying to create more incentives that will give them some regulatory relief without weakening environmental protection.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 2004 | Eric Bailey, Times Staff Writer
To the dismay of North Coast environmentalists and California lawmakers, a timber firm is attempting to alter key provisions of an agreement that was the cornerstone of a historic deal protecting the Headwaters Forest in Humboldt County. Pacific Lumber wants to revise the conservation plan in part so it can push logging closer to several of the rivers and tributaries that cut through its 217,000 acres.
BUSINESS
April 14, 2004 | From Reuters
The World Trade Organization on Tuesday rejected almost all of Canada's complaints against U.S. anti-dumping duties on its multibillion-dollar softwood business, but Washington did not escape all censure. The ruling, the latest in a series in the long-running row, declared that the United States was within its rights to impose anti-dumping duties on imports of Canadian lumber.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2004 | Bettina Boxall, Times Staff Writer
Federal officials Tuesday dropped some wildlife protections from the Northwest Forest Plan, a set of rules adopted by the Clinton administration that slashed timber harvest levels on federal land in the Pacific Northwest and parts of Northern California. The revisions, in the works for a year, deal with water protections and eliminate a requirement that before logging, forest managers look for rare plants and animals associated with old-growth trees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2004 | Michael Finnegan, Times Staff Writer
As hundreds of chopped-down cedar trees rumbled down conveyer belts into roaring buzz saws, Republican U.S. Senate nominee Bill Jones scanned the vast stacks of lumber at a mill near snow-capped Mt. Shasta. "This is important," shouted Jones, sporting a blue hardhat. "This here today is one of the few facilities left to try and take advantage of the forests of California in a proper way."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2004 | Bettina Boxall, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. Forest Service announced Thursday that it would triple logging in the Sierra Nevada to levels not seen in a decade as part of a fire prevention strategy that casts aside Clinton-era restrictions on timber cutting. Regional Forester Jack Blackwell, who presented the plan in Sacramento on Thursday, said the changes were necessary to step up forest thinning that would lessen the threat of forest fires. "If we don't take those actions, we're going to burn 'em up. It's as simple as that."
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