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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.
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.
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."
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."
January 3, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Pacific Lumber Co. has resumed logging operations on 1,100 acres in two environmentally sensitive watersheds, triggering a new controversy over the company's timber harvest practices. The company said winter logging operations in the Freshwater and Elk Creek watersheds in southern Humboldt County, which resumed New Year's Day, are being closely monitored by state foresters and staff of the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board.
December 18, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Lassen County's largest private employer is closing Susanville's last timber mill. Sierra Pacific Industries said Tuesday it plans to shut the sawmill sometime next year. Susanville has a population of 17,900 and is 112 miles east of Redding. The company blamed loss of government timber supplies and competition from foreign imports for the closing.
October 28, 2003 | J. Michael Kennedy
If you're looking to be around for a while, working outdoors may not be the ticket to longevity. The three most dangerous jobs in the U.S. are wilderness occupations. Ranking one, two and three on the list are lumberjacking, commercial fishing and bush piloting in Alaska. According to figures compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 118 loggers were killed last year and 71 commercial fishermen died on the job.
October 28, 2003 | Richard Simon and Bettina Boxall, Times Staff Writers
With wildfires burning across Southern California, pressure is growing for lawmakers to act on President Bush's stalled plan to limit environmental and judicial reviews of tree-thinning projects in national forests. Supporters of the legislation, which the administration says would help reduce fire risks, said Monday that images of burning homes and smoke-filled skies should compel Congress to pass a wildfire prevention bill this year.
October 16, 2003 | Bettina Boxall, Times Staff Writer
A federal court ruling could bolster a move to more closely regulate water pollution from logging operations in California. The decision, issued Tuesday by a U.S. district court judge in San Francisco, challenges a long-standing federal policy of exempting logging discharges into ditches and culverts from permit requirements under the Clean Water Act. It follows the recent signing by Gov.
October 9, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The IRS has charged a Petaluma lumber tycoon with dodging the tax man. Lee Nobmann, the 53-year-old chief executive of Golden State Lumber, was charged in federal court in San Francisco on Tuesday with understating his personal and business incomes and those of several family members for 1996 through 2000. Nobmann pleaded not guilty to five counts of tax evasion and 12 counts of aiding and abetting the preparation of false tax returns for others. A hearing is set for Nov. 4.
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