Next month, a federal court judge will try to put a value on something that’s somewhat priceless: trees stolen from the Olympic National Forest. The trees in question include old-growth fir, six feet across, that laid down roots before the Revolutionary War; they include intricately patterned maple destined to become high-end musical instruments; they include cedar for shingle or shake. Read more about this issue.
On a forested area some eight miles west of Monroe in Benton County, at the site of a proposed Bureau of Land Management timber sale, the professors — Norm Johnson of Oregon State University and Jerry Franklin of SEFS — are trying to show how their approach might help ease the gridlock that has paralyzed our federal forests for decades. Read this editorial on how their approach may revive logging, and forests.
A proposed timber sale in Oregon’s Benton county may provide a wet-climate test of ecological forestry, developed by SEFS‘ Jerry Franklin and Oregon State University’s Norm Johnson. Read more about this project here.
Although China continues to drive the global wood products industry and trade, it is apparently slowing down its pace. Read up on what this means for China and its partners; SEFS‘ Ivan Eastin is quoted.
Fernando Resende, assistant professor in SEFS, is creating technology to be used in the vast swaths of beetle-killed trees across the West, a technology that would not only produce liquid biofuels but would also mitigate forest fires and beetle infestations. Learn more about Resende’s exciting project here!
A timber sale in Southern Oregon has divided industry officials into two camps – bigger companies that want bigger logs to cut, and local mills that would be happy to have smaller logs. SEFS‘ Jerry Franklin is mentioned; read more here.
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Oregon officials have, for the first time, suspended timber sales on hundreds of acres amid a legal battle with conservation groups over the threatened marbled murrelet. Read about it here.