WASHINGTON (AP) — Drought has killed about 12 million trees in California's national forests. In the Rocky Mountain region, an epidemic of pine beetles has damaged trees over a stretch of 32 million acres. Altogether, up to 40 percent of the entire national forest system is in need of treatment to reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfire and disease.
As the national forests suffer from drought, density and infestation, House Republicans are resurrecting efforts to thin more quickly millions of acres and take down dead trees.
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A federal appeals court has rejected a lawsuit by the timber industry seeking to strip Endangered Species Act protection from a threatened seabird that nests in old-growth forests.
Environmentalists say the ruling Friday by the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., should mark the end of a 15-year legal battle over logging trees used by marbled murrelets along the coasts of Oregon, Washington and northern California.
The Forest Service needs to increase harvesting in the Tongass National Forest or timber mills in Alaska’s southeast will start to go bust, Energy and Natural Resources chair Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, told its chief Tom Tidwell at a hearing Thursday, E&E reports.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Loggers cutting down forests burned in wildfires could bring about the extinction of California spotted owls, wildlife advocates said Tuesday as they sought protection for the birds under the federal Endangered Species Act.
The petition says emerging science has shown that the owls thrive in old growth forests that are still living as well as those that have been burned and turned black by high-intensity forest fires.
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A watchdog group is challenging the environmentally friendly "green lumber" certification for Plum Creek Timberlands, one of the nation's biggest landowners and timber producers.
The Center for Sustainable Economy, based in Lake Oswego, Oregon, filed the complaint Thursday with a nonprofit group that verifies whether timber producers follow standards for environmentally responsible logging, including replanting after harvest, protecting water and biological diversity, and complying with environmental laws and regulations.
The continued court fight over the U.S. Forest Service sale of logging rights in the Tongass National Forest may well determine the future of the entire timber industry in Alaska, The New York Times reports.
WEED, Calif. (AP) — Besides destroying or damaging scores of homes and other structures, a fast-moving wildfire struck a blow at the economic vitals of this struggling Northern California timber town, knocking its last wood products mill offline for an undetermined amount of time.
With a maintenance shed reduced to twisted sheet-metal and the main manufacturing facility suffering structural damage, but still standing with a new coat of pink fire retardant, the Roseburg Forest Products veneer mill on the outskirts of Weed was out of commission Tuesday while workers began assessing the damage, said Kellye Wise, vice president for human resources of the company based in Dillard, Oregon. The company hoped to have a better idea of when the mill could reopen by Monday.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — U.S. Forest Service officials say they tried to balance competing interests in a plan that will allow loggers to remove trees killed in a massive Central California wildfire last year.
Environmentalists, however, have called it a travesty.
The highly awaited decision released Wednesday will allow logging on 52 square miles of forests blackened in the Rim Fire, which burned 400 square miles of the Stanislaus National Forest, Yosemite National Park backcountry and private timber land.
Environmental groups including the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council have filed at least three lawsuits against the U.S. Forest Service, looking to stop the sale of timber from the Tongass National Forest in Alaska, the Los Angeles Times reports.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — U.S. Forest Service officials say they tried to balance competing interests in a plan released Wednesday that allows loggers to remove trees killed in a massive central California wildfire last year, but environmentalists called it a travesty and threaten to sue.
The highly awaited decision will allow logging on 52 square miles of forests blackened in the Rim Fire, which burned 400 square miles of the Stanislaus National Forest, Yosemite National Park's backcountry and private timber land.
Layoffs may have eased off in May and June as crude prices stabilized, but the price collapse earlier saw the biggest number of planned job cuts over six months since 2010, according to data from placement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, FuelFix reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s practice of counting health co-benefits in justifying its regulations was not addressed in the Supreme Court ruling on EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, intensifying debate over the practice, E&E reports.
Treating and recycling drilling wastewater offers the potential to address Oklahoma’s problems with earthquakes and drought, the state’s Energy and Environment Secretary Michael Teague told a forum of the Western Governors’ Association recently, E&E reports.
Legislation under consideration in the Pennsylvania legislature would stop drillers from deducting costs that push royalty payments to landowners below a minimum set in a 1979 law, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Colorado-based FourPoint Energy LLC is buying $840 million worth of assets in Oklahoma’s Western Anadarko Basin from Chesapeake Energy Corp. subsidiaries, the company announced Wednesday, the Denver Business Journal reports.
Environmental groups including the Natural Resources Defense Council, Environment America, and 350.org are dismissing TransCanada’s argument that Canada's global warming commitments and Alberta's higher carbon tax should ease concerns about the climate impact of the Keystone XL pipeline, The Hill reports.
Royal Dutch Shell’s Appomattox field in the Gulf of Mexico will get a deepwater platform, after the company cut costs enough so the project will be profitable as long as world crude oil prices remain above $55 a barrel, FuelFix reports.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is sticking with its designation of the gray wolf as endangered, despite some congressional opposition and a petition from the Humane Society requesting that the animal be reclassified as threatened, The Hill reports.
IHS data compiled by the U.S. Geological Survey shows drillers in the Eagle Ford, Marcellus and Utica Shale plays use more water than those in the Bakken Shale and some plays in Colorado, FuelFix reports.