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.
A 30-second television ad highlighting the importance of energy development in Alaska is running in markets throughout the state ahead of President Obama’s visit set for Monday, paid for by the Arctic Slope Regional Corp., which hold North Slope drilling rights and represents around 12,000 native Alaskans, FuelFix reports.
Delivering the keynote address at an energy expo in Tulsa Wednesday, Gov. Mary Fallin, R-Okla., called for a strong national energy policy that includes construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and the lifting of the U.S. ban on crude exports, the Tulsa World reports.
Seven groups – including the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Environmental Integrity Project -- gave notice Wednesday that they intend to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to update the regulations that govern the handling of drilling waste, E&E reports.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers have been turning up the volume in their attacks on the Environmental Protection Agency’s potential moves to lower ozone limits in the atmosphere, National Journal reports.
Smaller drilling companies around the world are putting exploration plans on hold as they take steps to cut costs in the face of falling oil prices, which could mean a big drop in future discoveries of deposits, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The Energy Information Administration says U.S. ethanol production has dropped to May levels at 952,000 barrels a day, although stockpiles increased for a second straight week to 18.628 million barrels, Platts reports.
Gains in global stock markets alongside a pipeline shutdown in Nigeria sent oil prices soaring Thursday. U.S. benchmark crude jumped $2.93 a barrel to $41.55 on the Nymex, while in London Brent rose $3 a barrel to $46.32, The Financial Times reports.
If the Bureau of Land Management imposed new rules that cut down on natural gas venting and flaring on federal lands, taxpayers could get millions more in royalty payments, according to ads being run by the Western Values Project and Taxpayers for Common Sense, The Hill reports.
NASA is warning that ocean levels may rise three feet or more by the end of the century, with scientists attributing the change to melting glaciers, melting ice sheets and ocean expansion due to climate change, the Los Angeles Times reports.