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House passes bill to hasten forest projects

WASHINGTON — The House passed a bill Thursday designed to improve the health of national forests by scaling back the environmental reviews that go into some timbering projects and discouraging lawsuits that delay projects.

Date: 07/10/2015 | Nation & World

State timber near Index fetches $1.4M in auction

INDEX — The state Department of Natural Resources auctioned timber on 119 acres of state land near here for $1.41 million on Wednesday.

Date: 06/18/2015 | Local News

Back home to heal

Stanwood man mending from near-fatal logging accident

Date: 05/18/2015 | Local News

Second shot to reduce carbon

There may yet be some hope that the Legislature can pass carbon-reduction legislation this year.With the special session well under way and little being said publicly about budget negotiations, Democrats in the House have

Date: 05/13/2015 | Editorials

How to log and protect owl habitat

The city of Everett, which owns 3,729 acres at its reservoir at Chaplain Lake, north of Sultan, has proposed a novel approach to land management that would set aside about a third of the property for wildlife habitat for several decades while allowing the city to continue a modest...

Date: 05/12/2015 | Editorials

Panel gives green light to contested timber harvest near Index

OLYMPIA — A state panel on Tuesday approved the logging of 119 acres on a hill near Index after authorities insisted there is little risk it will trigger a deadly mudslide.On a 5-0 vote, the...

Date: 05/06/2015 | Local News

Keep our public lands public

For nearly 50 years, the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund has invested nearly $17 billion nationwide and $500 million in Washington in state and federal land conservation projects and matching grants for state and local...

Date: 04/21/2015 | Editorials

Single dad still fighting for life after logging accident

MARYSVILLE — A Marysville-area man is fighting for his life after suffering a head wound in a logging accident last month. Thomas "Tommy" Sidick Jr., 34, remains in serious condition...

Date: 04/15/2015 | Local News

Feds to consider endangered species listing for spotted owl

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Federal biologists have agreed to consider changing Endangered Species Act protections for the northern spotted owl from threatened to endangered.

Date: 04/08/2015 | Northwest

Index timber sale will proceed after landslide review

INDEX — The state Department of Natural Resources is moving forward with a $1.2 million timber sale after taking a second look at landslide risk.The 119-acre harvest on state land near Index known as the

Date: 04/05/2015 | Local News

Man hospitalized after logging accident near Lakewood

LAKEWOOD — A 34-year-old man was in critical condition Thursday after a logging accident near here.

Date: 03/26/2015 | Sirens

State fines Port Angeles company for violations related to logger’s death

OLYMPIA — State regulators have fined a Port Angeles company nearly $52,000 for violations related to the death of a logger who was struck in the head by a falling tree.

Date: 03/23/2015 | Northwest

State unemployment holds steady at 6.3%

OLYMPIA — Washington's unemployment rate held steady at 6.3 percent in February, the state Employment Security Department reported on Wednesday.Employment increased by 94,700 jobs from February 2014 to February 2015, with 83,400 of those jobs in the private sector and...

Date: 03/18/2015 | Business Wire

Logging revenue not meeting Kitsap County’s expectations

BREMERTON — Kitsap County isn’t making as much money from logging in parks as officials had expected.

Date: 03/16/2015 | Northwest

China’s panda numbers up but problems loom

BEIJING — It is a rare success story for environmental protection and wildlife conservation in China: the nation's once-a-decade survey has found China's wild panda population has risen by 268 animals, or 17 percent, to an estimated 1,864 in the mountainous forests of the west.

Date: 03/08/2015 | Nation & World

Tree harvest held up

Conservation dispute delays logging near Wallace Falls

Date: 03/02/2015 | Local News

Appeal filed to stop logging on Washington state lands that burned

SEATTLE— Two conservation groups and a resident want to stop the state from allowing logging on state lands that burned in a massive wildfire in north-central Washington last summer.

Date: 02/20/2015 | Northwest

Regulators: Oregon Logging Rules Don’t Protect Fish, Water

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Federal regulators ruled Friday that Oregon logging rules do not sufficiently protect fish and water from pollution caused by clear-cutting too close to streams, runoff from old logging roads, landslides and sites sprayed with pesticides.

Date: 01/30/2015 | Northwest

Apply the lessons learned from Oso slide

Months after the tragedy that took the lives of 43 people, the Oso landslide is still top of mind.That's as it should be as state and local officials make decisions about how to prevent, or at least prepare for the next major landslide. Three news items demonstrate:

Date: 01/21/2015 | Editorials

Plum Creek's 'green' logging certificate challenged

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — 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,...

Date: 12/19/2014 | Business Wire

Man dies in logging accident near Forks

FORKS— A man has been killed in a logging accident on the Washington coast.Forks police tell the Peninsula Daily News a man around 20 years old died about 10 a.m. Monday in the Kalaloch area.

Date: 11/24/2014 | Northwest

Money to map slide hazards will help balance economic, safety interests

The Oso landslide continues to have the attention of the public and officials. The loss of 43 lives requires that we consider the necessary steps that might help us prevent a similar tragedy.As

Date: 10/08/2014 | Editorials

Feds OK logging after California wildfire

FRESNO, Calif. — A U.S. Forest Service decision released Wednesday will allow loggers to remove dead trees from 52 square miles of forests blackened last year in a massive central California wildfire, a move contested by environmentalists.

Date: 08/27/2014 | Business

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