Tag Archives: Timber Industry

Can Oregon’s timber Industry make a comeback?

In 2016, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump pledged to revitalize many of the country’s most iconic blue collar industries. In Oregon, where the timber industry has lost tens of thousands of jobs over the past few decades, candidate Trump promised those jobs would come back. Newshour Weekend’s Christopher Booker set out to Oregon to learn about […]
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Editorial: 2B, or not 2B, there’s no question

In trying to create opportunities for domestic workers who lost their jobs because of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, President Trump may have dealt a crushing blow to contractors Source: Editorial: 2B, or not 2B, there’s no question | Editorials | capitalpress.com

Guest View: Questionable words from Bernhardt on timber – Opinion

Last week, Department of the Interior Secretary David Bernhardt wrote in The Register-Guard that the Trump administration has “worked to create a more consistent and predictable regulatory environment for the people in Western Oregon and across the country.” Secretary Bernhardt is lying to Oregonians. Source: Guest View: Questionable words from Bernhardt on timber – Opinion […]
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Immigration policy could cause forestry labor shortage

Every year, America needs millions of new trees to rebuild forests ravaged by natural disasters or cleared by logging. But this year, forestry experts fear an impending labor shortage. The Trump administration cut off most H-2B work visas, meaning new seasonal workers from Mexico and South America can’t join forestry crews. Source: Immigration policy could […]
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The tree of Oregon should unite us all

Douglas firs form the backbone of the timber industry, make homes for wildlife, protect watersheds and fish dependent on them, and grow taller than any other living thing in the Northwest. This conifer also happens to be the state tree of Oregon and the one that’s proudly displayed on our license plates. But global overheating […]
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Last Call: Tracking The Sound Of The Spotted Owl’s Extinction

The spotted owl changed the fate of Northwest forests in the summer of 1990. Thirty years later, what hope, if any, do biologists hold for the fate of the spotted owl? Source: Last Call: Tracking The Sound Of The Spotted Owl’s Extinction . News | OPB

U.S. Supreme Court rejects ruling feared by timber groups

The U.S. Supreme Court has reversed a lower court ruling that timber groups feared would complicate the management of national forests containing certain trails. The case before the nation’s highest court pertained to an underground portion of a natural gas pipeline approved to cross about 600 feet beneath the Appalachian Trail in Virginia’s George Washington […]
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Timber Investigation | Astoria | Racism & Mental Health – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Investigative journalism tells a new story about Oregon timber. Racism takes a psychological toll. And we talk about how Astoria is coping with COVID-19. Timber helped build Oregon, but, since the 1990s, the state’s western counties have lost thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in annual revenue. For decades, much of the blame for […]
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Big Money Bought Oregon’s Forests. Small Timber Communities Are Paying The Price.

Wall Street investment funds took control of Oregon’s private forests. Now, wealthy timber corporations reap the benefits of tax cuts that have cost rural counties billions. A few hundred feet past the Oregon timber town of Falls City, a curtain of Douglas fir trees opens to an expanse of skinny stumps. Source: The Rise Of […]
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How we analyzed data from Oregon’s timber industry

Timber helped build Oregon, but, since the 1990s, the state’s western counties have lost thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in annual revenue. For decades, much of the blame for the downturn has been placed on the federal government’s decision to reduce logging in national forests. Source: How we analyzed data from Oregon’s timber […]
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