National Forest Foundation News Release 7/10/2012
Excerpt: “MISSOULA, Mont., July 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – The National Forest Foundation (NFF) today announced the launch of its first national public awareness campaign to encourage Americans to get involved in the enjoyment and restoration of the nation’s forests and grasslands.
The campaign features a public service announcement, which will make its national primetime premiere on Discovery Communications’ Destination America network at 8:00 pm ET on Monday, July 16. In a PSA created by Discovery Communications, the talented children of the Public School 22 Chorus from Graniteville, Staten Island, highlight the importance and urgency of caring for America’s national forests. …”
Read entire press release at http://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/national-forest-foundation-launches-national-120000883.html
Excerpt: ” Oregon’s annual timber harvest jumped 13 percent in 2011, reaching 3.65 billion board feet. Large private forest owners, taking advantage of a continued hot export market to China and elsewhere, accounted for two-thirds of the harvest despite having only 19 percent of the state’s timberland.
Timber harvest on federal land managed by the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management increased 47 and 24 percent, respectively, as mill owners sought logs to replace what was being shipped overseas, said Brandon Kaetzel, economist with the Oregon Department of Forestry. By law, logs cut on federal land cannot be exported. …..”
Read entire story at http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2012/07/oregon_timber_harvest_jumps_13.html
Salt Lake Tribune 7/9/2012
Excerpt: ” Federal foresters have pulled back from logging a high-country swath of spruce in southern Utah, adding another twist to a plan that has generated years of controversy because of the threatened goshawks living there.
The reversal has revived warnings of a “catastrophic fire” in the old-growth forest north of Escalante, fears environmentalists say are bogus.
Read entire article at http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/54457706-78/forest-fire-logging-spruce.html.csp