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Simpson Expansion to Increase Production
When Simpson Timber completes its $20 million project
on the Shelton, Wash. waterfront, its Mill #3 it will be poised
for a substantial increase in lumber production, said Northwest’s
General Manager, Mike Durga, this past October.
"The combination of additional rail spurs, new dry kilns,
and a modern, high-speed planer will provide the opportunity
to increase the operating hours at our Mill #3 from the current
80 hours per week to 120 per week. In addition to some significant
improvements in productivity, this project will increase the
potential output of the Shelton complex from about 500
million BF annually to well over 600 million BF," Durga says.
Oregonians Want Forest Restoration
A survey this June found that 75 percent of Oregon residents
want federal forests restored after severe wildfires.
The survey was conducted by an independent company
and polled 607 registered voters. They asked individuals
how quickly and how far land managers should go to replace
burned forests. The margin for error was plus or minus four
Three-quarters were in favor of restoring federal forests
after wildfires. More than half felt fires are growing out of
control and everything possible should be done to restore
burned forests. The poll also found, among other things, that:
(1) 9 out of 10 Oregonians protecting forests from fire,
protecting habitat and providing forest industry jobs was
very to somewhat important; (2) the timber industry was
viewed favorably by 67 percent and unfavorably by 19 percent,
while environmental groups were viewed favorably by
53 percent and unfavorably by 30 percent; and (3) 45 percent
view the state’s legislature somewhat or very unfavorably.
Weyerhaeuser Provides Christmas Tree
On October 29, a 100-foot Douglas fir tree from Weyerhaeuser
in Oregon began making its way to Kansas City, Mo.,
where it will be the centerpiece for a holiday charity drive to
provide clothing, food and toys to 30,000 people in need.
Weyerhaeuser's Hallmark Tree Project is a 21-year tradition
with Hallmark Cards, Inc. Each year the tree is showcased
at the Crown Center in downtown Kansas City and it
takes volunteers two weeks to decorate the tree with 1,000
ornaments and 7,000 lights.
After the holidays, the tree is milled into limited edition,
commemorative ornaments designed by Hallmark, and the
branches are mulched for local park trails.
Unique Partnership to
Assist Tsunami Reconstruction
American Forest & Paper Association is joining forces
with the World Wildlife Fund and Conservation International
to help out the tsunami victims in Indonesia. The goal
is to help rebuild people’s lives without destroying the already
threatened tropical forests of Sumatra.
The organizations’ efforts are in response to Indonesia’s
appeal for donated building materials, particularly timber.
The unique partnership will seek donations of U.S. timber
to be shipped to Indonesia’s Aceh province to be used for
temporary shelter and in the reconstruction of homes,
schools, hospitals and businesses in the devastated region.
$40 Million Needed
"There is no greater priority than protecting lives and
homes," California's senior senator Dianne Feinstein stated
as she tried to encourage the U.S. Forest Service to meet the
$40 million shortfall to protect neighboring communities
from devastating wildfires.
Feinstein wrote a letter to Agriculture Undersecretary
Mark Rey in October stating: "I am gravely concerned the
Forest Service's preliminary budget for fiscal year 2006 provides
a mere 16 percent of the needed fuel reduction funding
for these forests (San Bernardino, Angeles, Cleveland and
Los Padres), $7.5 million as compared to the $46.6 million
The senator added that the situation could have been
worse had there not been $5 million earmarked for fuels
work in the San Bernardino National Forest. And there is currently
no funding slated for the $8 million required for next
year’s rehabilitation and restoration of burned areas in
Southern California forests. Sen. Feinstein asked Rey and
the Forest Service to "work with me to find the resources to
get this job done."
New Rules for Montana Forest Planning
Northern Regional Forester Gail Kimbell has
announced that most national forests in Montana, including
Flathead and Kootenai forests, will use new rules to
revise their long-term forest management plans. The
national planning rules are scheduled to be finalized in
"I took extra time to examine the value of using both the
old and new planning rules and consulted with forest
supervisors, our specialists, the chief's office and others
before arriving at this conclusion," Kimbell said. "Protections remain in place for following the
Endangered Species Act, the National Forest Management
Act, Clean Air and Water Acts, and the National Environmental
California Grown Logo
Appears on Wood
The "California Grown" logo will be appearing on more
products as growers join the cause to promote the state’s
farms, ranches, forests and fisheries. Already a popular license
plate, people will begin seeing the blue and gold logo
on Sunkist lemons, Sterling caviar and Sierra Pacific Industries
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