A federal judge has cleared the way for an Astoria, Ore., log exporter to move logs owned by a major Chinese building materials company.
The 33-acre mill is owned by privately held Glendale-based Swanson Group Mfg. LLC.
Sixty percent of Oregon’s forest land is federal. Industrial and family owned lands comprise another 34 percent and the rest is divided between entities such as the state, counties and tribes. Percentage-wise, the largest harvest spike in 2013 was on non-industrial private forestlands, where.
More Western landowners are entering into collaborative agreements with the federal government to ma
Under the deal, the federal agency would trade public land for the larger amount of private land owned by Western Pacific in the upper Lochsa River basin.
The company has been working with the U.S. Forest Service to swap land but the plan has run into opposition amid concerns about loss of access for the public.
The money would go to the Department of Agriculture. White House officials say it is designed to pay for all wildfire needs in 2014.
The Lane County sheriff’s office says it arrested three young men from Eugene. Two of them are accused of locking themselves to equipment inside the plant, with the help of the third protester.
Helicopters are an essential part of the initial attack when it comes to fighting wildfires.