U.S. Forest Service aerial surveys have identified a record 66 million dead trees in Southern Sierra Nevada forests. The sheer volume of dead and dying trees could make their removal difficult.
The company will continue to operate three Montana mills — a medium-density fiberboard mill in Columbia Falls, a lumber mill in Kalispell and a plywood mill in Kalispell.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who oversees the Forest Service, said disaster awaits if more money isn’t invested in managing forests in California and across the country.
Randy and Linda Lawffer, who own 250 acres of timberland and pastureland in southwestern Washington,
One solution is to fire up a fleet of 10 large, mechanized incinerators the state recently purchased.
The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission has approved buying more than 3,600 acres of forest and rangeland in Klickitat County.
About 1,000 firefighters are working the fire sparked by lightning on June 7.
The wet winter couldn’t prevent tree death after years of drought and beetle attacks.