Bureau of Labor Statistics

Loggers may go back to work on national forests without waiting for federal agencies to lift logging bans prompted by the government shutdown.

Following a hearing in Medford yesterday, U.S. District Judge Owen Panner signed a temporary restraining order lifting the logging ban immediately.

A surprise extension of a federal subsidy to Oregon timber counties will prevent jail shutdowns and keep deputies on the road for now, but local officials say the money is only a fraction of what they need. In one cash-strapped county the infusion has started discussion that it could do more harm in the long run, than good.

The federal payout will bring about $100 million to Oregon. Some of the funds are earmarked for schools and roads. In parts of Western Oregon some is available for law enforcement.


The U.S. Forest Service has confirmed it is shutting down logging operations on national forests across the country due to the partial government shutdown.

The agency plans to notify 450 timber purchasers across the county early this week that timber sales and stewardship contracts will be suspended.

Logging is being shut down on 150 national forest nationwide.


A one-year extension of federal subsidies for timber counties has passed the U.S. House.

Oregon counties would get about $100 million under the extension of the now expired Secure Rural Schools Program.

A bill to boost logging on national forests, including a provision aimed at producing more money for Oregon timber counties, is facing a possible White House veto.

The Statement of Administrative Policy issued yesterday says if the bill were presented to President Obama, his senior advisors would recommend a veto.

It says the measure would harm national forests and the government's obligations to manage them by sidestepping environmental laws, which would lead to more conflict and delay.

David Douglas and the Douglas-Fir

Jul 1, 2005

Douglas-fir trees grow abundantly in Northern California and Southern Oregon. Its wood, one of the hardest softwoods, is a favorite framing timber, while appearance grade lumber makes handsome finish work. The tree is significant to the Northwest economy, but what of the man for whom the tree was named?