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Quarantine proposal raises concerns

May 9, 2013 in Lake County News-Chronicle

Some big changes could be coming to the Northeastern Minnesota logging and lumber businesses, bringing new challenges for one of the region’s biggest industries.The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is set to initiate a quarantine on wood harvested in Lake and Cook counties next spring in an effort to stop the nationwide spread of the invasive gypsy moth, putting in place strict regulations on the transportation of wood from the two counties. Continue Reading

Black Hills National Forest unveils pine beetle plan

December 18, 2012 in The Daily Republic

RAPID CITY (AP) The Black Hills National Forest plans to use extensive commercial tree thinning to battle the mountain pine beetle as part of a $70 million plan that will take five to seven years to implement.
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High court rejects challenge to roadless rule

October 1, 2012 in The Daily Republic

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) The U.S. Supreme Court has turned away an appeal challenging a federal rule that bars development on 50 million acres of roadless areas in national forests. Continue Reading

Feds charge Black Hills logging companies with using illegal workers

September 28, 2012 in The Daily Republic

SIOUX FALLS (AP) Prosecutors have charged four people who own and operate logging companies in the Black Hills of South Dakota with defrauding the federal government by circumventing contract requirements and employing illegal immigrant workers, U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson said Thursday.
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County working to increase timber sales in summer

March 28, 2012 in Park Rapids Enterprise

Hubbard County Land Commissioner Mark Lohmeier said Monday he would re-evaluate the county’s position and look into improving summer timber sales. Continue Reading

Minnesota timber harvest declines between 25 and 30% since 2006

March 26, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

That’s because of closures or cutbacks at several board plants, paper mills and numerous smaller sawmills, said Scott Dane, executive director of the Associated Contract Loggers and Truckers of Minnesota. Continue Reading

Logging trailer detaches, crashes into Spearfish Wal-Mart

February 10, 2012 in The Daily Republic

SPEARFISH (AP) A trailer detached from a logging truck and crashed into the wall of the Spearfish Walmart, but no one was hurt. Continue Reading

Defenders of Black HIlls say pine beetles a smoke screen for logging

December 19, 2011 in The Daily Republic

RAPID CITY (AP) While some critics say the U.S. Forest Service isn’t doing enough to address the pine beetle problem in South Dakota’s Black Hills, others think the federal agency is going too far. Continue Reading

Minnesota DNR commissioner removes top officials in forestry division

November 8, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The changes were announced to DNR staff last month but weren’t made public at the time. Commissioner Tom Landwehr said he wants to make more timber available with less paperwork and delay for the state’s loggers and mills, which have been hit hard by low demand and low prices resulting from the economic slump. Continue Reading

Groups challenge logging in SD, WY national forest

November 7, 2011 in The Daily Republic

SPEARFISH (AP) Four conservation groups are suing the U.S. Forest Service over what they call “extreme levels” of logging in the Black Hills National Forest of southwest South Dakota and northeast Wyoming.
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