March 31, 2009 - Lumber expected to reach historic low before 2010 recovery

By Western Wood Products Association, PORTLAND, Ore. – Demand for lumber in the U.S. in 2009 will slide to the lowest level in modern history, then move toward a slow recovery starting next year, according to a new forecast issued by Western Wood Products Association.  The poor economy and a […]

March 30, 2009 - Water users alerted on broad new regulations, fees

By Helen Moore, Water for Life, The liberals in the Oregon Legislature are intent on monitoring and measuring your water rights and adding taxes and fees to its use.  Water for Life is monitoring a dozen bills that will in one way or another have an adverse impact on irrigated […]

March 29, 2009 - Quick Note: Public Review of State Forests Plans begins

Oregon Department of Forestry: A public comment period on nine annual operations plans and revisions to three implementation plans for state-owned forests managed by the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) begins March 30. Written comments on the 2009-10 annual plans and the longer term implementation plans, along with the accompanying […]

March 28, 2009 - Farm Bureau Demands Fairness for Biofuels in Carbon Scoring

Weekend National AG News Foucs: American Farm Bureau Federation – When rating fuels on the basis of their carbon content, biofuels should not be singled out and artificially degraded for so-called “indirect effects,” according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.  In a letter to California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, AFBF President […]

March 27, 2009 - OFS Legislative Update 3/27

Oregonians for Food and Shelter Legislative Report 3/20 ACTION on OFS BILLS OF INTEREST: SB 570 metal-theft: A Senate Judiciary hearing was held on March 16th with a room full of supporters.  SB 570 is the bill being used to strengthen current law regarding the theft and recycling of non-ferrous […]

March 26, 2009 - Timber Report 3/20: Housing starts, lumber prices.

By Rick Sohn, Umpqua Coquille LLC Shown below are the most recent prices for stud lumber and logs, housing starts and permits, and unsold home inventories.  Past prices are provided for comparison. What the numbers mean. The prices mills will pay for logs, continues a serious slide that started at […]

March 25, 2009 - PNW Grain Growers Rebuff President’s Ag Budget

Oregon Wheat Growers League, Grain leaders from Oregon, Washington, and Idaho have voiced united opposition to President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2010 agriculture budget proposal.  The grain industry leaders have written an open letter to the President articulating their concerns.  The presidential budget seeks a graduated phase out of direct […]

March 24, 2009 - News Update Affecting Forest Business & Timber Supply

By Rex Storm, Forest Policy Manger Associated Oregon Loggers State Timber Sale Suspension Offer: A devastating timber economy prompted OR Dept. of Forestry(ODF) to offer state timber sale purchasers the option to temporarily suspend, for up to 2 years, any active sale contract that meets certain criteria.  Qualified sales must […]

March 23, 2009 - OSU wins American Forest Foundation grant on Family Forests Transfers

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The American Forest Foundation this week announced a three-year, $510,000 grant to Oregon State University to help address an issue of growing concern to many of America’s 10 million family forest owners: What happens to the forest under the next owners? One-third of today’s family forest owners […]

March 22, 2009 - Pacific Fishery Management Council gives review

Pacific Fishery Management Council chooses options for 2009 salmon season: fisheries in north improve; Fisheries in south still limited Seattle, Wa. – The Pacific Fishery Management Council today adopted three public review options for the 2009 salmon season off the West Coast of the United States. The Council will select […]