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Tree DNA

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On November 12, 2021

Given my love of forests and my outrage at the crimes that people easily commit within them, I am very happy to see this: In the spring and summer of 2018, a crew of poachers had been chopping down tr

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The entire idea of burning biomass for “renewable” energy inevitably is going to lead to rich parts of the world burning the forests of poor parts of the world. Or not even just the poorest parts of the world, but even the rural U.S. South. Andrea Macklin never turns off his TV. It’s the only […]

The Lumber Boom

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On May 7, 2021

The desire of people to redo their homes in the face of being inside for a year has led to an unprecedented lumber boom. Prices have, in turn, skyrocketed. For years, the price of 1,000 board feet of

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Biden and the Spotted Owl

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On March 13, 2021
Northwestern timber interests remain bitter about the protection of the northern spotted owl. It’s all pretty ridiculous. Not only is there only tiny pockets of unprotected old growth timber left, but there aren’t even mills that can process trees of that size anymore, or not very many at least. The entire industry has moved fully […]
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George Atiyeh

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On September 16, 2020
One of the great environmentalist heroes of recent decades is George Atiyeh. Nephew of the last Republican governor of Oregon Vic Atiyeh, this former logger bucked the industry and made a life crusade to protect the Opal Creek Wilderness. Much of this seems to have burned in the recent fires. The importance of Opal Creek […]

Oregon Burning

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On September 10, 2020

The fires in the West are so depressing. The specific areas of Oregon that are burning–the McKenzie River valley especially, but also the Opal Creek Wilderness–these are my favorite places

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