Interview: Sen. Ron Wyden

EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden (D) stopped by KEZI 9 News Midday to share his thoughts on the groundbreaking of the new VA Clinic in Eugene. He also touched on some important issues facing the state such as Cover Oregon, gay marriage and timber harvest.

Old Siskiyou County Sawmill Re-Opening

YREKA, Calif. – After decades of mill closures and shutdowns, a new sawmill is being built in Siskiyou County. Fruit Growers Supply, which for more than a hundred years has owned thousands of acres of timberland in Northern California, is reviving a vacant mill site east of Yreka. Trucks are already bringing in small-size logs to the … Continue reading »

Both Sides React to Timber Bill

ROSEBURG, Ore. –Douglas County is home to four different O&C land districts. “That’s why this is so important, not only to counties, but to our communities, our economy, our job base,” said Doug Robertson, President of the O&C County Association. The association of O&C counties says because of protests and environmental lawsuits, forestry services have … Continue reading »

Timber Harvests Increase Again in 2011

EUGENE, Ore. — After the collapse of the housing market in 2008, timber production fell right with it. But harvests made a gain in 2010, and now the 2011 numbers mirror that. Since bottoming out in 2009, harvests grew 32 percent. Forest economists say the driving force of the increase is an export market to … Continue reading »