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$4 Million Gift for Two OSU Professorships
His wife, Jacqueline, and his children recently honored his request by donating $4 million to Oregon State to establish two endowed professorships, one in forest management and another in turf management. The decision involved the entire family, said son Larry Giustina, a 1971 OSU graduate.
“My father had always been supportive of Oregon State, and he really wanted to be a part of the campaign,” he said. “The family came together, and we decided to direct the gift to two areas he loved.”
Plan to Re-open Oregon Short Line
Rayonier to Purchase Timberlands
Shavings, used primarily to bed livestock and horses, are now being used to make wood pellets for heat. In the Midwest, 30 percent of wood sawdust and shavings are converted into wood pellets, up from less than 5 percent three years ago.
The weakened U.S. dollar is also to blame for the rising cost of wood shavings. Canadian sawmills have scaled back production significantly, reducing a big portion of the sawdust used in the U.S.
Weyerhaeuser Closes Veneer Plant
Over the course of thirteen episodes, Ax Men will follow four logging crews through a season in the remote forests of northwest Oregon. Some of these crews will be familiar names to TimberWest readers. They include, Pihl Logging out of Vernonia, Ore., J.M. Browning Logging based out of Astoria, Ore., Stump Branch Logging, and Gustafson Logging, also out of Astoria.
History.com is supplementing Ax Men with a minisite featuring more than 50 shortform pieces detailing the tools of the trade, where the lumber goes, the intricacy of the hand signals that loggers use, and their origins, among other things.
Judge Clears Rey
U.S. District Judge, Donald Molloy, cleared Rey and the Forest Service of contempt and withdrew his threat to jail Rey, or ground all fire retardant air tankers, until the agency evaluated the environmental impact of the chemical slurry.
Rey acknowledged the agency was slow in preparing environmental studies related to the effects of the chemical firefighting tool dropped from airplanes. “There is no way to put a positive face on the fact that we dropped the ball,” Rey testified in court. “We’re sorry.”
Before announcing his ruling, Molloy criticized the Forest Service, saying only a threat of contempt prompted the agency to comply with the nation’s top environmental laws the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act.
Boise Closes White City Plant
“The lack of affordable pine logs due to long-term reductions in federal timber sale programs, in combination with reduced demand for lumber in both the new construction and remodel markets, are the primary reasons we are closing the White City Lumber mill,” said Bruce Cartmel, Western Oregon regional manager. “We regret the impact this closure will have on our employees and their families here in the Rogue Valley.”