Following a seven-year study of 88 timber tracts across Oregon’s western Cascade Range, researchers have concluded no “discernable difference” in populations and occupancy of a rare salamander on recently harvested stands compared to stands older than 50 years. The project, which ran from 2013-2019, was a collaboration of Oregon State University, Weyerhaeuser, Port Blakely Tree Farms, Bureau of Land Management and the Oregon Dept. of Forestry, and the findings were published in the journal Forest Ecology and Management.
Found only on the west slope of the Cascade Range, the Oregon slender salamander is considered “sensitive” by state wildlife officials, and other groups have petitioned for its listing under the Endangered Species Act. It lives primarily underground or burrowed into decaying woody material and is found on both older age class tracts and timber plantations. Researchers did note that a more commonly found salamander was negatively affected by timber harvest, and recommended that landowners leave more moisture-holding wood on the ground after logging to provide habitat for both species.
Charles Hartke has joined APA—The Engineered Wood Assn. as director of the Quality Services Division. Hartke will oversee APA’s accredited certification programs, auditing and inspection of member products, and the staff who convey standards…
The Composite Panel Assn. (CPA) has announced the hiring of Andy O’Hare as the new President beginning August 3, 2020. Andy has over 25 years of diverse association management experience and comes to CPA from The Fertilizer Institute (TFI)…
SmartLam North America and RedBuilt announced a partnership to supply cross-laminated timber (CLT) products and solutions to architects, engineers and contractors for projects using the mass timber building technology…
Longtime independent veneer producer Idaho Veneer Co. in Post Falls, Id. has closed its doors, as the family ownership decided to sell the mill property, which has slowly “moved” from outside of town to the middle of town as the area has grown…
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