Three timber companies filed a lawsuit to lift a logging ban in national forests from the federal government's shutdown.
“It makes zero sense for the cash-strapped government to shut down operations that pay millions into the United States Treasury,” said Tom Partin, president of the American Forest Resource Council, in a press release. “These companies employ loggers and truck drivers that need to be making money to feed their families.”
The U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Bureau of Land Management have contracts to log their lands with about 400 companies nationwide — including Eugene-based Murphy Company, High Cascade Inc, which operates a sawmill in Hood River, and South Bay Timber, LLC, which has operations in Ashland and Williams.
Read more at The Statesman Journal.