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Oregon storms leave glut of timber

Storms that ripped through Oregon’s coastal forests on Dec. 2 have left public and private forest owners with a glut of logs of negligible worth, in a time already difficult for the lumber industry there.

The number of snapped and uprooted trees is estimated to be greater than after the December 2006 storm that knocked down roughly 20 million board feet of timber in the Clatsop State Forest alone, said Tom Savage, district forester for Oregon Department of Forestry’s Astoria district, in a report by the Western agricultural news service Capital Press.

Aerial surveys show the damage from the Dec. 2 storm was particularly severe within 10 miles of the Oregon shoreline, according to the report.

The hit comes at a difficult time for Oregon’s lumber industry – recent news reports around 200 combined layoffs at lumber mills belonging to Eugene-based States Industries, Springfield-based Timber Products Co. and Glendale-based Swanson Group.

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