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A Minnesota company says its ecological logging approach is good for the forest — and the bottom line

Dec 26, 2022
With an approach that harvests trees selectively, instead of clearcutting, profits are deferred.
John Rajala (left), CEO of Rajala Companies, and retired biology professor John Pastor talk about the history of white pines in northern Minnesota in October 2022, near Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

Logging could make California forests more resilient, but supply chain woes abound

Oct 19, 2022
Sawmills are poised to play a big role in making California more resilient to wildfires, but there may not be enough of them to go around.
The aftermath of the 2021 Dixie Fire, outside of Greenville, California.
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Cellphones as logging detectors

Jul 15, 2014
An entrepreneur looks to fight illegal loggers, one used cellphone at a time.
This photo taken on November 13, 2013 shows a timber company worker carrying a chainsaw in the forests of Berau, East Kalimantan, in Indonesia. A new app looks to use cellphones to detect illegal loggers. 
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The global problem of illegal logging

Oct 23, 2013
A federal probe into a Virginia household wood company has revealed a larger, worldwide problem with poached wood.