Government shutdown stops timber sales

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service is shutting down timber sales on national forests across the country due to the partial shutdown of the federal government.

Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden said Friday that Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell informed him of the move.

Forest Service spokesman Leo Kay confirmed the action in an email but said details were not immediately available.

It was not clear, for example, whether loggers could cut and haul off trees under contracts that have already been awarded, or whether the action affects just sales that have yet to be awarded.

Wyden says it will add to the economic hardship rural communities already face.


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