LUMBER: Race Against Insects

Ten years ago a $350,000,000 forest fire swept over 250,000 acres of Oregon's finest stand of Douglas fir and hemlock. It ravaged more standing timber (mostly in Tillamook County) than the entire U.S. consumed in 1933. Last week logging crews (called "Tillamook minstrels"—the charred bark makes them look like a blackface act) were still carrying on their ten-year race to salvage the billions of board feet of timber (see cut) not yet ruined by the insects that always move in after a big burn.

Consolidated Timber Co., a cooperative formed by the owners...

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