In New York City, the city is on edge over a new bill that would allow the government to shut down entire logging operations in the state for the first time in decades.
The plan would put thousands of trees under pressure for weeks at a time, and could even make it impossible for the city to harvest its timber for decades.
But that’s just one problem for New York’s lumber industry.
The state’s largest lumber company, Empire State Lumber, said the plan could damage the industry by slowing the industry’s recovery from climate change and increasing the risk of forest fires.
“We are all about making the most of this time of the year and having fun with it,” said Empire State president and CEO Jeff Dolan.
He said he hopes the state will take the measure off the table, which has been on the table for more than a year.
In recent years, Empire and its competitor, New York State Lamps, have been able to use natural resources to grow timber and expand their business.
But Dolan said the New York proposal, which he described as an “overreaction” to the warming climate, would take the industry in a very different direction.
Under the bill, Empire will be required to close at least half of its mills within five years of enactment, with most of the rest expected to close by 2025.
New York’s bill, known as “The Empire State Logging Act of 2025,” has been around for about three years.
It has been criticized by many timber industry groups as a step too far that would have negative consequences for the industry and the environment.
The legislation, which passed the state legislature on Thursday, would also require that every state agency conduct a forest inventory every three years, and require the state to monitor how much timber is being harvested.
The bill also requires the state’s Environmental Protection Agency to collect all information from timber companies and retailers on the effects of climate change on their operations.
The state’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources said in a statement that the new legislation would help to protect forests from fire and climate change, and that it would “ensure that timber harvested under the bill has the proper mitigation measures to minimize its impacts on ecosystems.”
In New York, the Empire State proposal would likely affect the company’s existing mills.
State regulators are still considering the measure.
On Thursday, a state judge in the northern part of the state ruled that the plan violates state law and would require the closure of Empire State’s two mill sites in Erie County.
If the judge’s decision stands, the state is expected to seek an injunction against the plan.
Erie County Sheriff David Leland said that the two sites are owned by Empire State, but that the state doesn’t own them and the county is “very close” to having them taken down.
Dolan said he believes the Erie County Sheriff’s Office is acting in bad faith, and said the sheriff is acting to protect his company.
A federal judge last year denied a request by Empire and the New Jersey State Forest Products Board to block the plan, saying the proposal was too drastic and would affect too many people.
Last month, the New Hampshire State Department of Forestry and Fire Protection issued a statement saying that the proposed legislation “is not in line with New Hampshire’s timber law or practices,” and that the agency would oppose it.
Officials at Empire said they will be working with the department to help implement the law, and have already started meeting with officials to discuss the bill. Read more More stories about climate change from Vice: