Through the Forests & Fish Law of 1999, state and private forest landowners have invested in their road systems by removing fish passage barriers. Since 2001, nearly 5,600 barriers have been removed, opening up 3,800 miles of historic fish habitat. To learn more go to ForestsAndFish.com.
WFPA members are committed to advancing sustainable forestry in Washington State to provide forest products and environmental benefits for the public.
CNN this week covered the trend of tall, modern wood buildings being constructed in countries around the world. As so many countries, cities, architects and developers are discovering, tall buildings can now be built with a type of wood called cross-laminated timber (CLT) that is much more efficient, attractive and environmentally friendly than concrete or steel.
Quoted in the CNN story is British Columbia architect Michael Green, an innovator in CLT who starred last year in a series of wood-building videos sponsored by the Washington Forest Protection Association, the Washington Contract Loggers Association, the Family Forest Foundation and the Washington Farm Forestry Association.
(Green) said news of taller wooden structures is sprouting up all the time.
"There seems to be a new announcement every two or three weeks," Green said. "We've got one in Vancouver for 18 stories and in Vienna there's one for more than 20 stories.
"We've done research in high earthquake zones that show 30 stories is feasible; we certainly think we can go to 40 and higher."
Green is right. Do an online search for cross-laminated timber, and projects are being announced about every week. A factory in British Columbia. A summer house in Quebec. A 10-story high-rise in England that claims to be the largest CLT building in the world.
The Northwest is also fertile ground. SmartLam, located in Whitefish, Mont., says it's the first CLT distributor and manufacturer in the U.S., and this month it announced plans to expand its plant to be the largest CLT plant in the world.
The Adaptive Management Program supports the science and accountability foundation of the Forests & Fish Law.
Use of forest-derived biomass produces energy, and can help reduce the threat of wildfires by paying for the cost of thinning to improve forest health.
Public and private timber harvesters pay the FET in addition to the property tax on timberland.
Private landowners share the burden of preparing for and fighting wildfire.
Wood from sustainably managed forests provides the best low-energy building material.
Nearly 40,000 direct jobs are provided by the forest products industry.
Washington is the 2nd largest lumber producer in the nation, paying wages, taxes and providing environmental benefits for Washington State.
From 2001 through June 2013, landowners have removed an impressive 5,587 barriers to fish passage, restoring 3,811 miles of historic fish habitat.