Newly adopted Business Roundtable tenets reflect forestry industry long-held values

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The Business Roundtable made headlines recently when it announced a new set of operating principles that shift from focusing solely on shareholders to creating an economy that serves all Americans. The declaration listed the need for corporations to redefine their mission to support communities, cultivate a strong and sustainable economy, and promote stewardship and a healthy environment. News publications like … Read More

Environmentalists, loggers, policymakers say CLT a part of the response to climate change

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Washington’s modern timber industry and early adoption of tall wood buildings have helped the state lead the nation in incorporating innovative wood products into the environmental stewardship movement. The recent opening of two mass timber factories in Colville and Spokane Valley underscores this. Working forests and all wood products continue to be a part of the carbon solution as trees … Read More

Drought, heat impacting several Washington native tree species

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Less rainfall in the spring, drought conditions and hotter summers are impacting Washington’s native trees and forest health, says a joint agency report released earlier this year. In collaboration with state and federal agencies, the Washington State Department of Agriculture, Washington State Department of Natural Resources, US Department of Agriculture and US Forest Service published an assessment of private and … Read More

Working forests, timber products provide a solution to reducing greenhouse gases

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More people are recognizing the important role the forestry and timber industries play in addressing global warming concerns and improving air quality. It’s well known that trees sequester carbon dioxide gas and release oxygen into the air and that in working forests the process of planting, harvesting and replanting trees effectively removes and stores the earth-warming CO2 gas from our … Read More

DNR acquires decommissioned helicopter to aid in firefighting

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The Department of Natural Resources just got a boost in its firefighting efforts. DNR announced the recent acquisition of a 1970 Huey helicopter that it is refurbishing to help suppress forest fires in the state. The 49-year-old helicopter was given to DNR free of charged after the Army decommissioned it. Once restored, the Vietnam-era helicopter will join the DNR’s nine … Read More

Working forests provide numerous benefits for state, local communities

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Working forests play a vital role in Washington state and a website is showing just that by presenting the important contributions sustainably-produced timber offers. From environmental stewardship, economic opportunity, carbon sequestration to salmon recovery, working forests provide a whole host of benefits for our state and local communities. With a focus on expertly managed forests that provide a continuous supply … Read More

In spite of a milder summer, expect more forest fires and smoke in the future

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An unseasonably wetter and cooler summer – especially in traditionally drier parts of the state – is resulting in fewer and less intense wildfires this summer. The Lens reports that an “unusually high amount of rainfall in eastern Washington in the first part of August has helped keep this year’s wildfire season mild – even in the face of recent … Read More

Working forests, forest management key to reducing wildfires

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Well managed timberlands and effective forestry practices are vital to reducing the dangers associated with catastrophic wildfires. The Everett Daily Herald published an op-ed authored by Rep. Tom Dent (R-Moses Lake) this week that urged us all to support evidence-based forest management strategies and to embrace opportunities to work in unison to lessen the impact of wildfires. Up until recently, … Read More

Smokey Bear celebrates 75 years

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One of the most recognized icons and the star of the longest-running public awareness ad campaign in US history celebrates 7½ decades of advocating for campfire safety and wildfire prevention this week. Smokey Bear, born on Aug. 9, 1944, turns 75-years-old today. Smokey Bear was born out of a collaboration between the U.S. Forest Service and the Ad Council to … Read More

Promoting healthy, resilient forests in Washington’s most populous county

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High-rise buildings, densely-zoned neighborhoods and traffic likely come to mind when you think of King County. With more than 2.2 million residents, it is by far Washington’s most populous county with cities like Seattle, Bellevue, Kent and Renton. But nestled among King County’s urban and suburban landscape is nearly 800,000 acres of publicly and privately-managed forested land. King County owns … Read More