Working forests vital to healthy waterways

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Well managed forestlands play a vital role in maintaining water quality and supporting biodiversity, and a Snohomish County program that assesses local waterway health is underscoring just that. A Snohomish County State of Our Waters report identified the Olney Creek waterway, which is surrounded primarily by public and private working forested lands in the Gold Bar area, as “excellent” for … Read More

Embracing wood in design and construction

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Port Angeles arts enthusiasts last month celebrated the groundbreaking of Field Hall – a premier arts and culture venue that is scheduled to open in 2021 and will serve as home to area arts organizations like the Port Angeles Symphony Orchestra, Port Angeles Community Players and Port Angeles Fine Arts Center. Throughout the design process, Field Hall supporters envisioned creating … Read More

111th WFPA Annual Meeting: Grow more trees, use more wood

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Working forests and a robust wood products industry are a natural answer to reducing carbon emissions. Researchers, private forestland owners and policymakers attending the Washington Forest Protection Association’s (WFPA) 111th annual meeting met in Olympia this week to discuss the critical function private forestland owners play in the state’s economy, way of life and environmental stewardship. This year, more than 120 … Read More

Working forests, wood products key to removing CO2 and storing carbon

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The essential role trees play in removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere is well documented. But as we – researchers, consumers, businesses, environmental advocates and government agencies – continue to collectively search for sustainable solutions to global warming, we are learning and better understanding how working forests and wood products are integral to mitigating against carbon emissions. Working forests, which … Read More

National Forest Products Week underscores the vital role of working forests

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Since 1960, Congress has designated the third week of October as National Forest Products Week. For 59 years, National Forest Products Week has helped to draw attention to the importance of our nation’s forest products industry and reflect on how responsibly managed forests contribute to our wellbeing, economy and quality of life. The focus on forest products has increased in … Read More

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