Washington Legislature recognizing working forests’ role in curbing climate change

CeciliaBLOG

The 2020 Washington State Legislature began this week and the issue of climate change will be on the minds of lawmakers throughout the 60-day session. To that end, several legislators in the House and Senate are recognizing that the state’s forest products sector has a part to play in the effort to address climate change. Washington forests and wood products … Read More

A wooden city featured at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show?

CeciliaBLOG

Futuristic innovations and the latest cool gadgets are what people expect to see at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. But Toyota Motor Company and Danish architecture firm, Bjarke Ingels Group, garnered media attention this week when they unveiled plans for a prototype town that would be built at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan called … Read More

Shelton sets new Guinness World Record for most lit Christmas trees

CeciliaBLOG

(Photo courtesy of Cooper Studios) The holiday spirit is abundant in downtown Shelton thanks to an ambitious vision from the Shelton-Mason Chamber of Commerce and support from caring residents, community volunteers and businesses who made it their mission this year to celebrate Mason County’s timber heritage. Shelton, fondly referred to as Christmastown USA, broke the Guinness World Record of most … Read More

Working forests vital to healthy waterways

CeciliaBLOG

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

CeciliaBLOG

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

CeciliaBLOG

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

CeciliaBLOG

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

CeciliaBLOG

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

CeciliaBLOG

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

CeciliaBLOG

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