Stressed trees underscore need for greater land management

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Drought, hotter summers, disease and pests are stressing native tree species in Western Washington, according to scientists, King County agencies and conservationists. The Courier-Herald and other Sound Publishing newspapers reported that indigenous trees like Western hemlock and Douglas fir are struggling to thrive in Western Washington, increasing wildfire risks and impacting wildlife biodiversity. According to the story: Droughts have become hotter … Read More

Wildfires impact air quality greater than prescribed burns

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An analysis provided by the US Forest Service has concluded what many forestland owners and woodland managers already know: Prescribed burns have a lower impact on air quality while helping to prevent forest fires than catastrophic wildfires. The study, which measured particulate matter within communities near the fires and urban centers far from the fires, found that megafires subject more people and … Read More

Landowners, agencies and tribes united in saving salmon

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Recognizing the power of collaboration with an eye toward a future where salmon recovery efforts throughout Washington state are successful, representatives from state and local governments, privately-owned forestlands, federal agencies and tribal communities convened in Tacoma this week to discuss the important work of restoring salmon populations. The 7th biennial Salmon Recovery Conference, which also coincided with the 20th anniversary of the … Read More

Gov. Gary Locke opens 7th Biennial Salmon Recovery Conference April 8-9

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Governor Gary Locke will open the 7th Biennial Salmon Recovery Conference in Tacoma next week, where more than 800 scientists, landowners, organizations, agencies and people committed to restoring salmon populations throughout Washington’s waterways will meet. This year’s conference coincides with the 20th anniversary of the passage of the Salmon Recovery Act in Washington state, which aimed to restore salmon by establishing a Governor’s … Read More

2019 Legislative Session Update: Bills supporting healthy, working forests advance

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With the 2019 legislative session beyond the halfway mark, now is a good time look at what bills affecting forestland owners are still under consideration. Wildfire prevention, investments to promote healthy forests and policies in support of working forests were just some of the legislation that Olympia lawmakers have focused on this 105-day session. Below are updates on some of … Read More

Fire Strong Workshops prepare Okanogan, Chelan county residents for wildfire season

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We’re just a few days into spring and Washington firefighters have responded to 50 wildfires in the state, with 49 of the fires west of the Cascades. Unseasonably low humidity, record-breaking March temperatures and high winds have created conditions that are normally seen in late August during Western Washington’s traditionally peak wildfire season. Weather forecasters anticipate that lower temperatures and higher … Read More

House unanimously passes bill aimed at reducing wildfires

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On the heels of one of Washington state’s most severe wildfire seasons, Olympia lawmakers have responded with legislation that aims to promote healthy and resilient forests. The House of Representatives unanimously passed 2SHB 1784which would require more fuel breaks on public lands to prevent severe wildfires and improve the overall health of state-owned forestland. The bill would build upon the … Read More

WSU, CRTC researchers investigate enhancing CLT with recycled carbon fiber

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The next generation of cross-laminated timber could further establish Washington state as a leader in mass timber. Washington State University recently announced that its researchers at the Composite Materials and Engineering Center(CMEC) are partnering with the Composite Recycling Technology Center(CRTC), a Port Angeles-based nonprofit organization, to develop a longer lasting and more moisture-resistant cross-laminated timber. The group will share its joint … Read More

Working, younger forests may be better at drawing more CO2 out of the air

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Younger forests play a vital role in reducing greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, according to a new study out of England. A University of Birmingham analysis found relatively young forests, where trees are less than 140 years old, sequester more metric tons of carbon per year than old-growth forests. Using 29 years of data and carbon storage models, researchers at the … Read More

Could Washington lead the way for engineered wood manufacturing?

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Plans for two engineered wood products factories in Eastern Washington could help establish Washington state as the national hub of the tall, wooden building movement. The Spokesman-Review reports that Menlo Park-based Katerra Inc. and Colville-based Vaagen Timbers will open mass timber factories this spring to meet the growing demand for cross-laminated timber (CLT) and glue-laminated beams (glulam). Vaagen Timbers’ 70,000-square-foot factory is … Read More