Benefits of working forests celebrated at 2018 WFPA Annual Meeting

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Working forests help address many of the state’s problems, from climate change and poor forest health to rampaging wildfires and struggling rural economies, attendees heard at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Washington Forest Protection Association this week in Olympia. Tesla gets a lot of positive attention for the environmental impact of its electric cars, but in fact working forests … Read More

Logs help improve fish habitat in Central Washington

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Washington forest landowners‘ leading role in improving salmon habitat received attention this year after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the state of Washington must replace hundreds of road culverts that block salmon passage. A new project in Kittitas and Yakima counties is shedding light on how logs themselves can help fish. The “Wood Fiesta” project, led by Yakama Nation Fisheries, … Read More

Hampton Lumber prioritizes environmental sustainability

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Hampton Lumber owns 140,000 acres of forestland in Oregon and Washington and manages 300,000 acres of public forestland in British Columbia. The company, a WFPA member and based in Portland, has more than 1,600 employees who help make the business sustainable and successful. Company Co-Owner David Hampton responded in the Oregonian this week after the paper wrongly labeled the company … Read More

Sustainable forestry improves the air we breathe

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Working forests in Washington are managed by landowners who make sustainability a priority. With smart management, our working forests can last forever. A new story in the Seattle Times has more: The 12- to 18-month cycle from harvest to replanting (in Washington) is significantly quicker than the 36-month time frame (that) Washington state’s Forest Practice Act requires. This promotes faster tree … Read More

Wash. native Vicki Christiansen named chief of U.S. Forest Service

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Washington State native Vicki Christiansen was named this week as the permanent head of the U.S. Forest Service. Congratulations, Vicki! She was named interim chief of the Forest Service in March and now takes over permanently. Christiansen is not only from Washington and a graduate of University of Washington but she served for 26 years in the Washington Department of … Read More

Washington uses prescribed burns to prevent wildfire

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The wildfire smoke that permeated Western Washington this summer, and worsening wildfire seasons across the region, have added urgency to extensive efforts to conduct prescribed burns across the state this fall. State, local and federal authorities are conducting the prescribed burns in Central Washington and Northeast Washington (Ferry, Kittitas, Okanogan, Pend Oreille and Yakima counties) and could happen in other areas … Read More

NE Wash. timber projects get visits from federal delegation

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Two key members of Washington’s federal delegation visited forest collaborative sites in Northeast Washington in recent weeks. U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, last month visited a site in the Colville National Forest. The congresswoman was joined by Vicki Christiansen, the interim chief of the U.S. Forest Service, on a tour Thursday of areas north of Colville where the firm … Read More

Forest owners have strong compliance with state forestry rules

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A new report from the Washington Department of Natural Resources shows that the state’s private forest landowners continue to have excellent compliance with state forest practice rules. The 2016-17 Compliance Monitoring Report shows that forest landowners are between 87 percent and 100 percent in compliance with state law in their timber harvests and forest road construction. In three cases, state forest landowners’ … Read More

Washington DNR plans to thin forests to make them healthier

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A new story in the Seattle Times explores the value of thinning Washington forests to make them less susceptible to wildfires. In 2017, Washington’s Department of Natural Resources rolled out a 20-year plan to improve the health of state forests. Information was gathered from agencies and organizations with backgrounds in forest conservation, the timber industry, science, as well as local, state, … Read More

Washington weighs in on wildfire solutions

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More Washington editorial boards and opinion writers are weighing in on solutions to the wildfire smoke that has plagued the Northwest the past few weeks. Olympia writer Anna Elza Brady, in a Seattle Times op-ed: The back-to-back “smoke storms” of 2017 and 2018 should drive us to elevate the issue of forest management and air quality as never before. This … Read More