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

Using wood products can lead to improved forest health

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The wildfires across the West this summer – and the smoke hitting cities like Seattle, Portland and Eugene – are leading to a search for solutions. How can we prevent these devastating wildfires, and the wildfire seasons that keep getting worse every year? The Capital Press editorial board has an idea. The answers won’t be easy to make or accept. … Read More

Google sister company proposes mass timber neighborhood

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It seemed impressive enough that tall buildings are being constructed with cross-laminated timber. That’s nothing – how about an entire neighborhood? Sidewalk Labs, a sister company to Google, just announced a proposed $1 billion, 12-acre community in Toronto, Canada, that would be built largely with mass timber. The new neighborhood, called Quayside, would include 3 million square feet of CLT … Read More

Protecting salmon is a collective responsibility

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A new story in the Seattle Times describes the difficult journey that salmon take from freshwater rivers and streams to the Pacific Ocean, and then back to the Northwest streams in which they were born. The salmon face long odds, which makes it even more critical that humans do all we can to help the iconic species. “Salmon are important … Read More

How Washington should fix hundreds of fish culverts

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Mark Doumit, Executive Director of the Washington Forest Protection Association, writes in the Seattle Times this month about forest landowners’ 17-year commitment to clearing fish passage barriers on their land, the progress that all stakeholders are making to clear the barriers and how more state funding is needed to improve salmon habitat. From Mark’s op-ed: Washington forest landowners have fixed … Read More

Forest landowners launch Washington ad campaign

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The Washington Forest Protection Association has launched a new advertising campaign in Washington highlighting the environmental benefits of sustainable forestry. The campaign, which includes audio, video, billboards and other digital media, is centered around the themes, “Washington’s Working Forests Work For All of Us” and “Washington’s Working Forests Grow Better Tomorrows.” Among the many facts in the campaign, did you … Read More

Washington forest owners are committed to environmental stewardship

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A new article in the Centralia Chronicle explores the deep commitment of Washington forest landowners to sustainability, environmental stewardship and long-term planning. Across the state, and in Lewis County alone, everyday thousands of foresters wake up and go out into the woods to manage our working forests to provide the wood products we buy at local building stores. We are … Read More