Stewardship, love of trees motivates Lewis County Tree Farm

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A family-run tree farm in Lewis County recently received high honors for its commitment to sustainable forest practices. The Washington Tree Farm Program named O’Neill Pine Company owners Debra and Richard Pine 2019 Tree Farmers of the Year at the annual Washington Farm and Forestry Association in May. O’Neill Pine Company’s overstory consists of Douglas fir and red alder. But in partnership … Read More

State and federal agencies promise greater collaboration ahead of wildfire season

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Washington residents and forestland owners can anticipate greater collaboration between state and federal agencies on forest health-related issues. USDA Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife Director Kelly Susewind and Regional Forester Glenn Casamassa signed a “Shared Stewardship” Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) this week that aims to improve the health and resiliency of forestlands for … Read More

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