New Report Identifies State Agency Costs in Responding to Washington Wildfires

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A new legislative report indicates Washington’s Department of Natural Resources and State Fire Marshal spent nearly a half billion dollars fighting wildfires between 2010 and 2016. TheLens.News, an online offering from the Business Institute of Washington, a Bellevue-based nonpartisan nonprofit organization, covered the report by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee (JLARC) and the committee’s a Dec. 6th work … Read More

Forest Products Innovation Legislation Generating Support, Controversy

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Of the many issues that could affect forest products and timberland management, the looming Congressional battle over federal timber reform has gained most of the attention, as described in our blog post on Nov. 15. But other federal legislation affecting the forest products industry is generating strong support as well as controversy.  Alex Ulam writes in AN, The Architect’s Newspaper, … Read More

Deep-seated and shallow-rapid landslides: know the difference

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Washington State University earlier this month released a study on landslides and timberland in the Olympic Peninsula. One of the critical points to make about this study (but which has been absent in WSU’s press release and the media coverage) is that the study involves only shallow landslides, not the deep-seated landslides like what occurred in Oso in 2014. The Oso … Read More

Congress still at odds on federal timber reform

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The U.S. House on Nov. 1 passed the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017. Nick Smith of Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities writes that the legislation “reduces the cost and time of preventative forest health projects on at-risk forests and watersheds.” It also allows the Forest Service to access emergency funds when its wildfire suppression budget is exhausted. The bill seeks to safeguard … Read More

DNR releases plan to improve health of Eastern Wash. forests

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The Washington Department of Natural Resources, under the new leadership of Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz, just released a 20-year plan to restore the health of state forests in Eastern Washington. The plan has received generally good reviews from stakeholders. Jason Callahan, Director of Governmental Relations for the Washington Forest Protection Association, wrote in a blog post that DNR’s plan was encouraging. … Read More

Legislature and DNR address wildfires, forest health

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By Jason Callahan Jason Callahan is the Director of Governmental Relations for the Washington Forest Protection Association. It’s no news that the health of public forests in Washington has been deteriorating for decades; however, the devastating fires of 2014 and 2015 forced this reality into the public conscience. Our state Legislature took notice and, after years of talking about forest … Read More

Gov. Inslee proclaims Washington Forest Products Industry Week

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Gov. Jay Inslee has proclaimed Oct. 16-22 as Washington Forest Products Industry Week, honoring the state’s third largest manufacturing sector, which supports 42,000 direct jobs and another 64,000 forestry-related jobs. The week honoring the Washington forestry industry coincides with National Forest Products Week, which is always the third week in October. The proclamation from Inslee urges all Washington residents to … Read More

Teaching young foresters in forestry country

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Training the next generation should always be a priority for the forestry industry. But it’s even more heartening to see a robust forestry education program in the heart of Washington’s timber country, like Grays Harbor County. According to Grays Harbor Talk, Grays Harbor College is offering a new Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Forest Resources Management (BAS-FRM). Founded in the … Read More

State lawmakers want to revitalize rural economies

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Rural communities in Washington often get overlooked amidst all the attention about the intense economic growth of Seattle and its surrounding cities. But Washington is much more than just Seattle. State Rep. Mike Chapman (D-Port Angeles) represents the 24th Legislative District, which includes large portions of Grays Harbor County. He understands that our small towns, many of which have been … Read More

Second CLT factory comes to Eastern Washington

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A second cross-laminated timber factory has been announced for Eastern Washington in a span of just a few months. The Spokane Valley factory from a California company called Katerra was announced last week, less than four months after Vaagen Brothers announced a new CLT company based in Colville, about 90 minutes north of Spokane Valley. The new facility in Spokane … Read More