Timber county sues over lack of forest management

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A planned lawsuit announced earlier this month by an Oregon timber county against the state for not harvesting enough timber on state lands is dominating the timber debate there. Regardless of whether the upcoming suit wins in court, it’s already been successful in changing the conversation. Linn County, on Interstate 5 and just south of Salem, said it plans to … Read More

Wildfire funding and tree farms lead the agenda in Wash.

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It was heartening this week to see not one but two op-eds published on important Washington forestry issues – the first on fighting wildfires and the second on the integral history of tree farms in the state. State Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark wrote in the Seattle Times about why it’s so critical for the Legislature to approve his request for … Read More

Passing family forests on to the next generation

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Family forest owners make up a much larger portion of the forestry industry than many people realize. More than a third of forestland in the U.S. is owned by private families, which means that what goes for them goes a long way toward impacting the industry as a whole. More simply, family forests are integral to forestry. We’ve written over … Read More

Prospect of federal wildfire reform isn’t over yet

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The last-minute failure of Congress to pass timber reform and wildfire reform last month was well documented. Instead of passing legislation that would have increased the management of our federal forests and changed the way our country pays to fight wildfires, Congress passed a stop-gap increase of $600 million in the firefighting budget. No chump change, but the money does … Read More

More resources needed for record wildfire season

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While the prospect of federal wildfire reform this year died in Congress, the hope for change in the way Washington State funds its firefighting efforts is still very much alive. State Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark is lobbying aggressively (including at last month’s WFPA annual meeting) for his request for $24 million for firefighter training and coordinated firefighting command, including $6 … Read More

Congress strikes out on timber reform in 2015

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Just a week ago, it appeared that after years of fits and starts, Congress would finally pass federal timber reform legislation. Momentum had continued to grow after this year’s record wildfire season. Legislators said they wanted to add more active management of our federal forests onto legislation that would change the way the U.S. pays to fight forest fires. In … Read More

Washington gathers its forces for cross-laminated timber

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Cross-laminated timber has long been a promising wood product in Washington, but now all the various stakeholders – from timber leaders and academics to architects and environmental groups – are formally getting together to hash out ways to promote CLT. This was on full display this month in an op-ed in the Puget Sound Business Journal. Anson Fatland, the associate … Read More

Tall wood buildings rise in U.S. and Canada

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When you’ve made the pages of the Wall Street Journal, you know you’ve truly arrived. It was the Journal that wrote earlier this month about the big news: the first tall, modern wood building in U.S. history is on its way. The 7-story office building will be constructed in Minneapolis, right next to Target Field, the home of the Minnesota … Read More

Collaboration is the key at 2015 WFPA Annual Meeting

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Collaboration was the word on everyone’s mind at this year’s annual meeting of the Washington Forest Protection Association in Olympia on Nov. 19. The theme of the event was “A Spirit of Collaboration: New Partnerships for Working Forests,” and it lived up to the title. Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark titled his talk as “A Spirit of Collaboration Against Wildfire” … Read More

Paper shines light on forestry in coastal Washington

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Sometimes it feels like forestry doesn’t get the media attention it deserves because so much of the work takes place in rural areas where large media outlets don’t exist and often don’t tread. Which is why it’s so gratifying to see the coverage of papers like the Daily Astorian and Chinook Observer, which cover the coastal counties of Southwest Washington … Read More