Vaagen Brothers demonstrate collaboration

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Vaagen Brothers Lumber in Colville, Wash., has won national awards for its commitment to forest collaboration. Duane Vaagen and his sons Russ and Kurtis are true innovators in finding ways to bring timber groups, environmentalists and local, state, tribal and federal officials together in the pursuit of common goals. The collaborative that Vaagen Brothers helped create, the Northeast Washington Forestry … Read More

The legacy of Billy Frank Jr. endures

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Billy Frank Jr. was such a transcendent man in his lifetime that it’s no wonder his legacy is still growing two years after he passed away. Just in the last year, since we most recently wrote about Frank, here is what’s happened to honor the late environmental, tribal and civil rights leader:   President Obama honored Frank with the Presidential … Read More

Forest landowners can help protect the fisher

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The fisher, a large member of the weasel, mink and otter family, disappeared from Washington by the mid-1900s because of overtrapping and loss of habitat. But the fishers have returned to their historic home in recent years because of efforts by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other leaders to reintroduce the … Read More

Cross-laminated transforming timber industry

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Excitement, nervousness, anticipation. If you’re in the wood products industry, thinking about the prospects for cross-laminated timber (CLT) is like attending the first day of school or a new job. The momentum just keeps on growing every month. Newsweek Magazine recently took an in-depth look at not just one but three CLT projects built or planned in Portland. A bill … Read More

The Presidents and the Forests

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With this year’s presidential race in full swing (and Presidents’ Day on Monday), it’s an appropriate time to take a look at not just our country’s long and abiding relationship with forests but more specifically, the strong role that forests played with several U.S. presidents. The Sustainable Forestry Initiative has a great story this week about the special connection that … Read More

Enjoying a life of forestry

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It’s good to be a forester. Sometimes this fact can be overlooked amid economic upheaval or uneducated media coverage, but working in the trees is a great life. If we needed any reminding, three recent news stories from the Northwest did the trick. At a recent tree planting near Corvallis, Ore., there was the inspiring sight of 23 high-school forestry … Read More

Washington lawmakers propose reform in how state fights wildfires

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This year’s session of the Washington Legislature is about half over, and Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark’s request for an extra $24 million to fight wildfires is still active. Goldmark testified last month to a House committee, and a few days later, gave a videoconference address on the need for more wildfire funding. Lawmakers have not said no to the … Read More

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