Washington DNR wants to ramp up forest thinning across the state

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Momentum could be growing for more active management of Washington’s state-owned forests. After a record wildfire season last year, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is asking for $20 million over the next two years to thin forests and other forest fire protection, a leap over the $4 million that DNR got from the Legislature the last time … Read More

Plum Creek, Pope Resources lead the way on land conservation

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Two major land deals that will preserve working forests in Washington moved forward in the last few days, and Washington timber companies are at the heart of both transactions. Plum Creek Timber Co.’s sale of 48,000 acres of forestland along Interstate 90 in Washington (as well as 117,000 acres in the Blackfoot River Valley in Montana) just became final last … Read More

Congress adjourns without progress on timber legislation

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There was some momentum for this post-election “lame duck” session of Congress on timber issues. Namely, Republicans will be taking over the Senate next month, and so Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., had only weeks to make his mark before he lost his chairmanship of the Senate Finance Committee. Wyden has been trumpeting his bill on Oregon timber reform (which would … Read More

Groups push to bridge the generation gap in forestry

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The aging of the nation’s small forest landowners is an industry truth that’s inescapable. We wrote last year about several efforts to attract younger folks to forestry and a program from the Pinchot Institute for Conservation to help older forest landowners pay their medical bills in exchange for carbon credits. This week the Associated Press tackled the issue with a … Read More

State looks at landslide mapping, emergency response after Oso slide

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Nine months after the tragic Oso landslide, a state commission convened after the disaster is about to recommend a series of reforms in land use, landslide mapping and emergency management. The 12-member commission, created by Gov. Jay Inslee and Snohomish County Executive John Lovick, won’t issue its final report until Dec. 15, but its recommendations are starting to circulate. It’s … Read More

Forest restoration in Washington still needs funding to succeed

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A new study from the U.S. Forest Service and the Nature Conservancy reveals that 3.5 million acres of forestland in Eastern Washington is overcrowded with small, fire-prone trees and needs to be restored. The study comes on the heels of Gov. Jay Inslee designating 720,000 acres of federal forestland in Eastern Washington for expedited and prioritized forest restoration. As we’ve … Read More

Plum Creek Timber makes huge move on NW forest conservation

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Seattle’s Plum Creek Timber Co. recently announced it was selling 48,000 acres of forestland along Interstate 90 in Washington, as well as 117,000 acres in the Blackfoot River Valley in Montana. The sale of the land in both states to The Nature Conservancy is another reminder that Plum Creek is a major player in conserving forestland for future generations. The … Read More

Wood building, Forests & Fish Law lead the charge in 2014 WFPA Annual Meeting

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The rise of wood as a construction material for tall buildings and the 15th anniversary of the landmark Forests & Fish Law were the most prominent themes at the 106th annual meeting of the Washington Forest Protection Association this week.About 140 people were on hand in Olympia on Nov. 6 for the annual gathering of the state’s timber industry. Several … Read More

Woody biomass enters a new phase with new technology

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Biomass is a big part of the timber industry’s future, but what most people talk about when it comes to turning woody biomass into energy is a process called cogeneration. This is pretty straightforward: wood waste or wood pellets are burned in a plant to create electricity. Now another type of biomass process is getting some attention: pyrolysis. The woody … Read More

Timber industry shows its impact with National Forest Products Week

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There may not be a more energetic time for the timber industry around the country than National Forest Products Week. The annual event, always the third week of October, is a tribute to the country’s forest products industry and the 900,000 American workers who make the industry such a critical piece of the U.S. economy. This years’s event, Oct. 19-25, … Read More