WSU Extension offers landowners training to help maintain healthy, resilient forests

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Private forest landowners have an opportunity to gain skills and training in managing their woodlands later this month. The Washington State University Forestry and Wildlife Extension program will host its 2019 Western Washington Forest Owners Winter School on Feb. 23rdat Green River College in Auburn, WA. The one-day course, which aims to help forestland property owners address challenges facing them, will focus … Read More

Prescribed fires to increase in coming years

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Washington state says it plans to increase the number of intentional, low-intensity burns to better manage forest lands and prevent devastating wildfires, the Daily World reports. The plan comes on the heels of a report released by the Coalition of Prescribed Fire Councils and the Washington State Department of Natural Resource’s report to the legislature that recommends allowing for more prescribed burns … Read More

Report: Great progress in salmon recovery, but more work needed to protect and restore iconic fish

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Salmon are struggling to survive in six of the state’s designated salmon recovery regions despite efforts to prevent extinction, according to a comprehensive report from the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office. While the report sites promising outcomes with Snake River fall Chinook and Hood Canal summer chum nearing recovery goals, salmon numbers continue to decline in most the of the state, including … Read More

Forests & Fish Law celebrates 20 years

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The Washington State Legislature marked the 20thanniversary of the passage of House Bill 2091 and companion Senate Bill 5896, more commonly referred to as the Forests & Fish Law, this week. The House Rural Development, Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee began its first full committee meeting of the 2019 legislative session by recognizing the importance of this landmark legislation. Committee … Read More

Joint letter from West Coast governors urge increased federal forest management funding

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Washington, Oregon and California’s governor sent a joint letter to Pres. Donald Trump this week urging his administration to direct the Department of Interior, Department of Agriculture and US Forest Service to double investments made in managing federal forestlands in the three states. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, along with Govs. Kate Brown and Gavin Newsom, praised the Trump Administration for Executive order 13855, … Read More

Conserving working forests under the stress of population explosion

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The effects of Washington’s booming population over the past decade has been impossible to miss or ignore. By whatever measure you choose, the result is clear: a lot of people have been moving to Washington and will continue to do so. The exploding population has created stress for almost all our systems in the state, including transportation, housing, mental health, … Read More

Lawmakers to consider DNR wildfire funding request

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With the 2019 legislative session just weeks away, Washington state lawmakers will be tasked with adopting a two-year budget, in addition to transportation and capital construction spending plans. One budget ask that has garnered quite a bit of attention in advance of the session is state Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz’s $55 million request to fund wildfire response and … Read More

Timber poaching grows on Washington public land

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A man was sentenced to federal prison in January 2018 for cutting down bigleaf maple trees in Olympic National Park, in search of maple with a unique grain that is used to make electric guitars. That same month two men were arrested for illegally cutting down Douglas firs on Washington Department of Natural Resources state trust land in Snohomish County. … Read More

Congress gives huge boost to cross-laminated timber

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Legislation more than two years in the making that will give a huge boost to cross-laminated timber is now on the verge of becoming federal law. With the help of Washington State lawmakers like U.S. Rep. Susan DelBene, U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer and U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, Congress this week passed the Timber Innovation Act as part of the $400 … Read More

State building code council allows tall mass timber buildings

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What an exciting time for mass timber in Washington. Just last week the Washington State Building Code Council approved code changes that will allow for the structural use of mass timber in buildings as tall as 18 stories. This makes Washington the first state in the nation to allow tall mass timber buildings into its building code, without pursuing an alternate method. “We see … Read More