Tribal forest management comes into the spotlight

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This year has been a good year for deals to preserve working forests in Washington. From Mount St. Helens to the Seattle area, several deals have been struck with landowners to ensure that forests will continue to be managed and protected from development. And now the good fortune continues. In the biggest deal of them all this year, the Muckleshoot … Read More

Green Globes scores huge blow against LEED monopoly

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The U.S. Green Building Council and its LEED building standard have been enjoying a de facto monopoly in the lucrative green building industry, but that is quickly changing. For years, the USGBC has been getting pressure for its exclusive use of the Forest Stewardship Council over the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, a decision that has ruled out much of the U.S. … Read More

Biomass in Washington has bright future

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Washington Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark has long been a supporter of active forest management, including the use of biomass. (He even wrote an op-ed in the Seattle Times about it.) Recent news coverage shows how the state is moving forward on forest thinning and biomass in Eastern and Central Washington. In Northeast Washington, Goldmark’s agency – the state … Read More

Printing your emails won’t hurt forests

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We’ve all seen the taglines: “Please don’t print this email” or “Save trees: Print only when necessary.” But most people who stick these lines at the end of their messages have no idea about how forestry is accomplished, how paper is produced or about the real threats to the world’s forests. This disconnect – between easy cut-and-paste rhetoric and a … Read More

Newspaper series shines light on sustainability and technology of forestry industry

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It’s not very often that one can have a front row seat to the complex process of finding, harvesting and selling timber, but that’s exactly what the Vancouver Sun did with a recent multipart series of articles, videos and photos. The six-day series, called “The Journey of a Log,” follows West Fraser Timber as it surveys, harvests, mills and eventually … Read More

Timber payment extension is only tip of the iceberg

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Congress recently passed a one-year extension of timber payments to rural counties, with communities in Western states getting much of the funding. Oregon will get the largest share, and Washington counties like Skamania and Grays Harbor will also get payments for at least one more year. As we’ve covered on this blog for the last few years, the economic plight … Read More

President Obama criticized for threat to veto timber bill

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Reaction continues to come in after the U.S. House’s approval last week of sweeping timber reform legislation – the Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act. The Capital Press says the bill’s passage is proof that natural resources are back on the radar of state and federal leaders. All of the sudden, logging is cool again. At the same time, … Read More

U.S. House passes sweeping package of timber reforms

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Today marked some of the best news out of Washington, D.C., in years: the U.S. House passed the Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act, a sweeping set of timber reforms that would increase the federal timber harvest and restore rural communities across the West. By a 244-173 vote, which included 17 Democrats voting yes, the House approved the bill … Read More

Despite opposition, feds will start killing barred owls this fall

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As we wrote earlier this summer, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is moving forward this fall on a four-year project to kill barred owls in an attempt to help the endangered spotted owl. The feds will remove 3,600 barred owls from four sites in Washington, Oregon and Northern California. That includes 630 owls removed from the Washington site, located … Read More

Wildfires are a political problem in the states, not just D.C.

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The Rim Fire and other wildfires across the West this summer are once again pushing federal forest mismanagement and the need for forest thinning into the spotlight. The Rim Fire, for one, has burned 246,000 acres and is now Calfornia’s third largest wildfire ever. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack last week tried to defend the feds’ forest management, but his … Read More