Washington forest landowner honored for clearing fish passage barriers

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Forest landowners are the state leader in clearing fish passage barriers in Washington over the past two decades. Since 1999, with the passage of the historic Forests & Fish Law, state officials estimate that 6,000 barriers have been removed, and about 6,000 miles of habitat have been opened up, with forest landowners responsible for up to 75 percent of the … Read More

Active management helps protect Wash. forest from wildfire

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The Jolly Mountain Fire has burned 26,000 acres in Central Washington and threatens the cities of Cle Elum and Roslyn. Residents of the Suncadia Resort, near both Cle Elum and Roslyn, have been warned of the fire, but so far, the threat to the resort has not been as dire because of active management of the forests nearby, according to … Read More

Family foresters are stewards of the land

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Foresters understand there is always something new to learn about their craft – continuing education is key. Which is why it’s normal for 250 people to attend a recent family forestry workshop in Oakville, Grays Harbor County, organized by the Washington State University Extension. Andy Perleberg, a WSU Extension forester, told the Centralia Chronicle that most family foresters aren’t motivated by … Read More

Using wood for jet fuel helps Wash. environment and economy

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Washington has become an epicenter for innovation when it comes to using wood slash from forests to make jet fuel for airliners, according to a new story in the Seattle Times. Alaska Airlines recently flew the first commercial flight using jet fuel from wood, a milestone that stemmed from five years of research and testing conducted by the Washington State … Read More

Forest owners spend decades improving fish habitat

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A new article in the Seattle Times shows how Washington forest landowners have played an instrumental role in improving fish habitat over the last two decades. In the 1990s, Washington salmon were encountering serious obstacles to their survival. Private forest landowners responded to the threat by entering into collaboration with tribes, conservationists, and local, state and federal government agencies. The hard … Read More

Wash. forest owners show excellent compliance with state law

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Aug. 11, 2017 Contact: Cindy Mitchell, 360-791-9372 OLYMPIA – A newly released report from the state Department of Natural Resources shows that Washington’s forest landowners are approaching 100 percent compliance with the state’s forest practices rules. The 2014-5 Compliance Monitoring Program report shows that in the most recent time period studied by DNR (2014-15), the state’s forest … Read More

Forest owners are expanding forests to meet demand


A new report shows that as demand for forest products increases, the amount of forest inventory available goes up, which then leads to more forestland to store carbon and improve the environment. The report by Forest2Market (full report here) called “Historical Perspective on the Relationship between Demand and Forest Productivity in the US South,” analyzes U.S. Forest Service data in Southern … Read More

CLT is taking off in the Pacific Northwest


A story in the Seattle Times this week explores the benefits of cross-laminated timber (CLT) as a renewable and affordable building material, and how CLT is starting to take off in the Northwest. CLT is a contrast to traditional building materials like steel, concrete and plastic, which are major contributors to toxic greenhouse gases. “There’s a need to reinvent construction so that … Read More

Washington wood is a green building material

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A new article in the Seattle Times highlights the environmental benefits of Washington’s working forests and the use of wood as a building material. Grown by the sun and nature, wood has a lower carbon footprint than other building materials such as concrete and steel. By using less energy-intensive materials, we can lower our carbon emissions and help address threats … Read More

‘More Than A Forest’ launches to promote sustainable WA forestry

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A new website, More Than A Forest, shows how Washington’s working forests benefit both the economy and the environment. The site includes profiles of forestry industry professionals, and videos with forestry leaders talking about how the state’s working forests protect 60,000 miles of streams, produce renewable cross-laminated timber and lead to the planting of 52 million trees a year. Jake … Read More