Snohomish County family wins 2018 Tree Farmer of the Year

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Congratulations to the New family, the owners and stewards of the Nourse Tree Farm in Snohomish County, for being honored as the 2018 Washington Tree Farmer of the Year. Capital Press provides more details about this year’s award, which is given by the Washington Tree Farm Program (WTFP). “To be honest, I was quite surprised to hear that I was … Read More

Young people get valuable work in Lewis County forests

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We should always celebrate when young people gain experience working in the woods. That’s exactly what’s happening this summer in Lewis County, Wash., where 28 teenagers are working in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest as part of a U.S. Forest Service program called Discovery Team, as the Centralia Chronicle reports. Miles deep in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, a crew … Read More

Sustainably managed forests help the Northwest environment

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Jed Arnold, community outreach and stewardship coordinator for Hampton Family Forests on the North Oregon Coast, writes in the Daily Astorian this week about how working forests help fight climate change and about Hampton’s commitment to sustainable forestry. I’m lucky to be able to spend most days in the woods, helping to look after the sustainability and health of 33,000 … Read More

Washington leaders prepare for busy wildfire season

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It’s only late June, so Washington has yet to see any large, high-profile wildfires, but state leaders say they are expecting a wildfire season worse than normal. At a press event last week, Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz said the state had already fought 315 fires around the state. Those include significant fires in Eastern and Central Washington and wildfires … Read More

Pope Resources completes decade-long conservation deal near Mount St. Helens

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Pope Resources, based in Poulsbo, Wash., has partnered on an extraordinary conservation deal that has such wide scope that it’s taken more than a decade to complete. The last stage of the Mount St. Helens Forest Conservation project is being finalized today, nine years after the project was first announced and more than a decade after discussions first began. The project … Read More

Good Neighbor agreement allows state to improve federal forestlands

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One year after the Washington Department of Natural Resources signed a “Good Neighbor” agreement with the U.S. Forest Service, the landmark forest management deal is moving forward with new state legislation and strong support from Washington Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz. In March 2017, DNR signed a Good Neighbor agreement with the Forest Service to allow the state to complete forest … Read More

Mark Doumit writes on lessons learned from clearing fish barriers

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We’ve written often about the state of Washington’s efforts to clear tens of thousands of fish passage barriers, as well as forest landowners’ leading role in clearing the barriers over the last 20 years. Now none other than the U.S. Supreme Court is taking up some of the legal questions behind the effort. What is the state responsible for in … Read More

City of Seattle approves construction of taller wood buildings

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The Seattle City Council this week approved changes to the Seattle Building Code that may bring the city one step closer to allowing tall buildings made entirely of mass timber products, like cross-laminated timber (CLT). The new law will allow apartment and condo buildings, which are usually built with five floors of wood-frame construction on top of a one-floor base … Read More

Timber has deep roots in Washington’s Lewis County

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An article this week in the Centralia Chronicle delves into the rich history of forestry in Lewis County, Wash., where timber has been a key driver of the economy for nearly 140 years. Workers and equipment were brought in and logs and finished lumber were shipped downriver to Grays Harbor and by rail to the east. The introduction in the … Read More

Small Washington town gets big on fire prevention

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The city of Roslyn in Kittitas County, Wash., was threatened last summer by the 37,000-acre Jolly Mountain Fire, one of the worst wildfires the county has seen in modern times. More than 1,000 residents near the city were evacuated. That added a special urgency to a tour earlier this month by local Roslyn fire officials as part of national Wildfire … Read More