CLT classrooms in Sequim are sign of things to come

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One of the Washington Legislature’s finest moves last year was to allocate $5.5 million for the construction of new classrooms around the state using cross-laminated timber. The 20 classrooms for kindergarten though third grade will be built in the Sequim, Seattle, Mount Vernon, Wapato and Toppenish public school districts. Installation of the CLT began recently on one of those pilot … Read More

Bill will make it easier for forest owners to help salmon

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It was just a few weeks ago that we were talking to Jason Callahan, WFPA’s Director of Governmental Relations, about a bill moving through the Legislature that would streamline the regulatory process for Road Maintenance and Abandonment Plans (RMAP) for landowners. Now that legislation is approved by the Legislature (with unanimous votes in both the House and Senate) and is headed … Read More

Nature Conservancy thins forests in Cascades

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We have seen growing recognition in recent years of the importance of thinning forests and active forest management. We wrote last fall about thinning projects from the Confederated Colville Tribes in Eastern Washington and the U.S. Forest Service in Southeast Washington. Now The Nature Conservancy is getting attention for an ongoing thinning project on land near Cle Elum it bought … Read More

Vaagen Brothers announces mass timber company

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One of the takeways from last week’s second annual Mass Timber Conference (and a smaller accompanying event, the Mass Timber Summit) in Portland was that more local manufacturers of cross-laminated timber and other mass timber products will be needed to really jumpstart the industry in the Northwest. As if on cue, just before the conference, Freres Lumber of Western Oregon … Read More

Talking the Washington Legislature with Jason Callahan

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We sat down recently with Jason Callahan, WFPA’s new Director of Governmental Relations. Before joining WFPA, Jason spent nearly 16 years as Senior Counsel for the Washington House of Representatives Office of Program Research. There he served as the House’s nonpartisan senior legal counsel, providing legal analysis and advice; conducting legal and programmatic research; drafting bills, amendments, correspondences and other … Read More

See wood’s trip from the forest to the marketplace

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We write about Vaagen Brothers Lumber a lot because the company is such an innovator in forest collaboration and in communicating what it does. Russ Vaagen, vice president of the Colville, Wash., company, wrote on his blog recently about a video in which he appeared, talking about Vaagen Brothers’ commitment to active forest management. The video is part of “Era … Read More

Congress introduces bill to promote CLT across the country

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Great news to see a bipartisan group of federal lawmakers reintroduce legislation to increase the use of innovative wood products, particularly cross-laminated timber, in construction projects. According to the Aberdeen Daily World, the Timber Innovation Act will “accelerate the research and development of wood for use in construction projects, such as cross-laminated timber, focusing on the construction of buildings more … Read More

Tom Westergreen wins ATFS National Outstanding Inspector of the Year

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We are happy to report that the American Tree Farm System has given its 2017 National Outstanding Inspector of the Year award to a Washington forestry leader: Tom Westergreen. From the ATFS press release: Westergreen has a life-long passion for tree farming and ATFS. He was raised on and currently manages his family tree farm (in Whatcom County), land that … Read More

Pacific Education Institute testifies for natural resource jobs

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We last wrote about the Pacific Education Institute (PEI) in December, when it awarded ten $5,000 grants to Washington programs that support student exploration of natural resource management, agricultural science, and environmental science careers. Since then, PEI has hired a new executive director, Kathryn Kurtz, and Kurtz just testified to the Senate Ways and Means Committee in favor of legislation … Read More

Statewide effort to clear fish barriers takes shape

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As we’ve noted before, forest landowners have been 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 … Read More