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

Mass timber inspires a new generation of foresters

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We’ve written often in recent years about the tremendous outlook for cross-laminated timber (CLT) and other mass timber products. One of the most vocal advocates for the use of CLT in the construction of tall buildings is British Columbia architect Michael Green, who starred a few years ago in a series of wood-building videos sponsored by the Washington Forest Protection Association, the Washington … Read More

EPA’s biomass decision resonates in Washington

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) declared this week that woody biomass is carbon neutral, a decision that echoes a move by Washington state lawmakers ten years ago to declare woody biomass as a clean energy source. In 2008, state lawmakers passed a law declaring that emissions from woody biomass are not considered a greenhouse gas, as long as the region … Read More

Grays Harbor College offers free tuition for forestry program

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We wrote last fall about a new Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Forest Resources Management at Grays Harbor College. As we said then, it’s encouraging to see a robust forestry education program in the heart of Washington’s timber country. The college just received $26,000 in scholarships to fund tuition for the 2-year bachelor degree program’s first class of students (photo … Read More

Study shows trout thrive after Oregon coastal logging

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A new study shows that modern logging in the Oregon Coast Range, under the auspices of the Oregon Forest Practices Act, had no negative impact on cutthroat trout and coho salmon. In fact, the study showed that the number of cutthroat trout actually went up in the harvested area, compared to an area that wasn’t harvested. Starting in 2006, a team … Read More

Legislature unanimously strengthens landowners’ ability to partner in species management

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By Jason Callahan Jason Callahan is the Director of Governmental Relations for the Washington Forest Protection Association. At the nexus of private enterprise and public resources, headlines are usually made when private landowners or businesses clash with the government over regulatory protection of endangered species. However, the everyday reality is more a story of cooperation, shared responsibilities, and public-private partnerships. … Read More

Congress ends the practice of U.S. Forest Service ‘fire borrowing’

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It may not have been the comprehensive legislation that some forestry leaders wanted, but Congress last week finally approved significant federal timber reform. It’s been five years since a bill was first introduced to end the practice of “fire borrowing,” in which the U.S. Forest Service raids its own budget to fight massive wildfires. The practice has meant the Forest … Read More