Congress gives huge boost to cross-laminated timber

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Legislation more than two years in the making that will give a huge boost to cross-laminated timber is now on the verge of becoming federal law. With the help of Washington State lawmakers like U.S. Rep. Susan DelBene, U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer and U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, Congress this week passed the Timber Innovation Act as part of the $400 … Read More

State building code council allows tall mass timber buildings

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What an exciting time for mass timber in Washington. Just last week the Washington State Building Code Council approved code changes that will allow for the structural use of mass timber in buildings as tall as 18 stories. This makes Washington the first state in the nation to allow tall mass timber buildings into its building code, without pursuing an alternate method. “We see … Read More

Washington charts a course on forest health

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Lens News dives into the growing momentum in Washington to make our forests healthier and less susceptible to wildfires. In reporter TJ Martinell’s story is a healthy dose of quotes and discussion from the Washington Forest Protection Association 2018 Annual Meeting in Olympia earlier this month. In fall 2017, the state Department of Natural Resources unveiled a 20-year forest plan … Read More

California wildfires point to need for active forest management

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The intense and deadly wildfires burning this month in California have shed light on the need for active forest management to make forests less susceptible to large fires. Russ Vaagen of Vaagen Timbers in Northeast Washington writes on his blog that forest thinning has to be part of the set of solutions to improving forest health. And that forest management … Read More

Benefits of working forests celebrated at 2018 WFPA Annual Meeting

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Working forests help address many of the state’s problems, from climate change and poor forest health to rampaging wildfires and struggling rural economies, attendees heard at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Washington Forest Protection Association this week in Olympia. Tesla gets a lot of positive attention for the environmental impact of its electric cars, but in fact working forests … Read More

Logs help improve fish habitat in Central Washington

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Washington forest landowners‘ leading role in improving salmon habitat received attention this year after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the state of Washington must replace hundreds of road culverts that block salmon passage. A new project in Kittitas and Yakima counties is shedding light on how logs themselves can help fish. The “Wood Fiesta” project, led by Yakama Nation Fisheries, … Read More

Hampton Lumber prioritizes environmental sustainability

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Hampton Lumber owns 140,000 acres of forestland in Oregon and Washington and manages 300,000 acres of public forestland in British Columbia. The company, a WFPA member and based in Portland, has more than 1,600 employees who help make the business sustainable and successful. Company Co-Owner David Hampton responded in the Oregonian this week after the paper wrongly labeled the company … Read More

Sustainable forestry improves the air we breathe

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Working forests in Washington are managed by landowners who make sustainability a priority. With smart management, our working forests can last forever. A new story in the Seattle Times has more: The 12- to 18-month cycle from harvest to replanting (in Washington) is significantly quicker than the 36-month time frame (that) Washington state’s Forest Practice Act requires. This promotes faster tree … Read More

Wash. native Vicki Christiansen named chief of U.S. Forest Service

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Washington State native Vicki Christiansen was named this week as the permanent head of the U.S. Forest Service. Congratulations, Vicki! She was named interim chief of the Forest Service in March and now takes over permanently. Christiansen is not only from Washington and a graduate of University of Washington but she served for 26 years in the Washington Department of … Read More

Washington uses prescribed burns to prevent wildfire

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The wildfire smoke that permeated Western Washington this summer, and worsening wildfire seasons across the region, have added urgency to extensive efforts to conduct prescribed burns across the state this fall. State, local and federal authorities are conducting the prescribed burns in Central Washington and Northeast Washington (Ferry, Kittitas, Okanogan, Pend Oreille and Yakima counties) and could happen in other areas … Read More