Scientists make wood into material stronger than steel

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Cross-laminated timber may be getting all the attention these days, but CLT is not the only new use for wood, one of the most incredible and versatile building materials in the world. Scientists recently discovered a process that uses a chemical bath and a hot-press to densify wood, making it stronger than steel. The process, and others like it, could … Read More

Colville now one of the most productive national forests

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Great news out of Northeast Washington, where not coincidentally Vaagen Brothers Lumber has been very active in working with federal, state and local leaders to improve forest health through active forest management. The Spokane Spokesman-Review: After decades of declining timber harvests and forest restoration projects, the Colville National Forest has turned a corner and is dramatically increasing both. According to … Read More

In search of the fisher in Washington

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The fishers are back in Washington, but are they here to stay? That was the question on the minds of scientists as they ventured into the South Cascade Mountains recently in search of the fisher, which is a large member of the weasel, mink and otter family. A team led by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. … Read More

Judges are changing their tune on forest collaboratives

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Jim Petersen, the co-founder of the Evergreen Foundation, is one of the most effective chroniclers and advocates of the Northwest forestry industry and those who work in it. One of his favorite topics to write about in recent years through his Evergreen Magazine is forest collaboratives. As we noted on the WFPA blog in 2015, Petersen came around to forest … Read More

Bill would boost forestry workers in rural communities

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A bill moving through the Washington Legislature, supported by timber companies, would pay for one year of higher education for rural workers in high-demand fields. House Bill 2177 would create the Rural County High Employer Demand Jobs Program in the 30 of Washington’s 39 counties that qualify as rural. “One year beyond high school is the tipping point for family wage jobs,” … Read More

UW magazine extolls the virtues of cross-laminated timber

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Columns, the University of Washington alumni magazine, has an in-depth story in its latest issue about the power and potential of cross-laminated timber, “a next-generation forest product that promises to revolutionize forest management, economic growth, architecture and the construction industry. And that’s just for starters. Its real superpower? The ability to sequester carbon from the atmosphere.” CLT could change how … Read More

Managed Washington forests have strong carbon benefits

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This year’s session of the Washington Legislature kicks off this week, and carbon policy is expected to be one of the primary issues under discussion by state lawmakers. Gov. Jay Inslee last month proposed a carbon tax to help pay for K-12 education, and the governor is expected to provide more details about his carbon plan on Tuesday in his … Read More

Wood products resonate in Cowlitz County

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Two stories came out this week in the Longview Daily News that show the long-lasting resonance of the timber and pulp and paper industries in Cowlitz County in Southwest Washington. First is news of a holiday gift drive led by Nippon Paper Industries, the owner of the Longview pulp mill. The local roots of both Nippon and the pulp mill … Read More

Smart forestland management can promote forest health, reduce catastrophic blazes

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Our previous blog post, which linked to a news clip describing a Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee report on the cost of fighting wildfires in Washington, said the season extends “typically between May and September.” But as noted in a recent KING-TV story, “In Washington, wildfire season is year-round.” So too it seems is the season for writing about … Read More

New Report Identifies State Agency Costs in Responding to Washington Wildfires

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A new legislative report indicates Washington’s Department of Natural Resources and State Fire Marshal spent nearly a half billion dollars fighting wildfires between 2010 and 2016. TheLens.News, an online offering from the Business Institute of Washington, a Bellevue-based nonpartisan nonprofit organization, covered the report by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee (JLARC) and the committee’s a Dec. 6th work … Read More