Pledging “Wood First”

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It’s not just in the U.S. that logging towns are coming up with bold new solutions to keep their lifeblood going. For decades, the timber industry provided jobs, security and a sense of community for towns across the West. Why give that up? Campbell River, a city of 32,000 people on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, just adopted a “Wood … Read More

Good news for biomass

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Biomass appears to be gaining more and more momentum. The Wenatchee World just wrote an editorial about the state Department of Natural Resources’ pilot program and had this to say: If more of the wood fiber produced by thinning and clearing could be put to some beneficial use, it would solve many environmental and economic problems. If this wood — … Read More

Up close and personal

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Two interesting articles came out today that demonstrate the benefits and struggles of the timber industry.  The first is a column by Ellen Simpson with the Montana Wood Products Association, who argues that the timber industry is being left behind by government officials in the West, even though the industry was the region’s lifeblood for decades. And supporting timber jobs … Read More

Would Sen. Wyden’s legislation sustain or eliminate working forests?

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We are reminded once again that “beauty” is in the eye of the beholder.  A One Voice for Working Forests supporter who read “A forestry model for the future?” — the Bend Bulletin article mentioned here on Jan. 12 — suggested checking out another point of view:  “Wyden Proposes the End of Forest Stewardship in Eastern Oregon.”  It’s a commentary … Read More

Biomass on the verge

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The Pacific West Biomass Conference & Expo? is meeting this week in Sacramento, and the driving topic is the emerging potential of biomass as a major source of renewable energy. As James Boyd, the head of the California Energy Commission said Tuesday: “(Biomass) is a treasure sort of waiting to be discovered.” David Bischel, the head of the California Forestry … Read More

Oregon takes a look at its forests

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Big decisions coming up on how Oregon manages about 650,000 acres of its state forests, including Clatsop and Tillamook. According to the Daily Astorian, The Oregon Board of Forestry is taking a look at the “Greatest Permanent Value” rule, which is meant to balance the social, economic and environmental benefits of state forests. Clatsop County Manager Duane Cole told the … Read More

Partnering up for trees

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Working forests provide benefits for everyone, which is why it’s so nice to see such a broad coalition work on a forest restoration project in Bend. According to The Bulletin, a group of community groups, timber company representatives and conservationists started work this week on a  1,200-acre forest project. All the groups agree that the old-growth timber and the trees … Read More

The economic power of working forests

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A new study commissioned by the National Alliance of Forest Owners quantifies exactly how much private working forests contribute to the economy. While these forests clearly help the states and communities in which they’re located, it’s striking to see just how much — hundreds of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars. See the study here. In Washington, one can … Read More

Forests: The ultimate green resource

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We are excited to start this blog and create a gathering place to discuss the value of working forests. Working forests provide carbon storage in live trees and wood products, and supply the feedstock to create renewable energy. Yet policymakers and the public don’t all recognize that those who work in forests and forest products are part of the green … Read More