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

Innovative carbon policy makes historic progress in State Senate

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By Jason Callahan Jason Callahan is the Director of Governmental Relations for the Washington Forest Protection Association. Missing from the headlines of the 2018 legislative session was passage of a bill that establishes a price on carbon. The carbon tax bill ultimately fell short. However, two senators should be applauded for their herculean effort to find a path forward for … Read More

Length of Northwest forest fire season continues to grow

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A new interactive report from the U.S. Forest Service shows the duration and intensity of last year’s wildfire season in Washington and Oregon, one of the worst in recent memory. According to KING 5’s coverage of the report: “It was a bad season…it didn’t set a record for how many acres burned but how long the season lasted – firefighters … Read More

Getting young people engaged in Northwest forestry

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Organizers of the Oregon Logging Conference knew there would be something perfect this year for its 80th annual event: a career day for the Northwest’s newest generation of forestry workers. So last week, the conference devoted one of its three days to its first-ever Future Forestry Workers Career Day. More than 600 students from 22 different high schools showed up … Read More

Northwest forest managers focus on sustainability

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Managing forestland means being a responsible steward of a renewable resource – trees. From family foresters who manage their land over generations to private forest landowners who plant millions of trees a year, long-term sustainability is paramount. Two recent stories shed more light on what it means to be a forest manager in the Pacific Northwest. Butch Tanzey, who manages … Read More