Clearing fish passage barriers started with collaboration

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Recognition continues to grow for the critical role that Washington forest landowners play in helping improve salmon migration. This spring the Washington Legislature unanimously approved a bill that eases the permitting process for forest owners to clear fish passage barriers and help salmon. Then last month, the Washington state departments of Ecology, Fish and Wildlife, and Natural Resources honored 43 … Read More

Mark Doumit honored by AgForestry leadership program

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AgForestry Press Release — Mark Doumit was honored as the recipient of the 2017 Stu Bledsoe Leadership Award by members of Leadership Class 38 of the Washington Agriculture and Forestry Education Foundation Leadership Program (AgForestry) at their graduation ceremony in Spokane on April 28, 2017. The Stu Bledsoe Leadership Award is presented annually to an individual who has made significant … Read More

Bear feeding program has 3 decades of success

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In 1985, the Washington Forest Protection Association, in cooperation with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, founded what has gone on to become one of the most innovative and effective programs in the world to prevent black bears from damaging healthy trees. The program is compliant with all laws and regulations and is a partnership with the Department of … Read More

Take a ‘Walk in the Woods’ for forestry

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The forestry industry has launched a new effort to promote forests and the people who work in them. Walk in the Woods includes a detailed website, a series of videos and social media channels. Colin Moseley, chairman of Seattle’s Green Diamond Resources, was one of the leaders of the effort as chairman of the North American Forest Partnership. Members of … Read More

Forestry bills succeed in Legislature

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We’ve written a couple times about a bill in the Legislature this year that will make it easier for forest owners to help salmon, and that’s because it’s a critical piece of legislation. And now the bill is state law. Gov. Inslee signed the bill on Monday. The legislation streamlines the regulatory process for Road Maintenance and Abandonment Plans (RMAP) … Read More

CLT classrooms in Sequim are sign of things to come

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One of the Washington Legislature’s finest moves last year was to allocate $5.5 million for the construction of new classrooms around the state using cross-laminated timber. The 20 classrooms for kindergarten though third grade will be built in the Sequim, Seattle, Mount Vernon, Wapato and Toppenish public school districts. Installation of the CLT began recently on one of those pilot … Read More

Bill will make it easier for forest owners to help salmon

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It was just a few weeks ago that we were talking to Jason Callahan, WFPA’s Director of Governmental Relations, about a bill moving through the Legislature that would streamline the regulatory process for Road Maintenance and Abandonment Plans (RMAP) for landowners. Now that legislation is approved by the Legislature (with unanimous votes in both the House and Senate) and is headed … Read More

Nature Conservancy thins forests in Cascades

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We have seen growing recognition in recent years of the importance of thinning forests and active forest management. We wrote last fall about thinning projects from the Confederated Colville Tribes in Eastern Washington and the U.S. Forest Service in Southeast Washington. Now The Nature Conservancy is getting attention for an ongoing thinning project on land near Cle Elum it bought … Read More

Vaagen Brothers announces mass timber company

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One of the takeways from last week’s second annual Mass Timber Conference (and a smaller accompanying event, the Mass Timber Summit) in Portland was that more local manufacturers of cross-laminated timber and other mass timber products will be needed to really jumpstart the industry in the Northwest. As if on cue, just before the conference, Freres Lumber of Western Oregon … Read More

Talking the Washington Legislature with Jason Callahan

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We sat down recently with Jason Callahan, WFPA’s new Director of Governmental Relations. Before joining WFPA, Jason spent nearly 16 years as Senior Counsel for the Washington House of Representatives Office of Program Research. There he served as the House’s nonpartisan senior legal counsel, providing legal analysis and advice; conducting legal and programmatic research; drafting bills, amendments, correspondences and other … Read More