How should federal timber reform look?

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As wildfires rage in California, Arizona and Montana, Wenatchee World columnist Tracy Warner is wondering when the inevitable shoe will drop in Washington. You might have noticed from the headlines we are entering our region’s wildfire-a-day phase, or very close to it. Early in the season, it’s clumsy accidents in the dry brush. Later we move up to stupid fireworks … Read More

Restoring forest health in Washington

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Lens, a new political and business news site in Washington, recently took a multi-tiered look at the state’s poor forest health, the various reasons why federal forests here aren’t actively managed and how more management would help. The feds, for one, need to take a more active role, especially as Washington’s federal forests increasingly become a tinderbox for wildfires, according … Read More

Clark County tree farmers win Washington Tree Farmer of the Year

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Randy and Linda Lawffer, whose family has owned its tree farm in Clark County for more than a century, have received the 2016 Washington Tree Farmer of the Year award from the Washington Tree Farm Program. The award was announced today at the Washington Farm Forestry Association annual meeting in Olympia. The 250-acre Lawffer Tree Farm, in northeast Clark County, … Read More

Federal and state wildfire reform is still alive

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There is renewed promise for federal legislation that would end the practice of “fire borrowing,” and editorial boards are calling for wildfire reform in Washington State as well. We wrote a few months ago about the last-minute death of a U.S. bill that would have ended the Forest Service’s practice of raiding other parts of its budget to pay for … Read More

The reach of cross-laminated timber continues to grow

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There are so many positive developments each week in the use of cross-laminated timber to construct tall buildings that they can be hard to track. Just two weeks ago, the Timber Innovation Act was introduced in the U.S. Senate. The bill, with Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) as one of the sponsors, would increase federal research and grants into the construction … Read More

Northwest forestry reaches into urban areas

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It’s not often enough in Washington that you hear stories about loggers near the urban Seattle area — forestry is happening everywhere, not just in forests far from any kind of city. Preston Drew has been logging for four decades, and his company, Drew Logging, is based in Carnation, on the outskirts of the Seattle metro area and in the … Read More

Young people discover the benefits of forestry

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Young people, quite simply, are the future of forestry. Some of them may learn about the industry through their parents or other relatives, some of them may already live in rural communities, while others may live in larger cities and have to discover the outdoors from the ground up. Farmer Jack Gray and retired forester Dick Powell recently wrote an … Read More

Washington universities lead the way on forestry

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Plenty of positive forestry developments in the last week at the two largest colleges in Washington – University of Washington and Washington State University. We already reported on the excellent talk at UW by London architect Andrew Waugh about the power of cross-laminated buildings. Russ Vaagen of Vaagen Brothers Lumber in Colville, Wash., was there as well and described the … Read More

Innovative London architect speaks in Seattle about the power of CLT buildings

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Architect Andrew Waugh is a true pioneer in the use of cross-laminated timber in large buildings. His London firm, Waugh Thistleton, built the first CLT building in the UK, and when its Murray Grove building opened in 2009, it was the largest modern wood building in the world. Waugh has been featured in the New York Times, Financial Times and … Read More

State forestry policy in Wash. is dictated by science

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This is a big election year, with not just a presidential race but all kinds of critical local and state races as well. Which is why the Northwest office of the Society of American Foresters decided to devote most of the latest issue of its paper, Western Forester, to the upcoming election. Forestry professionals aren’t consulted nearly as much as … Read More