Private working forests help mitigate climate change

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Forest landowners and wood products manufacturers across the United States are well-positioned to optimize the carbon potential of sustainable working forests. Leaders from 48 environmental, conservation and forest business leaders across the country recognize that private working forests and forest products can play an important role in mitigating climate change. Among the signatories are Washington Forest Protection Association members Green … Read More

State Compliance Monitoring Report shows private forestland owners’ commitment to forest practice rules

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Private forestland owners continue to have excellent compliance with state forest practice rules, according to a new report from the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR). With forest landowners between 92 – 100 % in compliance with state rules in their timber harvests and forest road construction, the 2018-2019 Biennium Forest Practices Compliance Monitoring Report indicated some of the highest compliance … Read More

Website provides engaging, kid-focused information about working forests

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A new online resource about Washington’s working forests is providing engaging, kid-friendly information as the majority of the state’s students continue distance learning in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The Washington Forest Protection Association (WFPA) has launched a website – Learn About Forestry – featuring a forestry learning center and various youth-focused activities that take students indoors and outdoors. … Read More

National Forest Products Week focuses on supply chain

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The third week in the month of October marks National Forest Products Week, which aims to highlight the value of forest products and the vital role wood products play in every US resident’s life. This year, a renewed appreciation for paper products and the importance of maintaining the forest products supply chain was brought to light during the early days … Read More

Op-ed urges lawmakers to invest, support forest health and wildfire plans

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Unhealthy forests and climate change played a significant role in this year’s wildfires, but state lawmakers can help prevent the catastrophic damage and devastation from future massive wildfires, according to an opinion piece authored by leaders representing private forestland owners, the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and an environmental organization. In an op-ed penned by Washington Forest Protection Association … Read More

Report names forestry sector as part of Washington’s green economy

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Forestry is a vital component of Washington state’s green economy and climate change response, according to a state report that analyzed ways to connect that state’s greenhouse gas emission targets with economic development. The Washington State Department of Commerce and its Green Economy Work Group published a report this summer identifying forestry and building materials, energy, agriculture and water as … Read More

Researchers, architects look to wood for a sustainable, innovative future

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Top: Image courtesy of B+H Architects. Bottom: UW–Madison engineers and collaborators have constructed a functional microwave amplifier circuit — a common piece of electronics used in wireless communications — on a flexible substrate made of wood fiber. Image by Huilong Zhang.   Transparent wood, electronic components made from trees, and the City of Seattle’s most traveled bridge made from innovative … Read More

2020 Tree Farmer of the Year – a love of the land, legacy of stewardship

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The Washington Tree Farm Program announced this week that a family-run tree farm in Lewis County is the recipient of this year’s top tree farmer honor. Patty Vance, owner and manager of the Elmore Vance Tree Farm, was named 2020 Washington State Tree Farmer of the Year. Elmore Vance Tree Farm, located six miles south of Randle, is a 148-acre … Read More

Darrington Wood Innovation Center could bring jobs, economic opportunity

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Cutting-edge timber products may soon be synonymous with a community in north Snohomish County. The Town of Darrington announced last month plans to develop the Darrington Wood Innovation Center, a state-of-the-art commercial campus that aims to house and attract new wood fiber-based materials and manufacturing companies. The planned 100-acre Wood Innovation Center campus in northeast Darrington is made possible with … Read More

SDS Lumber Company, Columbia Land Trust announce conservation of 4,900 acres

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Habitat supporting fish and wildlife along the Klickitat River Canyon in Yakima County will forever be preserved, due in large part to generous support from SDS Lumber Company and Columbia Land Trust. SDS Lumber Company and Columbia Land Trust recently announced that 4,900 acres would be added to the Klickitat Canyon Conservation Area. The recently conserved land, which the Columbia … Read More