114th WFPA Annual Meeting recognizes, celebrates working forests

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Collaboration and building strong partnerships were the overarching themes at the 114th Washington Forest Protection Association (WFPA) Annual Meeting in Olympia. The meeting, which can be viewed on TVW in parts one and two, featured forestry sector leaders and elected officials recognizing the critical role Washington’s working foresters and private forest landowners play in the state’s economy, salmon recovery and … Read More

Late wildfire season underscores importance of forest management

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The Washington State Department of Natural Resources reported the 2022 wildfire season to be the least destructive in a decade with just over 140,300 acres burned by October 7th. In addition to a dedicated firefighting crew and key partnerships with other agencies, Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz credited the passage of HB 1168 – passed unanimously by the Legislature in 2021 … Read More

Celebrating renewable, environmentally friendly forest products

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This time of year is particularly special for working forests and the forestry sector because the third week in October is designated as National Forest Products Week. This is a time for US residents to recognize and honor the important contributions working forests and the forestry sector provide for the nation, state and local communities. Working forests and the forest … Read More

To improve forest health, we need prescribed burns

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The past weekend of wildfires and hazy smoke in Washington state underscores more than ever the importance of forest management and how tools like thinning and prescribed fire are critical to promoting healthy, resilient forests. Catastrophic forest fires are growing in intensity and frequency due in large part to nearly 100 years of fire suppression policies on forest lands and … Read More

State recognizes large private forest landowners

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Washington agencies recently honored many of the state’s largest private forest landowners – including several Washington Forest Protection Association members – for their efforts to improve fish habitat. During the August Forest Practices Board meeting and in a joint news release, Washington State’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Department of Ecology (DOE) and Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) applauded … Read More

State forest practices study finds high compliance among working forests

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Working forests remain committed partners to protecting and improving fish habitat. The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) released its biennium Compliance Monitoring Program report assessing how well working forests are conforming to forest practice rules put in place to protect riparian areas on both sides of streams to keep water cool and clean. The report found that an … Read More

WFPA statement on the Washington Supreme Court state trust lands ruling

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“The unanimous Washington State Supreme Court decision affirms the important role of state trust lands in benefiting all four corners of Washington State. State trust lands that are designated working forest provide numerous benefits, including supporting rural economies, providing a locally-sourced sustainable, green, and renewable material we all rely on daily, and supporting forest health all while providing critical funding … Read More

UW architecture students explore design, structural possibilities of wood

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Wood, one of the world’s oldest building materials, is now considered a material of the future – thanks to advances in the timber and design industries. Architecture students at the Barry Onouye Endowed Studio at the University of Washington dedicated 10 weeks of learning about the design potential of wood and put into practice their ideas this spring quarter. Students … Read More

WFPA statement on the passing of George Weyerhaeuser Sr.

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“The Washington Forest Protection Association (WFPA) is deeply saddened to learn of George Weyerhaeuser’s passing. Through his long-tenured career at the Weyerhaeuser Company, George will forever be connected to the Evergreen State’s prosperity and leadership in championing science-forward approaches in forestry. This includes Weyerhaeuser Company’s enduring commitment to advancing healthy, resilient forests with its help in founding of the Washington … Read More

An inspirational story of forest restoration

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What is required to build a forest from scratch? According to Robert and Kazuko Barker of Nelson Road Tree Farm in Deming: thousands of baby trees, hundreds of biodegradable plastic tubing, fencing and plenty of persistence. A Whatcom County tree farm and its owners received high praise and recognition for their determination and commitment to forestry recently. The Washington Tree … Read More