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

Washington Forest Protection Association hires Tom Davis as governmental relations director

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NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 1, 2022 Washington Forest Protection Association hires Tom Davis as governmental relations director OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington Forest Protection Association (WFPA) has named Tom Davis as its new governmental relations director. Davis replaces Jason Callahan, who accepted a position at Green Diamond Resource Company in April. Davis will be based at the company’s office … Read More

Expect a higher-than-average wildfire season, experts predict

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The upcoming wildfire season could yield higher than typical forest fire activity in parts of Washington state. The National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) anticipates an above-average wildfire season in eastern Washington due in large part to drought. While western Washington has experienced a wetter and cooler spring, it hasn’t been the case for eastern Washington. In fact, the NIFC noted … Read More

Working forests meet Earth Day goals year round

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 21, 2022 Media Contact: Cindy Mitchell, (360) 791-9372, cmitchell@wfpa.org   Working forests meet Earth Day goals year round Using wood grown in sustainably managed forests contribute to carbon mitigation Olympia, Wash. – Earth Day is every day for Washington’s working forests. A recent report from the leading body of world experts on climate change confirms that the … Read More

The 2022 Legislative Session as seen through the eyes of a forester

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Things move quickly in a short, 60-day session and this year was no different. The 2022 Washington State Legislature began January 10th and concluded March 10th. Aside from being the first-ever fully virtual legislative biennium, the 2021 – 2022 legislative sessions resulted in the largest biennial budget in state history paid for in large part from existing tax collections and … Read More

Expect a higher-than-average wildfire season, experts predict

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 23, 2022 Contact: Cindy Mitchell, (360)791-9372   Expect a higher-than-average wildfire season, experts predict The upcoming wildfire season could yield higher than typical forest fire activity in parts of Washington state. The National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) anticipates an above-average wildfire season in eastern Washington due in large part to drought. While western Washington has … Read More