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

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

UW touts new hall made from mass timber

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The newest building at the University of Washington (UW) could represent a significant step forward in sustainability and reducing greenhouse gas emissions for the Seattle campus. Acclaimed in a Puget Sound Business Journal article as “one of the greenest buildings on campus” and lauded in a UW blog as a “genuine showpiece on the University of Washington campus,” Founders Hall … Read More

State Sen. Tim Sheldon to retire

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State Senator Tim Sheldon (D-Potlatch), the Washington State Legislature’s longest-serving member, won’t seek another term in the fall. Sheldon announced his retirement the last day of the 2022 Legislative Session. Sheldon, with roots in the timber sector and whose family are private forest landowners, grew up along Hood Canal. It was his lifelong understanding of local priorities and focus on … Read More

Chinook Forest Partners to sell 35,000 acres near Wenatchee for public benefit

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A significant swath of working forest lands near Wenatchee could be set aside for public and other uses down the road. Trust for Public Land (TPL) recently announced an agreement with Chinook Forest Partners, an Oregon-based timberlands management group with working forests in Oregon and Washington state, that would allow for greater community involvement in the future ownership and management … Read More

Washington State House of Representatives honor Mark Doumit

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Former Washington State legislator and Washington Forest Protection Association (WFPA) executive director Mark Doumit received a high honor from state lawmakers this week. The Washington State House of Representatives unanimously approved Resolution 2022 – 4650, recognizing Mark for his service to Washington and the people of the state. State Reps. Frank Chopp (D – Seattle), Debra Lekanoff (D – Bow), … Read More

Growing schools

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Mass timber could help meet the needs of Washington’s public schools and the state’s increasing population, according to a report conducted by Mahlum Architects. Mahlum recently released a study that found that K–12 schools made from mass timber and other wood products offered numerous benefits for students, communities, taxpayers and the environment. The report found that school buildings primarily constructed … Read More

An update on the 2022 Legislature

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Things move swiftly in a short 60-day legislative session. Last week, the fourth week of session, was noteworthy as it was policy cut off week and essentially marked the midpoint of the session. The cut offs are critical moments on the legislative calendar. Any bill not out of its policy committee of origin by this week is officially pronounced dead. … Read More

2021 wildfire season summary

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Hot, dry weather throughout the state of Washington created challenges during the 2021 wildfire season. The Northwest Interagency Coordination Center (NWCC), which provides logistical support, information and coordination regarding wildland wildfire management for Washington and Oregon, shared a video and one-page summary of the 2021 wildfire season this week. The state experienced an early start to the wildfire season due … Read More

2022 legislative session commences Jan. 10th

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Monday (January 10th) marks the start of the 2022 Legislative session. Like the previous year, this session will be mostly virtual in response to COVID-19 and the omicron variant. For those wishing to testify, the mostly online session means that committee hearings will remain virtual. This year’s legislative convening, also referred to as a “short” session, will be 60 days. A … Read More