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

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

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

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