Could Washington lead the way for engineered wood manufacturing?

Plans for two engineered wood products factories in Eastern Washington could help establish Washington state as the national hub of the tall, wooden building movement. The Spokesman-Review reports that Menlo Park-based Katerra Inc. and Colville-based Vaagen Timbers will open mass timber factories this spring to meet the growing demand for cross-laminated timber… Read more

Well managed forests effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions

A provocative Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) report suggesting that Canada’s forestlands emit more carbon than they absorb is stirring controversy. The CBC article contends that assuming the nation’s forested lands are an “immense carbon sink” that absorb more greenhouse gas emissions than the country produces is false. Though sensational in its… Read more

WSU Extension offers landowners training to help maintain healthy, resilient forests

Private forest landowners have an opportunity to gain skills and training in managing their woodlands later this month. The Washington State University Forestry and Wildlife Extension program will host its 2019 Western Washington Forest Owners Winter School on Feb. 23rdat Green River College in Auburn, WA. The one-day course, which aims to… Read more

Prescribed fires to increase in coming years

Washington state says it plans to increase the number of intentional, low-intensity burns to better manage forest lands and prevent devastating wildfires, the Daily World reports. The plan comes on the heels of a report released by the Coalition of Prescribed Fire Councils and the Washington State Department of Natural Resource’s… Read more

Report: Great progress in salmon recovery, but more work needed to protect and restore iconic fish

Salmon are struggling to survive in six of the state’s designated salmon recovery regions despite efforts to prevent extinction, according to a comprehensive report from the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office. While the report sites promising outcomes with Snake River fall Chinook and Hood Canal summer chum nearing recovery goals, salmon numbers… Read more

Forests & Fish Law celebrates 20 years

The Washington State Legislature marked the 20thanniversary of the passage of House Bill 2091 and companion Senate Bill 5896, more commonly referred to as the Forests & Fish Law, this week. The House Rural Development, Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee began its first full committee meeting of the 2019 legislative… Read more

Joint letter from West Coast governors urge increased federal forest management funding

Washington, Oregon and California’s governor sent a joint letter to Pres. Donald Trump this week urging his administration to direct the Department of Interior, Department of Agriculture and US Forest Service to double investments made in managing federal forestlands in the three states. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, along with Govs. Kate Brown and… Read more