Landowners, agencies and tribes united in saving salmon

Recognizing the power of collaboration with an eye toward a future where salmon recovery efforts throughout Washington state are successful, representatives from state and local governments, privately-owned forestlands, federal agencies and tribal communities convened in Tacoma this week to discuss the important work of restoring salmon populations. The 7th biennial Salmon… Read more

Gov. Gary Locke opens 7th Biennial Salmon Recovery Conference April 8-9

Governor Gary Locke will open the 7th Biennial Salmon Recovery Conference in Tacoma next week, where more than 800 scientists, landowners, organizations, agencies and people committed to restoring salmon populations throughout Washington’s waterways will meet. This year’s conference coincides with the 20th anniversary of the passage of the Salmon Recovery Act in Washington… Read more

Fire Strong Workshops prepare Okanogan, Chelan county residents for wildfire season

We’re just a few days into spring and Washington firefighters have responded to 50 wildfires in the state, with 49 of the fires west of the Cascades. Unseasonably low humidity, record-breaking March temperatures and high winds have created conditions that are normally seen in late August during Western Washington’s traditionally peak… Read more

WSU, CRTC researchers investigate enhancing CLT with recycled carbon fiber

The next generation of cross-laminated timber could further establish Washington state as a leader in mass timber. Washington State University recently announced that its researchers at the Composite Materials and Engineering Center(CMEC) are partnering with the Composite Recycling Technology Center(CRTC), a Port Angeles-based nonprofit organization, to develop a longer lasting and… Read more

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