Washington’s federal delegation brainstorms on forest policy

by Ashley Bach It’s encouraging to see Washington State political leaders gather together to figure out ways to improve forest policy. This week three members of the state’s federal delegation got together in two separate gatherings. In the first, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell (Democrat) and U.S. Rep Cathy McMorris Rodgers… Read more

Cross-laminated timber could help timber towns

by Ashley Bach Things continue to look up for the planned $60 million Oregon Forest Science Complex at Oregon State University. First Seattle’s Plum Creek pledged a sizable donation to the new center, a complex designed to train forestry students and promote the use of innovative wood products like cross-laminated… Read more

Sierra Pacific pledges $6 million to Oregon State University for advanced wood products lab

Civic leaders and consumers alike are demanding prioritizing the use of renewable and sustainable resources. Advances in modern sustainable forestry practices have kicked off a flurry of conversation in the fields of manufacturing, energy production, and architecture among others for the use of innovative wood products. A $6 million pledge… Read more

Lands Commissioner Goldmark: Active forest management is part of responsible climate change policy

The debate over the causes, severity, and potential impacts of climate change continues, but the reality of drought conditions and warmer temperatures is prompting a conversation: What prudent and proactive steps should be taken as a contingency to aid us in adapting to changes in global climate? State Commissioner of… Read more

Rural communities rise up for active forest management

by Ashley Bach As state, local and federal leaders continue to take stock after this year’s horrendous wildfire season, the calls for more active management of our state and federal forests are getting louder and louder. The Ellensburg (Wash.) Daily Record recently published testimony in front of a U.S. Senate… Read more

Scientific panel endorses prescribed burns, active management to break catastrophic fire cycle

The worst of Washington’s wildfire season seems to be over, although stubborn blazes still burn in parts of the state. With the memory of two consecutive years of record-breaking catastrophic fires still fresh, researchers are not hesitating to offer scientific insights on changes to forest policy that could help us… Read more

Cross-laminated timber gets kudos in Northwest and D.C.

by Ashley Bach It’s been a big month for cross-laminated timber and tall wood buildings. So good in fact that we need numbers to list all the highlights. 1) The U.S. Department of Agriculture this week split its $3 million Tall Wood Building Prize among two high-rise projects (both still… Read more

Olympic Peninsula leaders and state lands agency come together to address unsold timber

by Ashley Bach The recent closure of four mills on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula has some local leaders wondering what they can do to stem the tide.  In 2014, Interfor closed two West End mills in Beaver and Forks; and Green Creek Wood Products closed its Port Angeles mill. This summer,… Read more