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

Candidates in Port Angeles port commission race discuss attracting mass-timber manufacturing

Modernized mass-timber products such as cross-laminated timber are meeting a demand for sustainably sourced, renewable materials in the construction of both small and larger buildings. For obvious reasons, Washington has opportunities to lead in CLT manufacturing. In historic timber communities such as the Olympic Peninsula city of Port Angeles, the… Read more

Wildfires place focus on prevention measures

by Ashley Bach As Washington faces one of its worst wildfire seasons ever, including the largest fire in state history, attention is turning back to the wildfire budget requests made earlier this year by Washington Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark. Goldmark asked the Legislature for $20 million for forest thinning… Read more