Cross-laminated timber could transform communities, timber industry

by Ashley Bach Excitement, nervousness, anticipation. If you’re in the wood products industry, thinking about the prospects for cross-laminated timber (CLT) is like attending the first day of school or a new job. The momentum just keeps on growing every month. Newsweek Magazine recently took an in-depth look at not… Read more

Washington lawmakers propose reform in how state fights wildfires

by Ashley Bach This year’s session of the Washington Legislature is about half over, and Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark’s request for an extra $24 million to fight wildfires is still active. Goldmark testified last month to a House committee, and a few days later, gave a videoconference address on… Read more

Prospect of federal wildfire reform isn’t over yet

by Ashley Bach The last-minute failure of Congress to pass timber reform and wildfire reform last month was well documented. Instead of passing legislation that would have increased the management of our federal forests and changed the way our country pays to fight wildfires, Congress passed a stop-gap increase of… Read more

What if we could ‘grow’ jet fuel using a common waste wood? There’s a chance we soon will.

For those concerned about over-dependence on fossil fuels, finding a combustible fuel derived from a renewable source would be a game-changer. Consider the game changed, courtesy of a research team at Washington State University working in collaboration with the Boeing Corporation who have discovered how to turn wood fiber into… Read more

Public Lands Commissioner Goldmark calls for increase in state firefighting budget

Although civic and business leaders are working to identify ways to improve the health of forests in Washington and reduce risks of catastrophic wildfire, there’s also an understanding that fires will always happen. The extent of the destruction when fire breaks out depends a lot on the availability of trained… Read more

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