State lawmakers boost mass timber and rural communities

On Friday, the Washington Forest Protection Association issued the following release, touting the significant work done during the recent legislative session to create laws that will support new codes for mass timber construction in homes and commercial buildings, a development that would spur demand for more jobs in rural communities… Read more

Congress still at odds on federal timber reform

The U.S. House on Nov. 1 passed the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017. Nick Smith of Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities writes that the legislation “reduces the cost and time of preventative forest health projects on at-risk forests and watersheds.” It also allows the Forest Service to access emergency funds when its wildfire… Read more

Gov. Inslee proclaims Washington Forests Products Industry Week

Gov. Jay Inslee has proclaimed Oct. 16-22 as Washington Forest Products Industry Week, honoring the state’s third largest manufacturing sector, which supports 42,000 direct jobs and another 64,000 forestry-related jobs. The week honoring the Washington forestry industry coincides with National Forest Products Week, which is always the third week in… Read more

Second CLT factory comes to Eastern Washington

A second cross-laminated timber factory has been announced for Eastern Washington in a span of just a few months. The Spokane Valley factory from a California company called Katerra was announced last week, less than four months after Vaagen Brothers announced a new CLT company based in Colville, about 90 minutes north of Spokane Valley. The… Read more

‘More Than A Forest’ launches to promote sustainable WA forestry

by Ashley Bach A new website, More Than A Forest, shows how Washington’s working forests benefit both the economy and the environment. The site includes profiles of forestry industry professionals, and videos with forestry leaders talking about how the state’s working forests protect 60,000 miles of streams, produce renewable cross-laminated timber and lead to… Read more

Cross Laminated Timber Projects come to Tacoma and Spokane

by Ashley Bach It’s an exciting time for cross-laminated timber in Washington. There are the 20 state-funded classrooms being built with CLT in the Sequim, Seattle, Mount Vernon, Wapato and Toppenish public school districts. Then there is the new mass timber manufacturing company from Vaagen Brothers in Colville called Vaagen Timbers, which will be the… Read more

Seattle Times: Biofuel from logging scraps powers Alaska Airlines jet on cross-country flight

From the Seattle Times: An Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to Washington, D.C., on Monday morning was powered with a jet-fuel blend containing 20 percent renewable biofuel made from Pacific Northwest forest residuals — the limbs and branches that remain after the harvesting of managed forests. Billed as the first… Read more