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4/10/17 Lawffer Family Tree Farm from Washington.  The 2016 Washington State Tree Farmers of the Year are featured by the American Tree Farm System.

4/4/17 Thinning forests aims to reduce fire risk. The Nature Conservancy is selectively logging dry forests in Washington's Central Cascades as part of a long-term plan to make thousands of privately owned forestland more resilient to fire, disease and climate change.

2/3/17 Timber Clips - Informative links prepared by Cindy Mitchell and our friends at WFPA.

1/4/17 New Wood Technology May Offer Hope for Struggling Timer - Cross-laminated timber tested at two mills, Gillian Flaccus and Phuong Le, Associated Press: D.R. Johnson Lumber Co., is one of two U.S. timber mills making a new wood product that’s the buzz of the construction industry. It’s called cross-laminated timber, or CLT, and it’s made like it sounds: rafts of 2-by-4 beams aligned in perpendicular layers, then glued — or laminated — together like a giant sandwich.  The resulting panels are lighter and less energy-intensive than concrete and steel and much faster to assemble on-site than regular timber, proponents say. Because the grain in each layer is at a right angle to the one below and above it, there’s a counter-tension built into the panels that supporters say makes them strong enough to build even the tallest skyscrapers.  “We believe that two to five years out, down the road, we could be seeing this grow from just 20 percent of our business to potentially 60 percent of our business,” said Redfield, D.R. Johnson’s chief operating officer. “We’re seeing some major growth factors.”  Click here for the rest of the story.

7/18/16 - Behind the Tree Farm Sign:  This video was produced in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the birth of the American Tree Farm Program. The first certified tree farm in the program was located here in Washington state, in Montesano. 

11/13/2015  Make sure forestland owners are treated fairlyCoast River Business Journal, November 6, 2015. By Matt Winters.  Publisher's editorial prefacing the cover story about growing and harvesting products from the land.  The closing paragraph gives the tone of the article: "Even as we advocate for salmon, other species and healthy natural surroundings, we must seek equitable treatment for our neighbors who live and work in the forest."

11/13/2015  Forestry Update: Prices edging back up, but stream setbacks bite. Coast River Business Journal, November 6, 2015. In the section titled "Ramping up regulation", WFFA member Greg Pattillo is quoted commenting on regulatory policies that are creating undue straing on forest land owners looking to use their land.

11/30/14: The presentations from the November 12, 2014, conference Working Forests for the 21st Century are now available.  Sponsored by the Washington State Society of American Foresters, the one-day conference focused on how to balance the social, ecological, and economic products and values from Working Forests. Speakers examined topics on forest science for the future, climate change adaptation, forest infrastructure and markets, innovations in wood architecture, early successional habitat, carbon sequestration, and examples of managing Tribal, community, and family working forests.

11/13/14: How to fight climate change by harvesting wood, by Bruce Lippke, Guest Opinion article in Seattle Times, November 13, 2014.  Lippke is professor emeritus in the School of Environmental and Forest Science, University of Washington, and president emeritus of CORRIM, a 14-university research consortium analyzing the environmental impacts of using wood.

11/3/14: Mom and Pop forests struggle to make responsible harvesting pay. For family forest owners, managing a wood lot means striking a balance between a living legacy and a complex business.  Two families, one in British Columbia and one in Oregon, are featured. The Guardian, November 3, 2014.