On January 31, 2018, the Washington Department of Natural Resources, brought together its partners -- from local fire districts and volunteer fire teams to the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and National Guard -- at the first Wildland Fire Summit, to work on developing a Wildland Fire Protection Strategic Plan to envision a new future for effective wildland fire management. A fact sheet for the development of the WA Wildland Fire Protection Strategic Plan has now been released.

7/12/2017 Treesource: Forest Journalism for a Sustainable Future

A new online magazine has been started as a way to help the general public understand forests and the work of foresters.  It can be accessed at  The intended audience is the general public and the stories are intended to be more in-depth than the usual daily news story.

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.

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.