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 the full article …

America’s last logging camp still has an impact

by Ashley Bach The histories of the timber industry and Washington are intertwined, so much so that one can’t separate them. The timber industry was active here even before Washington became a state in 1889 and is still the state’s second largest manufacturing sector, supporting 106,000 jobs and $5.2 billion… Read the full article …

Eastern Washington’s reps in Congress renew push to end federal “fire borrowing” practices

It’s the worst kept secret that federal forestland in the West is too often in a state of very poor health — dry and overstocked with fuel.  We’ve witnessed the results of those unhealthy conditions over the last two summers in the form of consecutive record-breaking wildfire seasons.   Making matters… Read the full article …

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 the full article …

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 the full article …

Timber county sues over lack of forest management

by Ashley Bach A planned lawsuit announced earlier this month by an Oregon timber county against the state for not harvesting enough timber on state lands is dominating the timber debate there. Regardless of whether the upcoming suit wins in court, it’s already been successful in changing the conversation.  Linn… Read the full article …

Wildfire funding and tree farms lead the agenda in Wash.

by Ashley Bach It was heartening this week to see not one but two op-eds published on important Washington forestry issues – the first on fighting wildfires and the second on the integral history of tree farms in the state.  State Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark wrote in the Seattle Times… Read the full article …

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 the full article …

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 the full article …