New employment data shows Washington’s rural, forested areas are still lagging

Rural Washington still lags far behind the rest of the state and the nation in terms of joblessness.  How much worse?  On the map above, counties colored red are doing better than the national unemployment rate for May 2017 of 4.3%; grey indicates they’re doing worse.  And it’s easy to… Read the full article …

Infographic: 52 million trees planted each year in Washington’s working forests

Each year forest landowners in Washington plant an average of 52 million tree seedlings in areas that have been harvested. On average, that’s three seedlings planted by hand for every one tree removed. Private landowners take a proactive approach, not only to reach the state requirement of reforestation within three… Read the full article …

Where are forestry jobs in Washington? Use our interactive map to find out.

How much of Washington is forestland today? What about the county where you live? How many jobs are tied to the cycle of growth and harvest occurring every day in working forests? We’ve researched the answers to those important questions and built them into a fully interactive version of the… Read the full article …

Alaska Airlines to complete flight powered by biomass

It was just a few years ago that a coalition of aviation companies and other stakeholders were banding together to figure out a way to fly jetliners on fuel made from woody biomass generated by Northwest forests. And it was also a few years ago that Washington State Forester Aaron Everett said at the… Read the full article …