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 …

Washington’s federal delegation brainstorms on forest policy

by Ashley Bach It’s encouraging to see Washington State political leaders gather together to figure out ways to improve forest policy. This week three members of the state’s federal delegation got together in two separate gatherings. In the first, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell (Democrat) and U.S. Rep Cathy McMorris Rodgers… Read the full article …

Lands Commissioner Goldmark: Active forest management is part of responsible climate change policy

The debate over the causes, severity, and potential impacts of climate change continues, but the reality of drought conditions and warmer temperatures is prompting a conversation: What prudent and proactive steps should be taken as a contingency to aid us in adapting to changes in global climate? State Commissioner of… Read the full article …

Rural communities rise up for active forest management

by Ashley Bach As state, local and federal leaders continue to take stock after this year’s horrendous wildfire season, the calls for more active management of our state and federal forests are getting louder and louder. The Ellensburg (Wash.) Daily Record recently published testimony in front of a U.S. Senate… Read the full article …