Have you stopped to think about the landscape of the Forest Industry as it relates to the Forest Service? Very few people realize the reality is that much of the industry has written off timber from public lands. For many of these companies, it seems to be counterproductive for our public timberlands to become a significant supply again. Why is that and what is the New Reality of the US Forest Industry?
I’ve been thinking about forest management as a social science for many years. As a teen, I remember wondering why people were fighting about the activities in our forests. Of course, I understood the concern over heavy-handed clear cutting, but I wondered why there was anger over the other types of logging that worked in concert with the needs of the forest. Where I grew up, many of the private forestland owners managed their land so that they could be proud of what it looked like after it was logged. This meant leaving many trees behind so the forest looked natural.
Uneven Age Management
I read and hear people talking about how the environmentalists are to blame for all our forest health woes. I also hear about the same on the other side of the coin saying that over-harvesting and past logging is the reason our forests are in the shape they are in. Here’s my take:
WHO CARES WHOSE FAULT IT IS!
A to Z Hearing Video
Since publishing the A to Z blog post, readers have been asking how the court appearance actually went. Many of you may know how to find these videos, but in case you didn’t here it is. This is the 34-minute video of the appeal hearing. It was quite interesting to be there in person.
What is the A to Z project? This is a US Forest Service project that is very unique. It’s located on the Colville National Forest in Northeast Washington State.
What makes A to Z Unique?
This project is a forest restoration project that is approximately 54,000 acres of forest land in NE Washington. Most projects on federal land are sold after the Forest Service has conducted the necessary environmental analysis as part of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). This process can take many years to complete for a variety of reasons. In this case the Forest Service sold the project prior to completing the NEPA process. Hence the name, A to Z. Continue reading “A to Z”
European Mass Timber Tour
May 22nd to May 26th, we had the opportunity to visit the epicenter of Mass Timber. Europe has been developing the market for mass timber production and construction for more than a decade. It’s not much of a surprise to see Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) and Glue Laminated Beams (Glulam) structures in most parts of Europe. And that is continuing to grow. Continue reading “Europe Now, America Next”
If we are going to get better at managing lands we need a better land allocation method. All lands need to be inventoried and grouped together based on desired outcomes. We see three necessary land designations. Actively managed lands, conservation managed lands and protected as backcountry. In doing this we can align management that is appropriate for each specific landscape. We need to create a management strategy that is efficient, compassionate, and effective.
With so many acres facing the imminent risk catastrophic fire, we need to develop a nationwide strategy for effective forest treatment. Many collaborative groups have laid the groundwork for what is appropriate in their local areas. By identifying which lands are eligible for active management and conservation focus we can assign the appropriate treatment for each area. Continue reading “Federal Land Management 2.017”
On March 28th & 29th in Portland Oregon, the second annual Mass Timber Conference took place. Hosting approximately 800 attendees, speakers, and exhibitors to discuss everything to do with mass timber. The well-attended conference was organized by the Forest Business Network.
Each day had a morning general session with keynote speakers that included renowned London-based architect Andrew Waugh. His firm, Waugh Thistleton, has completed many of the largest timber structures including the world’s largest Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) building, Dalston Lane. Continue reading “Mass Timber Conference 2017”