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TimberWest November/December 2013

January/February 2016

ON THE COVER
Photo taken at the 2015 Oregon Logging
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Running Big, Running Strong
Jerry DeBriae, owner and founder of Jerry DeBriae Logging Inc. of Cathlamet, Washington, has over five decades of experience tackling just about every challenge a logging contractor will face.

A Road Well Travelled
R D Reeves Construction finds the solutions to stay diversified and local.

Woody Biomass
Stripping fact from fiction

All Hands on Deck
Miller Timber Services and Wildland Firefighting Crews

Tire Evaluation Test

China Amping up Imports
China aims to increase the volume of timber imports from the U.S. despite stagnant economy.

Foresters Face Paradigm Shift 
for Logging Steep Slopes

Technology from New Zealand is set to create a whole new — and safer — way of logging

Gradual Growth for North American Sawmill
Vancouver Urban Timberworks started out modestly and grew into their new Wood-Mizer WM1000

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In the News

Wahkiakum County Seeks Legislation for Timber Transfer

In early January, Wahkiakum County commissioners signed a letter to Governor Jay Inslee asking him to upgrade the county’s trust timberlands, reported the Wahkiakum County Eagle.

Prior to 1999, the county derived substantial revenue from state-managed timberland. However, since 1999, approximately 3,000 of the county’s 12,600 acres have been set aside as habitat for endangered species, which has reduced the base for revenue.

A forestry consultant valued the timber on the 3,000 acres at $30 million, and the county has received only $800,000. Over the years, county officials have sought compensation for the 3,000 acres and had some success.

The proposed two-part plan would have encumbered county trust land exchanged for harvestable Common School Trust Land. The encumbered lands would then be placed into the Trust Land Transfer Program to compensate Common School Trust. In the end, the encumbered lands would be preserved as habitat for the endangered species.


Senate Agriculture Committee Launches Updated Website

The U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry launched a redesigned website to help folks stay up to date with the important work happening in the committee.

The site, which remains located at www.agriculture.senate.gov, will be a one-stop shop for information ranging from past and upcoming hearings to legislation before the committee, as well as press releases and social media accounts for both Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich. The site will also host an enhanced live-streaming feature, making it easier to watch hearings no matter your location. Be sure to check the site regularly for updated photos reflecting all sectors of American agriculture, nutrition, and forestry.


Climate Change Increases Stress on Pacific Northwest Forests

Oregon State University reported that rising temperatures and late summer dryness are pushing some types of forests beyond their ability to cope with stress, according to a new analysis of forest response to climate change across the Pacific Northwest.

Particularly vulnerable forests include those in drier areas such as the east side of the Cascade Range, the Blue Mountains, and the Rocky Mountains of northeast Washington. High-elevation forests in these areas are poorly adapted to increasingly hot, dry conditions. Sensitive species include lodgepole pine, subalpine fir, spruce, and mountain hemlock.

Over the last decade, increasing stress has peaked in August and September as greater water deficits and rising temperatures combined to affect forests across the region. This has created conditions potentially lethal to trees in some highly vulnerable areas, according to a report published this week in the journal Remote Sensing of Environment.

In those two months, the region’s extensive Douglas-fir forests saw an increase in response to stressful conditions, from about one percent in August to almost eight percent in September, said David Mildrexler, a doctoral student in the Oregon State University College of Forestry and lead author of the report. Areas of high Douglas-fir vulnerability were largely concentrated in the southern portion of the Oregon Coast Range and western Cascade Range.

For the full story, visit http://oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/archives/2015/dec/water-deficits-and-rising-temperatures-increase-stress-pacific-northwest-forests.


Linn County Plans to Sue State over Forestland Management

The Associated Press reported that Linn County claims the state has mismanaged Oregon Forest Trust Lands and has cost it and others millions of dollars in lost revenue for schools and public safety. The county is threatening to file a class-action lawsuit seeking $1.4 billion.

The county told the governor and state forester that it intended to sue on behalf of 14 other counties over breach of contract. It says Oregon has failed to live up to decades-old contracts that allow counties to receive payments based on annual timber harvests on state-managed lands.


Goldmark Asks For More State Wildfire Funding

Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark heads the Washington state Department of Natural Resources. This January, he made an appeal for more state wildlfire funding in the Seattle Times.

“I’m asking the Legislature now for $24 million to prepare our state for this fire season and beyond. This is roughly twice what Gov. Inslee proposed in his budget.

We need more firefighters. We need them positioned in the most fire-prone areas of the state. We need to provide grants to local fire districts to boost their capabilities. We need to train volunteers, National Guard troops, and local firefighters alongside professional Department of Natural Resource firefighters. We need experienced fire commanders to lead them, using modern radio equipment. We need to thin and maintain our forests, and help homeowners and communities clear vegetation to protect themselves from fire.”