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Timber Management – Myth vs. Fact

Holland Lake Montana, Bob Marshall Wilderness

Source – Pyramid Mountain Lumber “A rumor can race around the world while the truth is just putting its shoes on.” — Mark Twain       Myth: The early U.S. forest was a carpet of trees that extended from coast to coast. FACT: The pre-Columbian forest of 1600 covered less than half of the present-day […]

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Build with wood to reduce carbon dioxide emissions

Source: Oregon Forests Resources Institute by Timm Locke Director of Forest Products I spent a day at last month’s Oregon Coastal Caucus Economic Summitlistening to a wide range of speakers discussing climate change, its impacts and potential solutions. During the portion of the summit that focused on solutions, Yale University’s Chadwick Dearing Oliver, Pinchot Professor of Forestry and […]

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Wildfire – 2018 Edition

Source: The Forest Blog by Russ Vaagen The 2018 Wildfire season has been one for the ages.  It seems as though wildfires are burning nearly everywhere in the west.  Should we be surprised? After nearly 30 years of nearly no management on our National Forests in the United States, while simultaneously suppressing fires, we now have […]

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Merkley bill directs $1 billion to wildfire fuels reduction

Source: KTVZ WASHINGTON – Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., on Wednesday introduced the Wildfire-Resilient Communities Act, a $1 billion measure to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires, and the smoke and economic losses that they cause. “Across the country, our communities have been threatened by increasingly severe wildfires,” Merkley said in a news release “As we saw this summer […]

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Reckoning with History: Wildfire suppression is a decades old conundrum

Source: High Country News It is summer, so the West is burning — and we know well enough why it’s aflame. A century of suppressing fires on public lands has made many forests more vulnerable to fires, whether caused by natural events or human activities; that risk is now exacerbated by climate change. But the question […]

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Video: Yoda wood flooring remodel

Landed a small remodel job with Yoda. Not sure how we’re going to install yet, but we’ll figure it out.

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Seeley Lake: Forest Service to log 3,494 acres burned by Rice Ridge fire

Source: Missoula Current The U.S. Forest Service will log 3,494 acres burned by the Rice Ridge fire, hoping to salvage some of the commercial timber affected by the 160,000-acre fire. Forest supervisor Tim Garcia said his decision allows the salvage of about 26 million board feet of “fire-affected timber,” as well as the removal of […]

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More aggressive firefighting approach means more fire, smoke

Source: Missoulian The U.S. Forest Service’s “shared stewardship” approach to wildland firefighting will take more resources than the agency currently has, architects of the new strategy say. And the challenge of cleaning up 35 million acres of hazardous forest fuel with little or no commercial value could require Americans to get used to much more […]

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Federal Wildfire Fighting Spend Surges to Record High

Source: Bloomberg Government Wildfire contract spending in FY 2017 topped $1 billion for first time Many regions exceeded 10-year average for burned acreage As the number and severity of wildfires grew nationwide in 2017, federal contract spending on wildfire suppression surged to more than $1 billion. According to the National Interagency Coordination Center’s 2017 Wildland […]

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Meet Gus – World’s Largest Larch Tree

Source: National Geographic Trees grow big in the water-abundant Seeley-Swan valleys, but the granddaddy of them all is a 1,000-year-old western larch, known locally as Gus. A gentle, mile-long nature trail loops through the Girard Grove near the western shore of Seeley Lake. There’s plenty of big trees in this 250-acre grove, averaging perhaps 600 […]

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