Forest health http://www.kplu.org en Seattle makes list of best U.S. cities for urban forests http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-makes-list-best-us-cities-urban-forests <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seattle is among the nation’s top ten cities for urban forests. This might sound like a no-brainer, but many cities that take pride in their trees did not make the cut.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 17:21:23 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 7731 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle makes list of best U.S. cities for urban forests Scientists look for ways to restore Northwest's sick forests http://www.kplu.org/post/scientists-look-ways-restore-northwests-sick-forests LIBERTY, Wash. – This week fire crews declared the Taylor Bridge fire 100 percent contained. Now that the massive blaze in central Washington is controlled forest scientists say Northwest residents should brace for more large fires like this. Munching insects, parasitic plants and global climate change are part of the problem.<p>I’m up on Blewett Pass with Karen Ripley. We’ve trundled up a non-descript bumpy forest road in her aging sedan. Ripley wears a Washington State Department of Natural Resources polo shirt from her employer. She manages forest health for the department. Fri, 31 Aug 2012 17:59:39 +0000 Anna King 6167 at http://www.kplu.org Scientists look for ways to restore Northwest's sick forests Funding for an untapped renewable resource: woody biomass on public lands http://www.kplu.org/post/funding-untapped-renewable-resource-woody-biomass-public-lands <p>You could call it power that&rsquo;s growing on trees, but doesn&rsquo;t get put to good use.</p><p>The US Forest service recently announced <a href="http://blogs.usda.gov/2012/07/26/forest-service-announces-4-million-for-alternative-energy-projects/#more-41371">$4-million in grants</a> to support projects that convert wood to energy. It&#39;s part of a <a href="http://www.fpl.fs.fed.us/research/units/tmu/tmugrants.shtml">program</a> that&#39;s meant to support small businesses that create jobs while encouraging alternatives to fossil fuels.</p> Tue, 07 Aug 2012 12:06:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 5905 at http://www.kplu.org First forest health hazard warning expected for Washington http://www.kplu.org/post/first-forest-health-hazard-warning-expected-washington OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington’s Lands Commissioner is expected to declare the state’s first ever forest health hazard warning Monday. The formal declaration comes amid growing concern about the potential for a catastrophic fire -– not unlike what we’ve seen in recent days in Colorado.<p>If you look at a map of dead and dying trees across Washington, the hot spots spread from the spine of the Cascade Mountains into northeastern Washington. Mon, 02 Jul 2012 17:52:57 +0000 5469 at http://www.kplu.org First forest health hazard warning expected for Washington