Forest health

Environment
9:21 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Seattle makes list of best U.S. cities for urban forests

Seattle's integration and management of trees in its cityscape puts it in the top ten cities for urban forests
Courtesy American Forests

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. 

The Washington, DC non-profit American Forests based the list on surveys of urban forestry programs in the nation’s fifty most populous cities.

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NW Forest health
10:59 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Scientists look for ways to restore Northwest's sick forests

Scorched earth and trees from the Taylor Bridge fire not far from Liberty, Wash. Photo by Anna King

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 8:06 am

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.

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Alternative energy
5:06 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Funding for an untapped renewable resource: woody biomass on public lands

You could call it power that’s growing on trees, but doesn’t get put to good use.

The US Forest service recently announced $4-million in grants to support projects that convert wood to energy. It's part of a program that's meant to support small businesses that create jobs while encouraging alternatives to fossil fuels.

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Environment
10:52 am
Mon July 2, 2012

First forest health hazard warning expected for Washington

Bug-infested forests are a growing concern in Washington state. Photo credit: Washington DNR

Originally published on Mon July 2, 2012 6:36 am

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.

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. Today, it’s estimated nearly 3 million acres of Washington forest are in poor health -– mostly riddled by tree-killing insects.

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