GRANITE FALLS, Wash. (AP) — The Forest Service has delayed opening the Gold Basin Campground near Granite Falls while it evaluates the risk of a mudslide like the one that buried dozens of homes at Oso…. …read more
From: AP Washington News
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced the publication of an important new scientific report on root rot diseases in Douglas fir trees by a Study Committee of the Washington State Academy of Sciences. DNR requested the report to better understand and address root rot diseases that threaten Douglas fir, which are a vital economic and ecological resource in Washington.
The commercial harvest of Douglas fir on DNR-managed, state-owned public land in the 2011-2013 biennium accounted for an estimated 800 million board feet of harvested timber and $250 million in non-tax revenue for DNR’s trust beneficiaries, which include public schools and universities.
“We thank the Washington Academy of Sciences and the esteemed scientists working under its auspices for completing this groundbreaking report,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark. “With the leadership of Study Committee Chair Dr. R. James Cook of Washington State University, they have produced an important road map to guide scientific inquiry and the response to tree parasites and disease that threaten the ecological health of Washington’s forests and the economic vitality of the communities that rely upon them.”
The Study Committee’s report, entitled Opportunities for Addressing Laminated Root Rot Caused by Phellinus Sulphurascens in Washington’s Forests, recommends consideration of several approaches to manage laminated root rot. The Committee also stressed the need for further molecular biology research, noting that a robust understanding of the full life cycle of tree-root pathogens and their host interactions can lead to innovative ways to exploit deviations in disease infection and tree mortality.
“The importance of molecular research on tree-root pathogens to our state and region cannot be overstated, and we urge research universities to devote resources and expertise to developing this emerging area of study,” said Dr. Cook. “I look forward to continued work with DNR on this issue, and I am pleased that the agency is under the effective leadership of Commissioner Goldmark, himself a molecular biologist with a keen interest in cutting-edge research.”
A copy of the report is available at the Academy website: http://www.washacad.org/initiatives/files/WSAS_Laminated_Root_Rot_%202013.pdf.
Washington State Academy of Sciences Study Committee
Members of the Study Committee include: R. James Cook, Chair, University of Washington; Robert L. Edmonds, University of Washington; Ned. B. Klopfenstein, USDA Forest Service; Willis Littke, Weyerhaeuser Company; Geral McDonald, USDA Forest Service; Daniel Omdal, DNR; Karen Ripley, DNR; Charles G. “Terry” Shaw, New Zealand and US Forest Services; Rona Sturrock, Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Pacific Forestry Centre; and Paul Zambino, USDA Forest Service.
Commissioner Goldmark would like to thank all of the Study Committee members and their collaborators on behalf of the citizens of Washington.
About the Washington State Academy of Sciences
The Washington State Academy of Sciences provides expert scientific and engineering analysis to inform public policy-making, and works to increase the role and visibility of science in the State of Washington. Learn more at: http://www.washacad.org.
SEATTLE — A rescue aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles, Wash., rescued a 60-year-old male that reportedly suffered a broken ankle while hiking in Olympic National Park near Starbuck Mine, Wash., Sunday afternoon.
A member of the U.S. Forest Service, who was on-scene with the man and rendered first aid, requested Coast Guard assistance through the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center.
The aircrew launched from Port Angeles aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter at about 3:50 p.m., and was able to safely hoist the injured man aboard. The aircrew transported the man back to Air Station Port Angeles, and transferred him in stable condition to waiting emergency medical services at about 5:30 p.m.
EMS transported the man to Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Foes of an Idaho wolf and coyote derby planned for this weekend raised the specter of hundreds of hunters descending on National Forest lands, threatening other users with stray bullets and potentially killing so many animals they disrupt the ecosystem…. …read more
From: AP Washington News
Eberlien adds with the public’s help, the Forest Service can decide which roads to maintain or close.
The goal is to balance public access to the backcountry with environmental protections, and make it all fit the constraints of the Forest Service budget and maintenance backlogs.
Every forest is making its own plan, and the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie managers decided to partner with The Wilderness Society and the Washington Trails Association to get input.
In turn, Kitty Craig, The Wilderness Society’s North Cascades program manager, says the organization has reached out to others – and ended up creating a process that other forests could use.
“We’ve developed this group of about 25 different organizations,” she explains, “from off-road vehicle users to bird-watchers and other recreation users, to come in and help open up their networks, to bring them into this process. And I think that’s certainly a model that can be developed in other places.”
Craig says engaging such a wide audience will also benefit forest managers in the longer term.
The next public meeting is Wednesday evening at Everett Community College.
By: Chris Thomas
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Engineers from Olympic National Forest will conduct bridge inspections this week through September 12. By law, bridge inspections are required every two years to ensure that the bridges within Olympic National Forest are compliant with National Bridge Inspection Standards. These safety checks are expected to cause delays of up to 60 minutes.
An Under Bridge Inspection Truck will be used to complete the inspections. This specialized piece of equipment has a very long arm that extends under the bridge from the bridge deck. The inspection truck blocks access entirely while the inspection is in progress. The following bridges will be inspected: