Trust Land Transfer – Good or Bad…Sure! – Part 2

In part one we covered the basics and overview of the TLT program. In part 2 I am going to address the second question; Why should you care? The answer; quite honestly the primary reason you should care about TLT is that it continues to erode the corpus (body) of the trust assets for near term gain at the potential detriment of future generations.


Trust Land Transfer – Good or Bad…Sure! – Part 1

Trust Land Transfer Program or TLT as most people refer to it, is a Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) managed program which began in the late 1980’s.


As Sawmills Close, so too do the Doors on Rural Communities

I was born in Prineville and grew up in rural eastern Oregon in the 1950’s. Prineville had four active sawmills and several secondary wood manufacturers. Unemployment was low, and jobs were readily available.


Timber, OR: How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love Building With Wood

There is a bucolic nostalgia about wood buildings. Structures built from wood tend to have a rustic, outdoorsy feel; very ski chalet, very grandparent’s cabin. Although the aesthetic and sentimental appeal of wood buildings lingers, it, like most nostalgia-tied imagery, has been antiquated, pushed aside in favor of the new.


Fire Borrowing is Bleeding the Forest Service Dry

The first thing any new session of Congress hopes to accomplish is the designation of the coming year’s federal budget. As well as being one of the most important legislative acts, it is also one of the most contentious.


NEPA and the Antiquities Act: When is Public Input Needed?

On January 1st, 1970, Congress passed into law the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Billed as the “environmental Magna Carta”, NEPA marked the early stages of the country’s environmental policy agenda.