Department Of Natural Resources

Congressional Retirements
6:15 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Changes Are Coming To Northwest Natural Resource Policy

Senator Ron Wyden (L) and Representative Doc Hastings (R) have brought Northwest natural resource issues to the national stage.
Credit Courtney Flatt

The Northwest is in for a shakeup when it comes to natural resources policy. That's because the region is losing two key chairman of congressional committees that set policy on forests, rivers, mining and energy.

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Yellow Jackets
4:21 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Ouch! Yellow Jackets Having A 'Banner Year' In Northwest

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Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 3:28 pm

Still smarting from a wasp sting this summer? Well, you're not alone. It's been a "banner year" for yellow jackets in the Northwest by many accounts.

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Forest Biomass
4:11 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

An Underused Resource In Washington: Forest Biomass

The forest biomass like that in the Wenatchee Mountains is an underused resource in Washington.
Photo credit: Walter Siegmund Wikimedia commons

Renewable energy is growing on trees in Washington, and right now, much of it is going up in smoke.

That’s the word from Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, who has released the results of a study on forest biomass. Goldmark says industry is currently using only about a third of the woody biomass that could be sustainably harvested and then converted into liquid fuel or heat for electricity generation.

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