Department Of Natural Resources

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.

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.

An Underused Resource In Washington: Forest Biomass

Mar 13, 2012
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.