Architecture students design with wood and win

To encourage, recognize and support the creative and innovative use of wood in architectural design, the Idaho Forest Products Commission sponsors a Design With Wood Competition for students from the University of Idaho School of Art and Architecture and Washington State University‘s Architectural Studies Program.    More than 100 students participated in this year’s event!  U-Idaho’s Brannon Jordan of Minneapolis was the…

A Day with Forester Dan

Ann Hewitt’s 5th grade class was recently treated to lessons in forestry with Dr. Dan Miller (who also happens to be Hewitt’s dad) during a forestry tour in the woods of North Idaho.   Miller knows a thing or two about forestry.  In addition to being a guide on nearly 40 Idaho Forest Products tours…

Wood: A Natural Choice

Affordable housing across the nation and in parts of Idaho is at a crisis level. Half of U.S. renters are living paycheck to paycheck because they’re spending more than 30 percent of their incomes on housing.1 Meanwhile, the U.S. Green Building Council says buildings account for 39 percent of all carbon dioxide emissions per year…

Do Trees Need People?

The world’s oldest tree, a 9,550 year old spruce, was recently discovered in Sweden.1 This new-found spindly record holder is old even for a tree… right? Perhaps you are asking: How long does a tree live? While there are a few ancient giants (and dwarfs) who have seen humans move from tribal life to the…