Julia Altemus

Commentary - November 10th, 2013
2:16 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Building with wood connects us to our environment

World demographic statistics report that one person in three, or one billion people, actually live in slum conditions.  One hundred million people across the globe are homeless and over the next 20 years, three billion people, or forty percent of the world’s population, will need a new home.  The scale of the challenge facing society is staggering.

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Commentary - October 14th, 2013
2:16 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Montana’s Forest Products Week

This week marks the third annual Montana “Forest Products Week”.  In 2011, the state legislature set-a-side a week every October, in order to recognize the value of Montana’s forest products industry, their contribution to the management of our forest lands, and to the stability of Montana’s economy. 

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Commentary - September 16th, 2013
10:27 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Two tales of one industry

Two recent opinion articles in a local newspaper highlighted the fact that Montana’s forest products industry continues to suffer from two tales of one industry. 

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Commentary - July 22nd, 2013
9:41 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Forestry and the Farm Bill

As the U.S. House and Senate inched towards a Conference Committee on the farm bill last week, some believe the failure of Congress to pass a farm bill in 2012 (instead passing a nine-month extension), and the current stalemate, illustrates how impotent this policy has become.  Some believed the extension was a gift to the taxpayer, who would have been stuck with paying for potentially exorbitantly expensive insurance, and price support subsidies, while others believed the extension eviscerated a score of important programs.

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Commentary - June 24th, 2013
9:19 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Nothing is quite as loud as the silence of a sawmill not running

Nothing is quite as loud as the silence of a sawmill not running.  Unfortunately, the sound of the closure of 28 sawmills in Montana since 1990, and the loss of over 3,200 direct, good paying, mill manufacturing jobs has been deafening.  These closures and job losses are the direct result of the increase in federal timber harvest litigation during that same time.

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Commentary May 27, 2013
9:22 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Our “last full measure of devotion”

Today is Memorial Day!  For some, this holiday marks the beginning of summer barbecues, blockbuster movie premiers, and retail sales events.  However, for many Americans, it is a day to pause, reflect and honor the many men and women who, as President Lincoln stated in his address to Gettysburg in 1863, “…gave the last full measure of devotion.”  Taking time to acknowledge the sacrifice of service is documented as far back as 1862, when women in Savannah, Georgia decorated the graves of soldiers.  After the Civil War, an annual Decoration Day was created to commemorate the loss of 625,000 U

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