News Updates

We value our connection to our neighbors, customers, and the communities where we all live and work. Here is some news we are proud to share:

PB Joins Racial Equity Coalition
Building an equitable future for Washington state

Dec 01, 2020

As part of our commitment to diversity and inclusion across our business and in the communities we operate in, Port Blakely is proud to be a founding member of Washington Employers for Racial Equity (WERE). This growing business coalition launched with a commitment from 55+ companies to build an equitable...

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Tackling the Climate Crisis
Ancinas Joins Forestry, Conservation and Environmental CEOs to Establish Common Ground on the Role of Private Working Forests as a Natural Climate Solution

Nov 12, 2020

SEATTLE, Nov. 12, 2020 – Port Blakely CEO, René Ancinas joined 47 environmental, conservation and forest business leaders today in announcing an agreement of principles on the important role sustainably managed forests and forest products can play in mitigating climate change. “As a family-owned company focused on cultivating a healthy...

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Public Access Update
PB Forests Reopen to the Public

May 13, 2020

Port Blakely’s forests in Washington and Oregon have reopened to public access in alignment with state guidelines. To support the health of our community, anyone accessing Port Blakely’s forests is asked to follow the direction of public health authorities regarding social distancing. We’re excited to welcome our neighbors back to...

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Partnering on Blakely Harbor Cleanup
Port Blakely is in the early stages of working with the Washington State Department of Ecology to investigate and determine a cleanup plan for a former sawmill site on Bainbridge Island.

Mar 06, 2020

Blakely Harbor Park is located on the site of a former sawmill that operated from 1864 until 1923. Over that period, the mill was run by several companies, including the Port Blakely Mill Company. At one point, it was one of the world’s largest sawmills, producing cut lumber and shipping...

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Oregon Timber & Conservation Agreement
Governor Kate Brown Brokers Unprecedented Agreement Between Timber and Environmental Groups

Feb 10, 2020

Port Blakely is proud to be a signatory of the Oregon timber industry and conservation communities’ MOU and we look forward to working together to ensure the long-term sustainability of our working forests and the rural communities and ecosystems they support. Our thanks to Governor Brown for championing a collaborative...

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Our forest stewardship in Oregon
Company proposes enhancing protections on 30,000 acres

Jan 07, 2020

Port Blakely is working to provide enhanced protections for water quality and wildlife habitat on 30,000 acres of our forestland in Clackamas County, OR under a voluntary stewardship agreement being proposed with the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF). Under a stewardship agreement, a landowner agrees to exceed ODF regulatory requirements...

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A meeting with HRH the Prince of Wales
On November 22nd, Port Blakely representatives joined a New Zealand Institute of Forestry round-table meeting with His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales in Christchurch.

Dec 02, 2019

The discussion with a small group of forestry professionals focused on the opportunities and challenges facing the sector. Port Blakely was represented by Phil Taylor, Port Blakely’s Managing Director in New Zealand and Alfred Duval, a regional forester for the company and the 2017 recipient of The Prince of...

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