Our Current Focus
Forest landowners are doing their part for salmon recovery, but forestry is just one part of the salmon life cycle. All activities in a watershed that affects streams must do their part to protect riparian areas and remove fish passage barriers for fish to thrive.
Sustainable Forestry is a Natural Carbon Solution
The 2021 Legislature took historic action on climate change, passing both a cap & trade program and a low carbon fuels standard. This action makes Washington only one of two states to adopt both policies. Both are complicated bills, but the bottom line is that policies contained in 2019’s forest sector carbon bill is reflected in these enactments that recognizes the essential role Washington state’s forestry industry and working forests play in removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.
Bill to prevent and fight wildfires in Washington approved by Legislature
The brightest of the linings this year was the passage of the Commissioner of Public Lands’ groundbreaking House Bill 1168 focused on wildfire prevention and forest health. The Legislature committed $125 million to implement the bill, which modernizes the state’s fire preparedness and improves the health of forests across the landscape. The bill also reforms some of the operations of the state and solidifies cooperation among state and federal forest managers. Perhaps most significantly for forest landowners, the bill also creates the largest, and most targeted, forest sector workforce development initiative in modern memory.