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Evergreen Forests

For many years, WEC has worked to improve management of Washington's state forests, creating a model of sustainable forestry that protects the environment and benefits all the people of the state.

Now we are working toward a new future for Washington’s forests, one that addresses questions like how can we use incentives to take management of Washington’s private forests to the next level of environmental benefit: storing more carbon, providing better wildlife habitat, and helping to keep our water clean.

We are excited to embark on this next chapter of forestry advocacy.

Current News: 

The Need 

  • Forests on private lands are younger and store less carbon than state and federal lands. 
  • Overharvesting forest in a watershed too quickly causes water quality problems, landslides in the winter, and low flow in the summer.
  • Clear cut, overharvested areas threaten habitat for many wildlife.

Finding Solutions 

  • Allowing forests to grow for longer between cutting cycles and leaving large standing and down dead wood helps us:
    • Regain more natural functions and support more plant and animal species.  
    • Improve water filtration.
    • Increase carbon storage.
    • Produce more harvestable wood on a per acre basis.

How will we do it? Right now, we are: 

  • Working on new, cooperative funding models that can be used to improve forestry and produce other ecosystem benefits.
  • Using pilot projects to explore the feasibility of expanding the new models to more acres of private forestland.
    • Purpose of these pilot projects 
      • Provide clean water, carbon sequestration, and timber products. 
      • Explore how new revenue can improve the management of private forests. 

 

Want to learn more? Click here. 

For more information on WEC's forest work, please contact Lisa Remlinger lisa at wecprotects.org.
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