The goal of our Evergreen Forests efforts is 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.
Learn more about a recent and significant win to strengthen rules that govern logging on 9 million acres of forestland in Washington.
Our forest work has led to some significant wins in the last several years including a reduced amount of logging on sensitive state forest lands like stream sides and steep slopes. In addition, WEC has partnered with groups like Seattle Audubon Society to push for certification of state forest lands under the recognized and reputable label of FSC (Forest Stewardship Council). This was was partially successful in 2007 when the state announced its intent to get more than 100,000 acres FSC-certified.
Without WEC's work, the state would be clear-cutting far more of our forests and FSC-certified lumber would not be coming off our state's public forests.
Keeping Government Accountable
WEC continues to monitor the policies of the Department of Natural Resources -- keeping up pressure to abide by agreements we have reached with them to improve
management on our state's forest lands.
Read more about WEC's historic 2006 settlement with DNR.