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.
- 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.
- 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.