For almost 50 years, WEC has worked to protect Washington’s forests for current and future generations. The goal of the Evergreen Forest Program is to ensure Washington State remains the Evergreen State by protecting state forest land, sustainably managing our private forest land, bringing new incentives and partners to the table, strengthening forestry issues in local communities, and holding our elected officials accountable.

WEC holds an annual Carbon Friendly Forestry Conference, which brings together diverse thinkers – policy makers, academics, conservationists, tribes, forest owners, business leaders, and others – to learn about and discuss innovative strategies and opportunities for sustainable forest management that can create a stronger economy and healthier communities in the face of the climate crisis. Read speakers bios, review their presentation materials, and see photos from the most recent conference here.

Evergreen Forests News and Stories

Conservationists respond to lawsuits by timber industry with suit calling for management of Washington’s state forests to benefit “all the people”

Conservation Northwest, Olympic Forest Coalition, Washington Environmental Council and local individuals filed complaint in King County Superior Court on January 2nd calling on the Department of Natural Resources to manage public forests for the public good.

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Washington Environmental Community sets bold agenda for 2020 Legislative Session

After passing years of backlogged environmental bills in 2019 , room opens to address long standing environmental issues like urgent climate action, orca and salmon recovery, and a growing crisis from plastic pollution

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Washington Board of Natural Resources conservation strategy fails state forests, threatened wildlife, and rural communities

Final plan for marbled murrelet recovery shows lack of leadership..

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Thank your Senator for supporting the Land and Water Conservation Fund!

LWCF supports public lands and local parks in nearly every county in the U.S., and Congress will soon vote on a bill to fully and permanently fund this critical program.

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