Washington’s forests are the iconic foundation for our incredible state
Washington’s expansive and productive forests are fundamental to our natural resource economy and rural livelihoods. In addition, our forested watersheds are critical for the clean water and habitat that supports many of our state’s most iconic and endangered species. And last but not least, our forests serve as key recreational destinations that drive our thriving outdoor industry.
Despite these benefits, Washington loses many thousands of acres of working forestland every year to fragmentation, and hundreds of acres of ecologically significant forests are converted to homes and commercial development. In addition, climate change has accelerated the size and frequency of wildfires in the state, placing our rural homeowners and frontline communities at tremendous risk.