For many years, Washington Environmental Council 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 we can use incentives to take management of Washington’s private forests to the next level of environmental benefit. This means storing more carbon, providing better wildlife habitat, and helping to keep our water clean and abundant, all while producing valuable wood products and a significant number of local jobs.
This work focuses on elevating Washington forests’ role as natural climate solutions in the fight against climate change, securing funding for community forest projects and conservation easements, protecting drinking watersheds, and promoting climate-smart wood procurement for building materials.
Max Webster, Evergreen Forests Program Manager