State of Our Forests Report
Since 2015, Washington Conservation Action and Washington Conservation Action Education Fund have published an annual State of our Forests and Public Lands report scoring the Commissioner of Public Lands and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
It is our responsibility to keep the public informed on how well elected officials are protecting the environment and addressing the climate crisis. The Commissioner of Public Lands administers DNR and is the only elected statewide position that works almost exclusively with our natural resources, making it one of the most important positions for Washington’s environment.
Together with WCA Ed Fund, we reviewed the past year of Commissioner Hilary Franz’ and DNR’s work to determine where there have been successes and where more work is needed.
How has our current Commissioner of Public Lands and the Department of Natural Resources done in the last year? View our eighth annual State of our Forests and Public Lands Report to find out.
We do this because we believe accountability is vital. For DNR, as a state agency with unparalleled impact on Washington’s forests–led by a statewide elected official–it is critical that the people of Washington receive credible information about how their interests are represented.
Previous State of Our Forests and Public Lands Reports:
Rachel Baker, Forest Program Director