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’s work to determine where there have been successes and where more work is needed.

2022 State of Our Forests Report

How has our current Commissioner of Public Lands, Hilary Franz, been doing? View our seventh annual State of our Forests and Public Lands Report to find out.

Check out what the agency has been doing in the face of COVID-19, how the Commissioner is prioritizing wildfire resilience, and why decisions on determining if fish can live in streams are so important.

Previous State of Our Forests and Public Lands Reports:

2021 – 20202019 – 2018 – 2016 – 2015


Program contact

Rachel Baker, Forest Program Director