In 2020, Washington Conservation Action and our partners, Conservation Northwest and Olympic Forest Coalition, filed a legal challenge regarding the constitutional mandate of the Department of Natural Resource (DNR) to manage state trust lands for all the people of Washington. In July of 2021, the State Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision, recognizing that DNR is not required to maximize revenue generation on state trust lands. Instead, DNR has the discretion to manage forests on state trust lands for monetary and non-monetary benefits, balancing obligations to beneficiaries and obligations to the general public. This landmark decision makes clear DNR has a mandate not only to generate revenue from timber harvest, but to manage forests for other benefits for all people of Washington— including carbon sequestration, provisioning clean water and air, habitat for wildlife, and places of significant cultural and social value.