State and federal agencies promise greater collaboration ahead of wildfire season

Washington residents and forestland owners can anticipate greater collaboration between state and federal agencies on forest health-related issues. USDA Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife Director Kelly Susewind and Regional Forester Glenn Casamassa signed a “Shared Stewardship” Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) this week that… Read more

Washington Farm Forestry annual meeting celebrates 20th anniversary of Forests & Fish Law

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | April 29, 2019 Contact: Cindy Mitchell, 360-791-9372 or Elaine Oneil, 360-388-8033 US Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen and other leaders in natural resources and forestry will speak at the annual Washington Farm Forestry Association meeting May 3-4 in Silverdale. Organizers of the yearly event, which represents… Read more

Stressed trees underscore need for greater land management

Drought, hotter summers, disease and pests are stressing native tree species in Western Washington, according to scientists, King County agencies and conservationists. The Courier-Herald and other Sound Publishing newspapers reported that indigenous trees like Western hemlock and Douglas fir are struggling to thrive in Western Washington, increasing wildfire risks and impacting… Read more

Landowners, agencies and tribes united in saving salmon

Recognizing the power of collaboration with an eye toward a future where salmon recovery efforts throughout Washington state are successful, representatives from state and local governments, privately-owned forestlands, federal agencies and tribal communities convened in Tacoma this week to discuss the important work of restoring salmon populations. The 7th biennial Salmon… Read more

Gov. Gary Locke opens 7th Biennial Salmon Recovery Conference April 8-9

Governor Gary Locke will open the 7th Biennial Salmon Recovery Conference in Tacoma next week, where more than 800 scientists, landowners, organizations, agencies and people committed to restoring salmon populations throughout Washington’s waterways will meet. This year’s conference coincides with the 20th anniversary of the passage of the Salmon Recovery Act in Washington… Read more

Fire Strong Workshops prepare Okanogan, Chelan county residents for wildfire season

We’re just a few days into spring and Washington firefighters have responded to 50 wildfires in the state, with 49 of the fires west of the Cascades. Unseasonably low humidity, record-breaking March temperatures and high winds have created conditions that are normally seen in late August during Western Washington’s traditionally peak… Read more