Half of our state is forested, and most of this land is managed by the federal government. This includes national parks, designated wilderness areas and U.S. Forest Service lands.
- Over the last five years, the federal Legacy Roads program has provided $20 million to improve 1,609 miles of roads and fix 37 fish passage barriers.
- There is more work to be done: The US Forest Service estimates $250-$300 million will be needed for road improvements and fish passages in Washington State alone.
- There are about 22,000 miles of Forest Service roads, once paid for by forest management activities. These deteriorating roads cause environmental damage. A lack of public funds makes it difficult to properly improve and maintain these roads.