Activists are pushing to enlarge the extent of unmanaged forestland across the state and in your county – radical new proposals that would negatively alter forestland management in your county and across Washington state.
Doing this would harm critical efforts to fight climate change and prevent catastrophic wildfires.
Managed forests are those where the forest products industry uses practices of sustainably harvesting forest lands for wood products and to keep forests healthy, including replanting at least three trees for every one harvested, thinning of dead and dying trees, and removal of underbrush.
The facts are clear about why support for managed forests is smart policy for the problems we face:
Studies show that managed forests are healthier and less likely to burn than unmanaged forests. Sustainable forest management practices prevent catastrophic wildfires by keeping forests healthy and removing damaged trees and excess underbrush that spread fires.
Science shows that managed forests provide a greater climate benefit than unmanaged forests. In fact, Washington’s forests and wood products offset our state’s carbon footprint by 35%. This can be an important tool in fighting climate change.
Unmanaged forests allow drier conditions, disease and insects to weaken trees, contributing to catastrophic wildfires. These wildfires not only devastate our forests and cause severe air quality problems, they also contribute to climate change by releasing millions of tons of stored carbon into the atmosphere. Actively managing our forests through sustainable harvesting is an important part of fighting climate change.