Throughout Washington state forest health has been in decline for several decades. At a broad scale, the decline can be attributed to past management practices, including past wildfire management, that has resulted in uncharacteristically overstocked forests and episodic droughts that have increased the competition among trees for available moisture, resulting in increased stress and loss of vigor. Much of the 10 million acres of forestland in eastern Washington faces serious threats to forest health.
In 2017, the Washington State Legislature unanimously passed legislation that provided direction to the Department of Natural Resources related to restoring forest health. read more >>