There's something important that many Washingtonians don't know - working forests in Washington helps provide dependable financial support for public education and local counties.
It's a relationship that goes back to statehood, over a hundred years ago and managing it is the responsibility of one elected official - the Washington State Public Lands Commissioner.
This November, we'll choose the next lands commissioner to manage millions of acres of state trust lands, 2.1 million acres of which is forested. These forestlands aren't our federal or state parks - they are lands managed expressly to generate positive revenue, primarily to benefit public K-12 schools. And because forested state trust lands are only 12% of the total forestland across Washington, it's truly a case of doing a lot with a little.
Early this year, the Seattle Times urged voters to consider the ramifications of the lands commissioner race on our system for funding education, writing: