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Working Forests Action Network

Washingtonians, we have some big choices ahead of us.

The future of what happens in working forests in Washington is always an item up for debate, but the facts are clear: Responsibly managed working forests have played a critical role in achieving goals for sustainability and renewability that Washingtonians share. That role should continue, and even increase.

Washington’s privately owned forests are sustainably managed and among the healthiest in the world. 

Our commitment to replanting --- 3 seedlings planted for each tree harvested --- ensures that there is always growth.  Collaboration with tribes, environmental interests and governmental authorities has set a positive path for maintaining cool, clean water and fish passage on thousands of streams running through our lands.  And active forestry practices are enhancing the fire resiliency of millions of acres of private forestland and wildlife habitat.

These things occur simultaneously while we go about the business of growing wood --- our most natural resource --- the building block of so many everyday things.

A lot of good has been done, but there’s still more to do.  Your choices and your voice matter.

Washington state has the 10th highest unemployment rate in the nation, mostly due to lagging job creation in rural areas… where working forests are.1

We may yet create thousands of jobs doing work that only happens when sustainable, responsibly managed forestry is active. 

For every forestry worker on the job in more remote parts of our state, there is more work being done to ensure salmon runs have free passage, more tending to expanses of growing forest that help to keep our air clean, and more wood for modern lumber materials that could eventually replace steel and concrete in many taller buildings in cities. 

Forestry may happen in rural areas, but the positive impacts are felt and needed across the state.

Our working forests are part of the solution to many problems we face and are a key area in which rural areas can begin to catch up with economic recovery happening in other parts of the state.

As you make your choices, we hope this information helps.

-Your Friends in Washington’s Working Forests
 
 
 
1 Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2016 (bls.gov/news.release/laus.htm)
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