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Working Forests Action Network

Dear <<First Name>> -

Thank you.

Every day, but especially today, we're grateful for your continued interest in what’s happening with healthy working forests in Washington state.

By staying informed and sharing the facts about sustainable working forestry you are helping to support responsible solutions for a cleaner environment and an economy that values carbon-friendly wood.

And we also want to acknowledge one brave young man who deserves to receive as many thanks as he’s likely to be giving on this holiday.

Daniel Lyon Jr., 25, was the sole surviving firefighter in a team of four who became caught inside the catastrophic Twisp River fire earlier this year.

Last week, Daniel walked out of Harborview Medical Center after several weeks of receiving intensive care for the burns and injuries he suffered. From the Seattle Times:

On Wednesday, Lyon wore a Methow Valley Ranger District hat, black jacket and gloves over his hands, at times appearing a bit nervous before the cameras and reporters after his ordeal.

“It’s hard for me to believe myself that I’m here today,” he said.

Lyon spent two months in the intensive-care unit of the UW Medicine Burn Center at Harborview and another month in regular care. The surgeries helped heal the third-degree burns that covered nearly 70 percent of Lyon’s body. …

Since he was hurt, Lyon has been flooded with well-wishes, including cards, letters and emails from people across the state and around the world.

His parents, Dan and Barbara Lyon, of Puyallup, who joined him at the news conference, said they were pleased to finally see their son go home.

“He’s taught us that anything is possible,” said Dan Lyon Sr. “With hard work, anything’s possible.”

Daniel and his three courageous brothers in service who didn’t make it --- Richard Wheeler, 31, Andrew Zajac, 26, and Tom Zbyszewski, 20 --- were doing what needed to be done. They placed themselves in harm’s way just as so many others do.

Today, we can consider ourselves richer in spirit by the number of thanks we give. We hope you’ll add forest firefighters lost and living to your list of things for which you’re grateful.

And we hope that wherever you are and whoever you are with, you find appreciation for the all the trials and prizes life offers.

Happy Thanksgiving,
Your Friends in Working Forestry

Visit the new, improved WorkingForestsAction.org

The relationship between forest health and wildfire prevention is only a small part of an important conversation taking place about the role forests play in the world we live in.

Our new website --- workingforestsaction.org --- should be your starting point for information about the positive role modern forestry plays in our lives and the jumping off point when you want to take supportive action.

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