Recently, we shared with you news that our state government hasn’t yet re-affirmed its commitment to fund adaptive management, a system that private forest landowners and state government have used to ensure that science governs our forest practices.
A fully funded adaptive management program ensures that our forest practices are science-based.
More importantly, adaptive management is an integral accountability piece, to meet the goals of monitoring and validating the effectiveness of salmon and water quality protections. Without the observed scientific data gathered through adaptive management, the state would fall short of its commitment to ensure that forest practices are meeting the goals.
Nevertheless, as we told you, despite a unanimous vote in the state Senate and overwhelming pledged bipartisan support in the state House earlier this year, legislation funding for adaptive management didn’t make it to the Governor’s desk.
Unfortunately, current state agency budget requests are not secured and the Governor has yet to make his own budget requests.
We are following this issue closely and your attention could prove to be the difference-maker as the upcoming legislative session gets underway. We will send you updates as the adaptive management debate unfolds.