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The are big stakes in the open race to choose our next top manager of public trust lands. 

Working Forests Action Network

We’re going to have a very important choice to make this year.

No, we don’t mean the contest grabbing all of the headlines --- we're talking about the election of our state’s next public lands commissioner.  The stakes in the open race to choose the next person to run the Department of Natural Resources are not minor. 

Washingtonians will choose whether we keep moving on a good path of responsible, science-driven policy, or veer in a very different direction. 

From supporting the role of sustainably grown wood in how we build low carbon footprint housing in the 21st century … to working forestry’s critical efforts to maintain cool, clean streams for fish habitat … to active forest management practices that can promote overall forest health and decrease the risk of catastrophic wildfire … we can make a choice to continue making progress and moving forward.

As you’re gathering facts to make your own informed decision, we recommend reading a thoughtful and well-written Seattle Times editorial, not about who you should vote for, but what factors to consider when making your choice.  A snippet:

An unsung success of Washington state government is its careful management of trust lands across the state.

For more than a century, state forests, farmland and waters have quietly and consistently generated billions of dollars to fund schools and other essential services.

Managing these lands — while protecting the environment and regulating logging — is the primary responsibility of the state Department of Natural Resources’ boss, the commissioner of public lands. …

There’s always need for improvement and change. But lands commissioner is not a job for an extremist hoping to clear-cut hard-fought policy agreements, including forest-protection rules that are among the strictest in the nation. …

Trust lands include working forests, agricultural lands and aquatic lands.

Think of these forests as large-scale farms — portions are periodically harvested while the rest grows and replenishes. Carefully managed, they will produce forever. They are truly renewable resources. …
You can read the entire article on the Seattle Times website.

-Your Friends in Working Forestry
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