Dear <<First Name>>,
There’s no doubt about it. Keeping our environment clean and healthy for future generations is a big deal. It’s a value that working forestry has been supporting in collaboration with others in Washington for quite a long time.
Because of that collaboration, forestry has built sustainability and science-driven innovation into our daily routine. We're continually researching and implementing smart, science-based, and continuously improving practices.
In other words, being "green" isn’t simply a feel-good catchphrase in Washington’s forestry industry; it’s a business model for an industry that performs year-round stewardship over the environment in forest lands across the state.
In today's forestry, science is moving us forward every day. We are always advancing on a path created for us by new evidence of how our deliberate actions can improve the world we live in.
We allow science to illuminate the path toward more efficient and sustainable production of renewable timber, and more innovative ways to utilize wood as a carbon-friendly resource in our society.
What we have learned by letting science be our guide is that wood---our most natural resource---is a part of the solution.
For more than fifteen years, working forests have used scientific data to guide efforts to preserve clean streams and habitats for fish.
Private forest landowners have also supported using adaptive management---gathering and analyzing scientific data to set and modify regulations based on actual outcomes---in establishing forest practices.
By letting science light the way, we also know that working forests, because of the cycle of harvest and replanting, do more to clean our atmosphere of carbon dioxide.
The same tree farming process also produces a useful byproduct---snaggy, left-over biomass. Producing energy by using woody biomass is one option we have for creating renewable energy, but it requires a sustainable working forestry industry.
And then there’s the emerging movement driving the use of advanced wood products to build carbon-friendly tall wood buildings, replacing fossil fuel-intensive concrete and steel in our cities.
The commitment extends to the future. To ensure that a future generation cares about and understands the science underlying how forestry benefits our environment, we’ve supported education programs designed to bring STEM students into the outdoors.
All of these efforts are sustainable because they are good for the environment and good for business.We'll keep doing them for those reasons.
-Your Friends in Forestry