75 years of sustainability
Today, most of us take for granted the practices that make Washington’s privately owned forests some of the healthiest and sustainable on the planet.
The modern forestry cycle --- grow, harvest as needed and then replant --- is the standard today, but it wasn’t always that way.
This year, America’s tree farms celebrate 75 years of sustainable forestry, a revolution in how forestry is done that began right here in Washington state.
In 1941, the nation’s first tree farm was established in Montesano, Wash., in Grays Harbor County. It was a small step from focusing on cutting to concentrating on growing as the critical factor for success. There were many who doubted that the economics would pan out. Now, after three-quarters of a century, sustainable forestry is standard practice in the world of private forestry.
It become another milestone in our state’s history as a leader of innovation. Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark will mark this special year on January 21 with a special proclamation from the State Capitol Rotunda.
Now, how we sustainably grow and harvest carbon-friendly wood is once again putting forestry in place to be a part of more innovation, in the areas of energy production, aircraft fuels, constructing tall wood buildings with modern materials, and more.
Rising above the accepted standard is our tradition. Today’s (and tomorrow’s) working forests will continue to renew our methods to do big things.
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