Support for maintaining Washington state’s role as a trailblazer for science-driven, sustainable forest practices is growing.
Working Forests Action Network
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It’s been almost two weeks since we sent a well-written Seattle Times editorial that urged Washingtonians to avoid extremism in our choice for the next state commissioner of public lands.  

The Times underscored the role that pragmatic management of trust lands plays in creating positive environmental outcomes and generating much-needed revenue for public schools.

Since the Times published that opinion, the buzz has grown among those who care about maintaining Washington state’s prestigious record supporting science-driven, sustainable forest practices.  The consensus feeling is that we’ve charted a very good path and diverting onto a new course would have unintended and damaging consequences. 

That idea was echoed in a letter to the editor that we’d like to call your attention to.  George Yates, a graduate of the University of Washington Earth Sciences Department and small-forest landowner, reinforces that there is a holistic connection between sustainable working forestry and things we all want like cool, clean water, renewable building materials, and money for schools.

Read an excerpt of what Yates wrote:
As a product of Seattle’s public schools, a graduate of the University of Washington’s Department of Earth Sciences, … I have given much thought to our political and natural ecosystem. …

I am also a small-forest landowner. My company, Norseman Timber, like the state of Washington, is focused on sustainable forestry. The reality is, if our state’s timberlands were no longer actively managed, they would fall into disarray. Our state’s forest-products industry plants some 52 million seedlings annually, supports some 105,000 jobs statewide, generates almost $200 million in taxes each year and our state public forestlands are a major funding source for our public schools.
The choice ahead is clear.  Will we choose to stay on a good path of responsible, science-driven policy, or veer in a very different direction?

As always, we’ll continue to send you clear and factual information to help make these choices easier.

-Your Friends in Working Forestry

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