Dear <<First Name>>,
We know it intuitively --- when we work together, we create better, more satisfying solutions.
When we address problems collaboratively we get better results than with heavy, top-down declarations.
That was certainly the case in the late 1990s when tribes, conservation groups and the timber industry came together to imagine a plan for protecting fish habitat and maintaining cool, clean water flowing through forested streams.
The Forests & Fish Law was the end result of that landmark collaboration among a variety of stakeholders to achieve the goals of healthy fish habitat, clean water and an economically sound timber industry.
Today, we face new challenges, but we share the same end goal --- a clean environment for our future. We’re going to keep looking to cooperative science to keep us on target. At every step of this journey, we should also seek collaborative partnerships for reaching our destination together.
One great example of how working together produces positive results is a recent agreement between land conservationists, Washington State Parks, the U.S. Navy, and private forestry that will maintain an important buffer of working forests around Naval Base Kitsap and prevent unwanted development.
The agreement on a conservation easement will keep the buffer the Navy needs, offer recreational access to 215 acres of shoreline and wooded areas, and allow forestry to continue on almost 3,400 acres of working forest.
From the Kitsap Sun: