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Forest Action Plan

Conserving, managing, and protecting forests in the Evergreen State

From the Pacific Ocean, across the crest of the Cascade Mountains and into the dry interior, over half of Washington’s total land area is forested. Washington’s Forest Action Plan highlights six major issues confronting our diverse forests: working forestlands and conversion; water quality, quantity and Puget Sound restoration; biodiversity and habitat conservation; forest health restoration; wildfire hazard reduction; and urban/community forests.

The role played by the USDA Forest Service’s State and Private Forestry programs is critical to conserving, protecting, and enhancing these values. Most landscapes are characterized by an intermingling of family forestland, industrial owners, and state and federal land managers, making all-lands strategies essential for success.

Best Management Practices

Washington’s best management practices (BMPs) program is quasi-regulatory. The agency responsible for BMPs policy development is the Washington Department of Natural Resources.

Click here to view the latest recommendations on the state forestry agency website.

Click the following links to view available BMP monitoring data and implementation rates from NASF’s 2015 BMP survey and NASF’s 2019 BMP survey.

Washington Forestry Publications

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