What could Washington State Forest management look like for “All the People”?

What could Washington State Forest management look like for “All the People”?

We believe that DNR forest management should be guided by actions that result in long-term ecological health, mitigate climate change, and support sustainable economic contributions to the state as a whole and to local communities. By Paula Swedeen, Ph.D., Policy Director Conservation Northwest, along with our co-plaintiffs Washington Environmental Council, the Olympic Forest Coalition, and … Continued

Tips for social distancing and the outdoors

Suggestions for preventing the transmission of coronavirus while spending time in nature The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting policies continue to change rapidly, even many months after this blog was first published in March 2020. Please check for local agency, county or state restrictions before heading outdoors. Let’s do our part to keep our communities healthy … Continued

We’re going to court on behalf of state forests

Washington state should manage its public forests to benefit all the people. BY MITCH FRIEDMAN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR We made a promise more than 20 years ago that we’re working to fulfill. Last month we filed a legal complaint in response to a county and timber industry lawsuit. That complaint, Conservation Northwest v. Hilary Franz (in … Continued

Updates from Olympia

Where our legislative priorities and other conservation bills stand as of mid-April. By Chase Gunnell, Communications Director The 2019 session of the Washington State Legislature is scheduled to end on Sunday, April 28. Though extensions and special sessions with budget negotiations dragging on into summer have been common in recent years, it’s still a good … Continued

Finding solutions for murrelets and coastal communities

Wildlife protections and healthy rural communities can coexist. BY DAVE WERNTZ, SCIENCE AND CONSERVATION DIRECTOR, AND PAULA SWEDEEN, POLICY DIRECTOR Marbled murrelets, small, plump fast-flying seabirds that nest in old forests along coastal areas, are declining rapidly. Unlike other seabirds, they raise their young on the wide, mossy branches of old trees, flying up to … Continued