State Forest Lands

Court Upholds State’s Authority and Right to Use State Forests for Carbon Credit Program

Conservation groups respond to the ruling   THURSTON COUNTY, WA-Thurston County Superior Court Judge Anne Egeler affirmed that the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has the authority to lease lands for carbon sequestration. Doing so is consistent with the Department’s fiduciary obligations to trust beneficiaries. Conservationist groups welcomed Friday’s ruling. and their responses to … Continued

Public land transfer provisions removed from Senate Bill 6140

We’re relieved to announce that as of Wednesday, February 21, 2018, Washington Engrossed Senate Bill 6140 has been amended by the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. Concerning public land transfer provisions have been removed and a commitment to consider the value of ecosystem services and recreation benefits in a state forest land assessment have been added through Amendment 202, sponsored by Representative Mike Chapman.