Conservationists ask Court to interpret the plain terms of the State Constitution providing that “all the public lands granted to the state are held in trust for all the people”.
News Category: State Forest Lands
We believe there is a more equitable and sustainable way to generate critical revenue for rural communities while harnessing Washington’s state forests to store more carbon while supporting public and wildlife values.
Historic case asks the State Supreme Court to interpret the plain terms of the Washington State Constitution providing that state forests are held in trust “for all the people.”
Historic case asks the Court to interpret the plain terms of the Washington State Constitution providing that state forests are held in trust “for all the people.”
Contact your lawmakers and ask for their continued support for funding the Trust Land Transfer Program.
WILD NW Action Alert #312: Ask your legislators to continue to fund and empower the Trust Land Transfer Program.
Through the Trust Land Transfer Program, we can protect places that Washingtonians love while providing revenues to the schools trusts. This win-win is worth fighting for today and reinventing as needed tomorrow.
Groups call on DNR to manage public forests for the public good, including diverse economic and environmental values, in accordance with the state constitution.
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.
At the behest of the timber industry, a bill is moving through the Washington State Legislature that could force more logging and even transfer publically-owned state lands to counties or private owners. This is no idle threat as the bill, Senate Bill 6140, has already passed the Senate.