State Forest Lands

Working to conserve and restore DNR forests and other state public lands for all Washingtonians

Latest update: February 2023: Ask WA leaders to save our carbon-dense older forests


We work closely with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, forestry companies and other organizations to promote ecological management and resilience on state forest lands, including State Trust Lands and special places such as the Loomis State ForestBlanchard Mountain and Lake Whatcom.

State Forests provide habitat for fish and wildlife, clean water, outdoor recreation opportunities and more in addition to providing timber harvests. Photo: WDFW

We believe the Washington State Constitution directs the state to manage its granted lands with a balance of benefits to both the public and beneficiaries.

We pursue opportunities to both uphold this principle on the ground and establish it in law and policy. We expect state trust lands to benefit the public’s interest in clean water and biodiversity, including the needs of endangered wildlife species and trust beneficiaries.

Learn more about our lawsuit to ensure Washington’s state forests are managed for all the people, as the state constitution directs.

Or read about the history of “trust lands” and our work on them in this blog from our Executive Director or on this page from Washington Environmental Council

News on State Forest Lands

Marbled Murrelets

We also work on marbled murrelet conservation and recovery, a rare seabird that depends on coastal forests, including those on state and private lands. Murrelets need large areas of coastal and near coastal old-growth forest for nesting. They avoid fragmented and partially developed forest landscapes, and are declining rapidly in Washington and listed as a state Endangered species.

This work for State Forest Lands is also critically important for our Cascades to Olympics connectivity program. 

State forests like this one near the Nooksack River provide habitat for marbled murrelets, fishers, elk, salmon and many other species, as well as opportunities for outdoor recreation. Photo: Chase Gunnell