BECAUSE OF YOU, IT HAS BEEN A YEAR OF HUGE PROGRESS FOR PEOPLE AND NATURE IN WASHINGTON AND AROUND THE WORLD
HERE ARE JUST A FEW EXAMPLES OF THE HIGH IMPACT ACHIEVEMENTS THAT YOU HAVE HELPED US ACCOMPLISH THIS YEAr:
A RECORD YEAR OF FIRES IN OUR STATE
Nearly 1 million acres have burned, hundreds of homes have been lost, and, most devastating, three firefighters lost their lives fighting the blazes that blanket North Central Washington.
FOREST MANAGEMENT PLAN
Our goal is to restore the forests of the Central Cascades to be more resilient to fire, disease and a changing climate.
Through extensive community engagement and with nearly 49,000 acres of land in six different geographic regions and 124 miles of designated summer and winter trails, there is ample opportunity for a diverse array of non-motorized and motorized activities.
We are changing the way conservation is financed. We are doing this by restoring forests to health on both sides of the cascades, addressing stormwater runoff and by engaging leaders and creating innovative green solutions to restore the health of Puget Sound for people and nature.
Did you know flooding is becoming more frequent and severe? Increasingly communities, wildlife and livelihoods are threatened by water at the wrong time, in the wrong place, too much water or poor water quality
There are innovative ways to keep communities safe, allow salmon and wildlife to thrive and protect farms and businesses. Floodplains by Design uses science, collaboration and partnership to create and integrate projects that improve flood protection for towns and farms, restore salmon habitats, improve water quality and enhance outdoor recreation.
We've made huge strides this year along the Washington Coast, from protecting the Emerald Edge to the Washington Coast Restoration Initiative and to protecting 32-miles of river corridor on the Olympic Peninsula.
MORE THAN 3,000 ACRES PROTECTED ALONG THE HOH RIVER
FOR THE WA COAST RESTORATION INITIATIVE
EMERALD EDGE PROGRAM
PARTNERING WITH FIRST NATIONS
WA COAST WORKS
SUSTAINABLE SMALL BUSINESS COMPETITION
Climate change is one of the world’s most urgent challenges and an immediate risk to our communities, economies, and to our conservation mission. This year, we endorsed practical, innovative strategies to limit carbon and have made it a goal to create a prosperous, low-carbon future that is cleaner, healthier, and more secure for everyone.
Ensuring clean water means keeping a close eye on what goes into our waterways. Reducing polluted runoff - from farm fields and cities - is one of the best ways to protect clean water.
This year, we began taking a strong approach to this emerging strategy, by using natural solutions to facilitate a robust relationship between our cities and our environment.
1,270 ACTIVE VOLUNTEERS
310 NEW VOLUNTEERS IN 2015
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