Washington's forests are treasured by all who live and work here.
Yet intensive use and climate change are putting their health at risk—diminishing critical wildlife habitats, weakening local economies and threatening our access to world-class recreation. By employing the latest science and partnering with local tribes and communities, we are restoring millions of forest acres on both sides of the Cascades making them more resilient to fire, disease and climate change.
The Pacific Ocean and its iconic shorelines feed our families and nourish our souls.
But unsustainable fishing, intensive industrial use and the lack of cohesive policy threaten the ocean and marine life we depend on. We’re promoting healthy oceans and coasts, pioneering sustainable fishing practices and safeguarding river corridors on the Olympic Peninsula to help ensure the future of Washington’s vibrant coastal communities.
Clean water is vital to people and nature.
However, poor water quality, more frequent flooding and a fragmented water management system are straining the resilience of our freshwater systems. Our pioneering Floodplains by Design approach helps wildlife thrive, while improving flood protection for towns and farms, restoring salmon habitats, improving water quality, and expanding the opportunities for outdoor recreation.
Our state is becoming increasingly urban.
In fact, 79 percent of our 2015 population growth occurred in cities. That puts more pressure on our resources, straining the balance between cities and the nature that surrounds them. We’re collaborating with conservation, social justice groups, and youth and urban leaders to develop resilient cities with green infrastructure and natural solutions to storm water runoff that pollutes Puget Sound.
Climate change affects us all.
River flows are peaking earlier,summer stream levels are dropping, wildfires are increasing and sea levels are rising. We are investing in forests, wetlands and agricultural practices to capture and store carbon on a large scale. We’re building support for limits on carbon and working with governments, tribes and businesses to develop science-led ways to protect people and nature with natural systems to create climate resilience.