Samantha Krop and Anna Held survey a timber sale in Capitol State Forest near Olympia.
Photo by Randi Luker
PROGRAMS & PROJECTS
We are using a combination of forest inventory datasets, aerial photographs, and pattern recognition tools in GIS to map older forests likely to support biological legacies of the original old growth forests that once populated Western Washington.
Documenting Timber Sales
We post photographs of priority timber sales that we have surveyed here on our website, and on Facebook and Instagram so that the public can see and appreciate their beauty and value.
Field biologists document old growth or late successional forest characteristics of timber sales located in structurally complex forests and describe the habitat potential of the stands that are identified in GIS.
We regularly post updates, informative and educational articles, and links to books, and other information on our Facebook page.
We participate in the SEPA review process by submitting letters to the regional offices, opposing timber sales located in older, naturally recovering second growth forests.
We are working to convince DNR to establish a permanent conservation reserve network that will bring the Department into compliance with the Multi-Species Conservation Strategy of the HCP.
WHERE WE WORK
The heaviest logging on state forestlands is currently occurring in Southwestern Washington, but we are monitoring timber sales throughout Western Washington, and have surveyed and actively opposed timber sales in on the Coyle Peninsula, in the Skagit River watershed, in Capitol State Forest, on Tiger Mountain near Issaquah, and in other areas.