Forest Health Tracker
This site is currently in development
This interactive online platform is being developed to gather and compile forest health treatment information across all-lands in Washington to increase our shared awareness of what activities are planned on the landscape, and track progress of completed treatments.
We define forest health as the condition of a forest ecosystem reflecting its ability to sustain characteristic structure, function, and processes; resilience to fire, insects and other disturbance mechanisms; adaptability to changing climate and increased drought stress; and capacity to provide ecosystem services to meet landowner objectives and human needs.
More than 22 million acres of Washington - half of the state - is forested, effecting clean air and water, fish and wildlife habitat, and our quality of life. The 2020 Forest Action Plan sets out strategic goals and actions to address the most pressing threats to our state's forest ecosystems at a meaningful scale.
The Forest Action Plan integrates the 20-Year Forest Health Strategic Plan for eastern Washington, which in 2017 established a mission to restore and manage forested landscapes at a pace and scale that reduces the risk of uncharacteristic wildfires and increases the health and resilience of forest and aquatic ecosystems in a changing climate for rural communities and teh people of Washington state. The first goal of the plan is for Washington Department of Natural Resources and our partners to conduct 1.25 million acres of scientifically-sound, landscape-scale, cross-boundary management and restoration treatments in priority landscapes to increase forest and watershed resilience by 2037. The initial focus of this Forest Health Tracker website will be to assist in tracking our progress towards this goal.
This website will be functional by June 2021, stay tuned for updates.