Forest Health Tracker
This site is currently in development
Welcome to this interactive online platform that aims to gather and display forest health project information across all-lands in Washington. 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. Knowing the location and details of forest health projects in Washington increases our situational awareness of forest health activities across land ownerships, facilitating greater strategic planning and monitoring of progress through shared stewardship of our natural resources.
The Forest Action Plan integrates the 20-Year Forest Health Strategic Plan: Eastern Washington, which 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 the people of Washington state. Tracking our progress towards the treatment objectives of this plan is the initial focus for development of this website, and therefore in the short-term you'll see a greater emphasis on forest health project information in eastern Washington.
Not all forest health project information can be displayed on this website, such as data associated with privacy restrictions. So in addition to this website, Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) maintains a comprehensive forest health treatment tracking database that is utilized for routine progress reporting on forest health strategic plan goals.
Treatment tracking is a helpful indicator in measuring progress to increase the pace and scale of treatments, but it alone is not adequate to fully understand progress to move forests across eastern Washington into a healthy and resilient state. Additional monitoring is neccessary to assess how treatments and other disturbances are changing forest conditions and risks to shared values, and therefore treatment tracking is just one component of our state's comprehensive forest health monitoring framework.