Forest Health Tracker
This site is currently in development
Welcome to this interactive online platform being developed to gather and compile forest health project information, including treatments, 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. Forest health treatment tracking increases our situational awareness of forest health activities across land ownerships, assistant in more strategic planning and monitoring of progress through shared stewardship of our 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. The initial development focus of this Forest Health Tracker website will be to assist in tracking our progress towards this mission.
Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) maintains a forest health treatment tracking database for annual reporting. This online platform complements, but does not replace, that data tracking and annual reporting. For example, some forest health treatment data that is not available to be displayed in this online spatial platform due to privacy restrictions and therefore is maintained for by the agency for annual reporting only. While treatment tracking is a helpful indicator in measuring progress to increase the pace and scale of treatments, it alone is not adequate to fully understand progress towards our goals 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 one component of DNR's more comprehensive forest health monitoring framework.