Welcome to Forest Health Tracker, an 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. This plan, grounded in science, sets a bold goal of restoring 1.25 million acres of forest to healthy conditions, increasing fire resilience and better protecting our communities. The initial emphasis in developing Forest Health Tracker has been placed on tracking our progress towards the treatment objectives of this plan.
Since 2017 when the 20-Year Forest Health Strategic Plan was released, Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has tracked 319,727 acres of completed forest health treatments in eastern Washington as reported by landowners and managers. These total treatment acres have cumulatively affected 222,928 footprint acres of forest 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, 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.
Increasing forest health and resiliency across all-lands in Washington is a highly collaborative effort, requiring coordination amongst individuals and organizations across the state. The evolving data displayed in this website across local, state, federal, tribal, and private land ownership is a reflection of that collaboration and commitment.