About Forest Health Tracker
The Forest Health Tracker website is a tool to improve the effectiveness and accountability of shared stewardship by compiling forest health project information across all lands in Washington to increase our awareness of what forest health activities are planned on the landscape while tracking progress of completed treatments.
Willing land and resource managers submit data to this site about their proposed, planned, and completed projects that have forest health and resilience as a or one of a project's primary objectives. Information submitted includes spatial location, treatment type, project phase, and lead implementer and partner organizations. The data can be viewed on its own, and within the context of priority landscapes identified in Washington's Forest Action Plan.
The initial emphasis for the site’s development is vegetation management forest health project information in the geographic scope of the 20-Year Forest Health Strategic Plan: Eastern Washington. Over time, it is intended that Forest Health Tracker includes comprehensive forest health and resilience treatment data for all of Washington.
The website also aims to facilitate connection between the forest health funding that flows through DNR to forest health projects, allowing us to transparently show the spatial distribution and leveraging of our investments. To date, initial development has focused on the federal and state funding for forest health projects managed by DNR. The site has the potential to expand to additional funding sources over time.
Forest Health Tracker is built upon a customized instance of the open source ProjectFirma™ platform by Sitka Technology Group, LLC. The base platform has been extended with robust tabular and spatial program performance and project tracking abilities. The development of this site was made possible with 2017-2019 and 2019-2021 capital funds provided by the Washington State Legislature.