The Washington Department of Natural Resources worked with partners in developing our 2020 Forest Action Plan to identify priority landscapes where we will focus investments to increase forest health and resiliency. In these landscapes we will bring the resources of our programs, while exercising our Shared Stewardship Investment Strategy with partners to "do the right work in the right places at the right scale".
The priority landscapes in the Forest Action Plan include those previously established by the 20-Year Forest Health Strategic Plan for eastern Washington, which assessed the landscape for fire risk, restoration need, aquatic function, economic potential, and other resources and values. Landscape evaluations are conducted for all priority areas identified for this strategic plan. These data driven evaluations to understand the current condition of the landscape and it's level of resilience to future disturbances, provide the necessary information to determine which treatments are needed to increase forest health.
The Forest Action Plan also established priority landscapes to focus forest health and resilience in western Washington. Forest stewardship priority landscapes are integrated into these statewide priority landscapes statewide, which are often also referred to as federally recognized Forest Resource Areas.
Priority landscapes are displayed below, and are available as a layer in the Project Map to view alongside forest health treatments. Click on an individual priority landscape to learn more about the need for treatment, forest health projects, and resources for that area.