Active Management Sustains the Health and Productivity of Working Forests in Washington State

Working forests throughout Washington State are losing vigor and experiencing severe mortality due to drought, overly dense stands, bark beetle epidemics, and wildfire. Washington State University Extension -- working with state and USDA partners, and stretching educational services to neighboring Oregon and Idaho landowners, executed a sequence of classroom-based and "out-in-the-woods" educational experiences that helped 1,500 landowners implement forest health and wildfire hazard mitigation practices across 125,000 acres of their ownerships.