Washington state to preserve, reseed two million acres of forest by 2040

Against a backdrop of record setting wildfires during the 2021 season and an unprecedented heat bubble in the Pacific Northwest that killed 100 people in June, the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is looking to make a substantial investment in the state’s forests, pledging to preserve or restore 2 million acres of trees by 2040.

The action, titled Keeping Washington Evergreen, is intended to develop and preserve infrastructure that will allow the state to hold onto its forests and tree canopy, rural and urban. That includes funding and strategy to avoid deforestation, nursery development, and a number of technological investments to preserve and reseed the state’s forests.


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