Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz Announces 2,000 Acres of Forests Designated for Conservation

Washington Department of Natural Resources
December 18, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz on Monday released the locations of 2,000 acres of structurally complex state forestland proposed to be set aside for conservation as funded by the Climate Commitment Act. The land will join the more than 900,000 acres of forestland that the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) already manages for conservation in western Washington. The parcels are spread across five counties – Clallam, Jefferson, King, Snohomish, and Whatcom. The Department of Natural Resources worked with the counties to identify parcels that are most valuable to protecting fish and wildlife habitat and natural and cultural values. These parcels are adjacent to existing conserved high-value habitat areas, improving fish and wildlife habitat connectivity and avoiding isolated small fragments of fish and wildlife conservation. In addition to these 2,000 acres, DNR will be closing on the purchase of more than 9,000 acres of working forests in Wahkiakum County.

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