Hilary Franz meets with Ukrainian delegation to discuss wildfire management, forestry

By Mitchell Roland
The Chronicle
April 22, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Hilary Franz

As part of a growing list of international partners, Washington Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz met with a delegation of Ukrainian officials last week to discuss wildfire mitigation and sustainable forestry management. On Thursday, Franz met with a delegation led by State Specialized Forest Enterprise Director General Yurii Bolokhovets, who requested the meeting to strengthen bilateral cooperation in forestry. The cooperation is the latest partnership for the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which includes meetings with officials from British Columbia, Iceland and Finland. …In a news release, DNR noted the risk that Ukraine’s forests face, particularly as the war with Russia continues. According to the Ukrainian State Forest Resources Agency, over the past three years, an estimated 30% of the country’s forests have suffered damage.

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