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Tue Dec 1, 2020, 07:45 AM

Washington releases new forest plan

Washington state has released a new 10-year update to to its forest plan, which charts ways it will manage forestland over the next decade.

The plan was released by the state Department of Natural Resources, and updates their 2010 plan. Forests in the state are threatened by a number of factors including disease, pests, drought, development and climate change.

For example, between 2015 and 2019, the number of acres affected by insects and disease nearly doubled, likely as a result of severe drought. Last year, there were at least 658,000 acres of forestland with tree mortality, defoliation or fungal disease, with the majority likely stemming from bark beetle damage.

This insect disease is likely due, in part, to the drought experienced that year. It was the ninth driest year on record, and the driest in the since 1985, according to the forest plan.

Read more: https://www.seattleweekly.com/news/washington-releases-new-forest-plan/

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