Results of our recent wildfire policy quick poll

Recently, we asked people to give us their opinions about how well state and federal officials are doing at addressing the threat of catastrophic wildfire. Well, the results of our non-scientific poll are in and they show a mixed bag of feelings. Almost 2/3 of respondents lack confidence that Washington… Read the full article …

Prospect of federal wildfire reform isn’t over yet

by Ashley Bach The last-minute failure of Congress to pass timber reform and wildfire reform last month was well documented. Instead of passing legislation that would have increased the management of our federal forests and changed the way our country pays to fight wildfires, Congress passed a stop-gap increase of… Read the full article …

Public Lands Commissioner Goldmark calls for increase in state firefighting budget

Although civic and business leaders are working to identify ways to improve the health of forests in Washington and reduce risks of catastrophic wildfire, there’s also an understanding that fires will always happen. The extent of the destruction when fire breaks out depends a lot on the availability of trained… Read the full article …

Washington’s federal delegation brainstorms on forest policy

by Ashley Bach It’s encouraging to see Washington State political leaders gather together to figure out ways to improve forest policy. This week three members of the state’s federal delegation got together in two separate gatherings. In the first, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell (Democrat) and U.S. Rep Cathy McMorris Rodgers… Read the full article …

Rural communities rise up for active forest management

by Ashley Bach As state, local and federal leaders continue to take stock after this year’s horrendous wildfire season, the calls for more active management of our state and federal forests are getting louder and louder. The Ellensburg (Wash.) Daily Record recently published testimony in front of a U.S. Senate… Read the full article …

Scientific panel endorses prescribed burns, active management to break catastrophic fire cycle

The worst of Washington’s wildfire season seems to be over, although stubborn blazes still burn in parts of the state. With the memory of two consecutive years of record-breaking catastrophic fires still fresh, researchers are not hesitating to offer scientific insights on changes to forest policy that could help us… Read the full article …

Wildfires place focus on prevention measures

by Ashley Bach As Washington faces one of its worst wildfire seasons ever, including the largest fire in state history, attention is turning back to the wildfire budget requests made earlier this year by Washington Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark. Goldmark asked the Legislature for $20 million for forest thinning… Read the full article …

Cattlemen ask White House to lead on reform of federal forests

Large portions of the West have been hit hard by a wildfire season of record-setting destructive power. The damage caused by the fires to homes, businesses and the environment is bringing more people to demand action to improve the health of federal forests that are believed to be a common… Read the full article …