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DNR unveils Forest Health Plan and forest advisory committee

Collaborative effort to improve 1.25 million acres across Eastern Washington launched Oct. 27


November 2, 2017

OLYMPIA – Public Lands Commissioner Hilary S. Franz announced a new plan at an Oct. 27 ceremony near this summer’s Jolly Mountain Fire to treat Washington’s ailing forests and reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires.

The commissioner made her announcement in Cle Elum flanked by legislative, industry, environmental and community leaders. She stressed that implementing the plan will take time — it spans 20 years — and the vision is expansive.

The plan involves a combination of scientific restorative work and prescribed burn treatments (using controlled fire to heal forests in a n...

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