Forest restoration accomplishments
A page dedicated to reporting highlights of accomplishments from our national forest program to conserve and restore habitat.
Results on the ground
The real measure of success in our Forests & community work is in acres restored, miles decommissioned, places protected, and partnerships established. Our work has covered hundreds of thousands of acres in Washington's forests, and below are some of our recent highlights.
- We built, installed, and are maintaining mountain blue bird boxes in the Windy Gap area within the Green River watershed, in coordination with the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. These boxes are being placed in old clearcuts to help replace lost snags for nesting habitat. We're monitoring wildlife and adding more boxes yearly. Initial funding was provided by KPLU supporters.
- Bringing $968,000 to the Colville National Forest in federal funds for restoration work through our work in the NE Washington Forestry Coalition.
- Repeal of the South End OHV decision on the Colville National Forest following an appeal we filed with two other groups.
- Reviewed and provided commented on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest's historic Forest Restoration Strategy that directs all land management actions on this 4 million acres of national forest land to be conducted in an ecological restoration framework. The strategy protects old and large trees, while delivering projects in acres treated rather than board feet. This living plan goes through an annual revision internally and with external partners to ensure lessons learned through implementation and the latest science are incorporated.
- Brought private dollars to close 8.5 miles of unnecessary roads in the I-90 corridor of the Cle Elum Ranger District that were negatively impacting wildlife habitat and watershed health. This work leverages additional private and public dollars, while makes a tangible difference on the ground.
- Collaborated on restoration projects impacting hundreds of thousands of acres in the east Cascades in the past year. Highlights include a consensus of support for fuels reduction treatments in the Chumstick watershed in Leavenworth, while complimentary treatments on private land adjacent to the national forests is underway. Improving the final project plan for dry forest restoration in the Buck Fuels Reduction Project in the Chewuch watershed by ensuring 8 miles of unnecessary roads were closed before thinning operations began to mitigate disturbances to this high priority watershed, then bringing private funds to the district that leveraged additional agency dollars to ensure the roads are closed in a timely manner (We are providing $9000 of funds to the Methow Ranger District to close and restore 2.49 miles of road along Cedar Creek in the Chewuch watershed in summer 2012). Collaborating with the Cle Elum Ranger District through the Upper Yakima Watershed Action Group on a stewardship restoration project covering 60,000 acres in the I-90 corridor that will restore hundreds of miles of roads, treat invasive plants, thin old plantations, improve recreation management, and restore floodplains. This project went through public scoping and is awaiting a final analysis and decision later this year.
We also track some of our highlights annually to inform our work as we plan for the next year, take a look at our accomplishments for restoration in 2007 and in 2008. Accomplishments by specific geographies or project area are also tracked by our collaboratives.
Our Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project is contributing information about species presence across our national forests that helps to inform management as well.