The NewsHour on PBS last week (Sept. 2) examined how declining forest health, changing climate, past fire management practices, and other factors affect Washington’s forests. Several Okanogan County residents were interviewed. Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark (also an Okanogan resident) describes DNR’s biomass initiative. Read a transcript or view the video, which includes some footage provided by DNR. Another take on the issue comes from Climate Central, a nonprofit organization that focuses on climate change issues. The organization’s own take on the PBS national broadcast was: “Under threat from fires and beetles, the fate of forests in the Evergreen State is an open question.”
Speaking of wildfire, here are updates on the Station Fire in the Angeles National Forest, north of Los Angeles.
DNR has a web page showing fire danger and burning restrictions by county in Washington.