Forests

Keeping our forests healthy, whole and wild.

The trees that make up our forests are some of the oldest living things on Earth, many of them older than America itself. These forests provide crucial habitat for thousands of species. They provide limitless opportunities for recreation, exploration and wonder. What’s more, our forests absorb and store carbon dioxide, which makes them crucial allies in our race against climate change. Together we can protect our forests from road-building, logging, development and other threats.

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I encourage everyone to care for our environment because every aspect of our lives depends upon it, and we are the ones responsible for its care and preservation. Theresa Gallant, Member, Environment Washington

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Natural Resources Committee to consider strengthening roadless area protections

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Natural Resources Committee to consider strengthening roadless area protections

The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands will hold a hearing on Wednesday to consider the Roadless Area Conservation Act. Introduced in 2021 by Reps. Ruben Gallego of Arizona and Diana DeGette of Colorado, this bill would reinforce the landmark 2001 Roadless Rule, which was enacted under the Clinton administration. Indigenous leaders and conservation advocates expressed support for the Roadless Area Conservation Act because it will establish more permanent protections for critical forests, including the Tongass National Forest in southeast Alaska.

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Earth Day Wins for Washingtonians

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Earth Day Wins for Washingtonians

Between the new executive order that President Biden signed on his Earth Day visit to Seattle, and a momentous decision from a Washington state agency, Washingtonians have a lot to celebrate coming out of Earth Day 2022. Here is a breakdown of the highlights:   

Statement: President Biden orders protection for forests to fight climate change

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Statement: President Biden orders protection for forests to fight climate change

 On Friday, President Joe Biden issued an executive order directing the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Department of the Interior (DOI) to take the first steps toward protecting mature and old-growth trees and forests on America’s public lands. The administration framed the move as a key strategy to store carbon and address climate change.

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