More than 2.8 million acres of eastern Washington forests are in need of restoration. Detailed here are boundaries of forest collaboratives the Conservancy works with to bolster forest resilience. © Erica Simek/TNC
Two photos taken in 1930 and 2011 at Lookout Mountain in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest illustrate how suppression of natural fire, which began in the 19th century, has altered the landscape. © John Marshall - Courtesy of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and Wenatchee Forest Sciences Laboratory repeat photography project.
Workers remove dense understory trees at Oak Creek Wildlife Area to allow room for taller trees to grow; this practice also reduces the risk of devastating megafires. © John Marshall
Fire scar: This tree sample shows how fire used to be an integral part of eastern Washington forests: Each dark mark represents a major fire, while the wide, light portion shows the long period of suppression of natural fire. © M. Reese Lolley /TNC
The Table Mountain Fire near Cle Elum was started by lightning in the fall of 2012 and burned 42,000 acres. © U.S. Forest Service
Conservancy scientist Matt Dahlgreen manages "on the ground" restoration projects in the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Oak Creek Wildlife Area. © John Marshall
Forest restoration projects across eastern Washington, such as at Oak Creek, provide jobs for locals and also promote sustainable forest-related businesses. © John Marshall
Ponderosa pine trees, a hallmark of eastern Washington forests, stand majestically on a ridge. We can work with nature, not against nature, to make our forests and communities of eastern Washington healthy and resilient again. © Charles Gurche