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Eastern Washington Forest Restoration

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


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