Washington State’s forest lands pegged for role in climate-change struggle

Wed, 2007-08-15 09:52Bill Miller
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Washington State’s forest lands pegged for role in climate-change struggle

As climate change brings more severe weather, forest advocates see timberlands as an invaluable buffer against floods and drought. Environmentalists and some lawmakers envision a time when clean watersheds and undeveloped spaces become increasingly valuable public commodities.

But the exploding human population – especially in western Washington – has led to fears that, as foresters continue to sell off huge parcels to developers, the entire timber industry may collapse.

“I tell everybody I'd rather see timberlands than a strip mall, even a clearcut, because at least it can come back,” said state Senator Ken Jacobsen. “We've got plenty of shopping malls, and we are losing 1 percent of the timber base every year.”

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I was surprised recently, after having not been to the Seattle area in a number of years, that new suburban development has reached all the way to snoqualmie falls.

Washington state in general has always been a bit more willing to endeavor in that sort of thing than Oregon traditionally has…hope that OR can hold on to its urban growth boundaries even with all the pressure against it nowadays. Wouldn’t want to see a strip mall at multnomah falls.


California Governor Jerry Brown used the occasion of his fourth inaugural address to propose an ambitious new clean energy target for the state: 50% renewable energy by 2030.

“We are at a crossroads,” Brown said in announcing the proposal, according to Climate Progress. “The challenge is to build for the future, not steal from it, to live within our means and to keep California ever golden and creative.”

Already the leader in installed solar...

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