Monday, February 28 – Loss Of Forests

Currently there are more than 12 million acres of state and private working forests in Washington State. However, since the late 1980s, more than 17 percent of non-federal forests in Washington have been converted to other uses, such as home sites and other types of development. How have you and your community been affected by the loss of forests? How would additional losses affect it? In a narrow or broad sense, what jobs or industries are supported by forestry in your community? (Statistic from 2007 Future of Washington’s Forests )