Annual DNR Forest Health Highlights Report

This Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) News Release was originally published on March 31, 2022 and can be viewed here. Overview: Damage caused by extreme temperatures, increased detection of sooty bark disease of maple among key findings of DNR, USFS scientists. The DNR Forest Resilience Division released its annual Forest Health Highlights report following … Continue reading Annual DNR Forest Health Highlights Report

Annual Forest Health Highlights Report Illustrates Challenges Facing Washington Forests

This DNR News Release was originally published on May 6, 2021. Washington’s forests continue to face an array of challenges brought on by an increasingly dry climate and the consequences of past forest management practices, according to the latest Forest Health Highlights report compiled by scientists with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR). … Continue reading Annual Forest Health Highlights Report Illustrates Challenges Facing Washington Forests

Adaptive Management for Climate Change in the Urban Forest

This Tree Link guest feature was written by Jason Battles, Arborist, City of Snoqualmie Parks Department. Climate change is requiring urban foresters to hastily become both dynamic leaders of people and dynamic managers of natural resources, holding the tension between long- lived trees and rapid human-caused climate change that is unparalleled and uncertain in the … Continue reading Adaptive Management for Climate Change in the Urban Forest

King County Seeks Input on 30-Year Forest Plan

In rural and urban communities throughout King County, forests store carbon and provide climate benefits, improve water and air quality, enhance habitat for salmon and other wildlife, reduce polluted stormwater runoff in our communities and waterways, offer recreational opportunities, and provide cool shade for streams and sidewalks. As part of our Strategic Climate Action Plan, … Continue reading King County Seeks Input on 30-Year Forest Plan

New 2018 Forest Health Highlights Report

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources and USDA Forest Service conduct annual aerial surveys to identify, map and monitor the impacts of insect and diseases on forest lands throughout the state. Aerial survey data are verified with ground-based observations and are compared against the results of other forest health research happening throughout the state. Survey results are compiled … Continue reading New 2018 Forest Health Highlights Report

Bigleaf Maple Decline, Results of UW Study

This article is an update to those published by the Tree Link in October 2014, “Bigleaf Maple Dieback in Western Washington?”, and the follow-up articles in September of 2015, ” What’s Going on with Bigleaf Maple?“, and in August 2016, “Bigleaf Maple Decline, Update and Next Steps”. WHAT COULD BE CAUSING THE DECLINE IN BIGLEAF MAPLES … Continue reading Bigleaf Maple Decline, Results of UW Study

Focus on: Drought (Timely Tree Tips)

Drought, or the more generic term water stress, has been a big issue for trees in our area, resulting in tree decline and mortality in forests, natural areas, and yards across the region. Starting in 2012, we have had a series of record-setting summers in terms of heat and days without rain. This is taking … Continue reading Focus on: Drought (Timely Tree Tips)

2017 Forest Health Highlights Report

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources and USDA Forest Service conduct annual aerial surveys to identify, map and monitor the impacts of insect and diseases on forest lands throughout the state. Aerial survey data are verified with ground-based observations and are compared against the results of other forest health research happening throughout the state. Survey results are compiled … Continue reading 2017 Forest Health Highlights Report

Emerging Issues with Western Hemlock and Douglas-fir

As the seasons change and the weather warms, DNR Forest Health staff tend to get more inquiries about tree health issues across the state. Some issues such as root diseases or Douglas-fir bark beetle mortality are relatively common, while others are less common but equally attention-getting. The latter includes red and dead branches, red and … Continue reading Emerging Issues with Western Hemlock and Douglas-fir

Washington’s 2016 Forest Health Highlights

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources and USDA Forest Service conduct annual aerial surveys to identify, map and monitor the impacts of insect and diseases on forest lands throughout the state. Aerial survey data are verified with ground-based observations and are compared against the results of other forest health research happening throughout the state. Survey results are compiled … Continue reading Washington’s 2016 Forest Health Highlights