Invasive Species Awareness Week: 2/24 -2/28

In conjunction with National Invasive Species Awareness Week, Governor Jay Inslee proclaimed February 24 to February 28, 2020 as Invasive Species Awareness Week to raise awareness and find preventative solutions for invasive species. A multiagency news release sent the week of February 17 will highlight the week and events to a statewide audience. Your organization can … Continue reading Invasive Species Awareness Week: 2/24 -2/28

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

Spruce Aphid Damage in Coastal Washington Forests, Communities

Spruce aphid (Elatobium abietinum) is a non-native insect that was likely introduced from Europe and became established on the west coast sometime in the early 1900s. These tiny, yellow-green aphids are less than 1/16 inch long and feed on sap in conifer needles, primarily those of Sitka spruce and other ornamental species of spruce. Typical … Continue reading Spruce Aphid Damage in Coastal Washington Forests, Communities

How Climate Change and Drought are Changing the Landscape

This article has been reprinted as it originally appeared in DNR's "Ear to the Ground" blog on June 6th, 2019: https://washingtondnr.wordpress.com/2019/06/06/is-my-tree-dying-how-climate-change-and-drought-are-changing-the-landscape/ The problem first gained attention in bigleaf maple trees, which have been dying off since 2011 in some parts of Washington and Oregon. The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the University of … Continue reading How Climate Change and Drought are Changing the Landscape

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

Join the Arbutus ARME!

Article by Marianne Elliot and Michael Yadrick The Arbutus ARME is a new organization of botanical and community-powered people focused on expanding research, conservation, restoration and educational efforts related to Pacific madrone trees. The ARME in Arbutus ARME is a shorthand abbreviation of the Pacific madrone’s Latin name: Arbutus menziesii. Pacific madrone, also known as … Continue reading Join the Arbutus ARME!

Commissioner Franz Proposes Historic $55M Wildfire, Forest Health Budget

This article was adapted from how it originally appeared on October 10, 2018, in DNR's blog, Ear to the Ground with DNR & Commissioner Franz Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz has unveiled the largest budget request of its kind in state history: a $55 million Department of Natural Resources proposal for fighting wildfires and … Continue reading Commissioner Franz Proposes Historic $55M Wildfire, Forest Health Budget