The Forest Service’s decadal Forest Inventory and Analysis [FIA] report for Washington State is out – and boy does it ever make for interesting reading! The report, published by FIA research scientists at the Pacific Northwest Research Station in Portland, is must reading for anyone looking for the latest information about forest conditions in the Evergreen State. Among its six-second sound bites:
- There are 22.5 million acres of forest in Washington 44.5 million acre landscape
- Washington’s forests hold 9.4 billion live trees totaling 94.3 billion cubic feet
- The net change in volume on all public and private forest ownerships in western Washington is positive, meaning growth exceeds the sum of harvest and mortality
- The net change in volume is negative on national forests in eastern Washington, especially in Wilderness areas. This comes as no surprise given the epidemic of insects and diseases that are fueling central and eastern Washington’s wildfire pandemic.
You can download the PDF file from this impressive report at: https:///www.fs.fed.us/pubs/pnw_gtr976.pdf