Protecting our Natural Areas, Working Forests and FarmsBack to Priorities
We who spend time in the woods, on the prairies and on the water know climate change is real. Even our green corner of Washington is at growing risk for wildfire as evergreen forests and grasslands suffer heat and drought. The smoke from fires in our region affects everyone’s health. The environmental health of Puget Sound and Hood Canal are critically important for salmon, shellfish, recreation and our own well-being. However, as more carbon is released into the atmosphere and our waterways grow warmer, salmon have trouble reproducing. Ocean acidification means oysters, clams and mussels can’t make strong shells and our local shellfish industry suffers.
We must transition to zero-carbon energy, and we need help to put electric cars, solar panels and other green energy tools within financial reach of working people. While we practice sustainable forestry and conserve working forests and farms, we can also protect the rare older public forests that provide unmatched habitat and ecological benefits.