Working forests throughout Washington State are losing vigor and experiencing severe mortality due to drought, overly dense stands, bark beetle epidemics, and wildfire. Washington State University Extension -- working with state and USDA partners, and stretching educational services to neighboring Oregon and Idaho landowners, executed a sequence of classroom-based and "out-in-the-woods" educational experiences that helped 1,500 landowners implement forest health and wildfire hazard mitigation practices across 125,000 acres of their ownerships. The wildfire protection practices are expected to save at least $26,000,000 for firefighting costs. This active management will also save costs related to watershed protection, infrastructure damages, and human health.
NIFA supports this research through the Renewable Resources Extension Act Capacity Grant Program.
Contact: Andrew B. Perleberg, WSU Extension Forester.
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