Health of Puget Sound, Part 2

November 26, 2013

In the spring of 2010, the Denman Forestry Issues Series was presented by the School of Forest Resources in the new College of the Environment, at the University of Washington. The series featured 10 featured speakers to discuss “Forests and the Health of Puget Sound.”
The second session deals with “Landowners Perspectives and Solutions” and included presentations by Weyerhaeuser’s Chief Environmental Scientist Robert Bilby who explained how private forests are contributing to the health of Puget Sound. Pete Bisson a Research Fish Biologist for the USDA Forest Service examined the U.S. Forest Watershed Stewardship after the Northwest Forest Plan. And Peter Goldmark the Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands provided insight from the state department of Natural Resources perspective.The Denman Forestry Issues series is intended to educate the public about topical issues in forest resources in the Pacific Northwest, as well as provide information to natural resource specialists and students.
More than half of Washington state is forested, so trees are a familiar sight for its residents, particularly in western Washington. Our forests provide lumber and other forest products, clean water for drinking, salmon and wildlife habitat, as well as aesthetic and recreational opportunities. Forests must continue to fulfill these needs for society, but how can we ensure they do so in a way that is sustainable for future generations in the face of population increase, increasing urbanization, declining forest health, global warming and other threats to the forest? The science and practice of forestry is very complicated and multifaceted, and is always changing. The dynamics of land ownership further complicates forest management.Forests and forestry will continue to be important in the future of Washington state, but both must be managed sustainably. Research and education conducted by faculty and students at the University of Washington will help us accomplish this.
Robert Bilby|,Robert Bilby, chief environmental scientist, Weyerhaeuser Company; affiliate professor, School of Forest Resources, University of Washington Pete Bisson|,Pete Bisson, research fish biologist, USDA Forest Service’s Pacific NW Research Station, Olympia; affiliate professor, School of Forest Resources, University of Washington Peter Goldmark|,Peter Goldmark, commissioner, Public Lands, Washington State