When it comes to finding fresh and local, think beyond the farm fields to Washington’s rich forestlands. Our state’s woodlands provide an abundance of everyday goods such as locally milled lumber and wood products, edible wild mushrooms and berries, floral greens, decorative items, crafting materials and medicinal plants.
Just as we support local farms, you can also support local forests by connecting with producers who use local forest products, and practice sustainable forestry and harvesting. Begin your search here.
If you are a small-acreage farmer seeking to diversify your product mix and become more profitable – or at least more self-reliant – you may want to turn your sights beyond your fields and pastures. Learn more about agroforsestry here.
Forests are an integral part of Washington State’s ecology. More than half of Washington State is forested – that’s 23 million acres in all! Woodlands provide critical ecological services such as water filtration, carbon sequestration, wildlife habitat, and building up soils – so healthy forests help make healthier rivers and oceans, purer drinking water, cleaner air, better climate, stronger wildlife populations, and more resilient regional ecosystems for people to live, work, learn, and play.
You can also be a forest champion by learning more and gaining new skills in environmental stewardship and sustainably using the gifts from the forest. Whether you are a forest landowner or a city dweller looking to get out in the woods, there are plenty of local organizations, classes, clubs, and resources to help you become a smart forest supporter.
Find out more about how you can participate in these environmentally-sound forest activities: