Forest Conservation Program
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Forest Trail. Photo credit: Andy Bauer.
Washington County residents play an important role in forest conservation.
- Fun fact:
Over 50% of Washington County land is forested, either with coniferous forests or oak woodlands.
- Fun fact:
More than one-third of the county’s forestland is privately owned by families and individuals.
Woodlands contribute valuable ecosystem servicesEcosystem Services The benefits that the environment provides for human communities, such as food, filtering air and water, and decomposing waste. to the watershed.
Healthy woodlands provide water quality protection, flood control, air filtration, climate regulation, carbon storage, and biodiversityBiodiversity The variety of species present.. Working forests substantially contribute to Washington County’s local economy.
We understand it can be hard to prioritize conservation actions while working to meet financial needs. We’re here to help guide you when deciding how to manage your wooded properties to ensure both forest goods and ecosystems are maintained.
How we can help:
- Become a steward
We provide recommendations for improving forest health through the creation of forest stewardship plans.Learn About Resilient Forests
- Be prepared
We connect you to resources for wildfire preparedness, forest inheritance planning, and other topics.Learn About Preparing for Wildfire
- Attend a workshop
We provide hands-on workshops to educate foresters on emerging issues and management best practices.Find a Workshop
Financial support for forest conservation:
We also offer financial support for implementing forest conservation projects, such as forest thinning, native species plantings, and pollinator hedgerows.