Environment
Forests

Protect and restore forests


Issue Team Chair: Sherri Dysart, sdysart@lwvwa.org 
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Bill Tracking

Weekly Reports


Bill Descriptions


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Overview

The League of Women Voters of Washington finds that all benefits of the forests—ecological, human and economic—are inextricably interconnected. Healthy forests are essential to habitat for a diversity of plant and animal life, to the hydrologic cycle, and to carbon storage to mitigate global warming. In addition, healthy forests are essential to a forest products industry with the jobs and goods they provide, and to the economic and aesthetic values of their recreational opportunities.

The League supports laws and policies to insure that forest management (for timber extraction, recreation or any other activity) are carried out in a manner that will sustain healthy forests, streams and habitats.

In addition to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, we must draw down the dangerous levels of CO2 in the atmosphere. The most efficient and effective way to accomplish this goal is to preserve and protect our mature and old-growth forests on public lands (state and federal).

Bill Tracking

League priority bills are in bold below.

Senate Bills Senate House After Passage
Bill # Bill Name (Brief Title) League Position Take Action In Committee On Floor Calendar Passed  In Committee On Floor Calendar Passed  Passed Legislature On Governor's Desk Signed
SB 5030

Changing the expiration date for the sales and use tax exemption of hog fuel

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SB 5039 Mitigating the risk of wildfires Supports










SB 5266 Protection & restoration of riparian areas Supports










SB 5372 Authorizing the department of natural resources to create and manage a trust land transfer program Supports









SB 5390

Establishing a programmatic safe harbor agreement on forestlands

Supports










House Bills House Senate After Passage
Bill # Bill Name (Brief Title) League Position Take Action In Committee On Floor Calendar Passed  In Committee On Floor Calendar Passed  Passed Legislature On Governor's Desk Signed
HB 1018
Changing the expiration date for the sales and use tax exemption of hog fuel
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HB 1032

Mitigating the risk of wildfires Supports










HB 1078

Urban forest management Watch










HB 1215

Protection & restoration of riparian areas Supports
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HB 1460

DNR –Trust Land Transfer

Supports











Weekly Reports

These weekly updates will provide you with a "deep dive" into the progress of each bill, along with more analysis of the potential impact of the bill if it should pass. 


Bill Descriptions

HB 1018 Changing the expiration date for the sales and use tax exemption of hog fuel to comply with the 2045 deadline for fossil fuel-free electrical generation in Washington state and to protect jobs with health care and retirement benefits in economically distressed communities.

HB 1032 Mitigating the risk of wildfires through electric utility planning and identification of best management practices appropriate to each electric utility's circumstances.

HB 1078 Concerning urban forest management ordinances. Requires any city or town that has or that enacts an urban forestry management ordinance to allow for any tree protection or management obligations imposed by the ordinance to be satisfied by the use of a tree bank

 HB 1215 Concerning the protection and restoration of riparian areas.  Restore and protect riparian areas, enlisting the stewards of those watersheds through a voluntary riparian grant program for landowners while developing options for compensatory, mitigation, and regulatory measures to achieve progress on riparian protection in support of salmon recovery.

HB 1460 Concerning the department of natural resources land transactions, revenue distributions, and creation and management of a trust land transfer program.  Revitalizing the Trust Land Transfer program.

SB 5030 Changing the expiration date for the sales and use tax exemption of hog fuel to comply with the 2045 deadline for fossil fuel-free electrical generation in Washington state and to protect jobs with health care and retirement benefits in economically distressed communities.

SB 5039 Mitigating the risk of wildfires through electric utility planning and identification of best management practices appropriate to each electric utility's circumstances.

SB 5266 Concerning the protection and restoration of riparian areas. Restore and protect riparian areas, enlisting the stewards of those watersheds through a voluntary riparian grant program for landowners while developing options for compensatory, mitigation, and regulatory measures to achieve progress on riparian protection in support of salmon recovery.

SB 5372 Concerning the department of natural resources land transactions, revenue distributions, and creation and management of a trust land transfer program.  Revitalizing the Trust Land Transfer program.

SB 5390 Establishing a programmatic safe harbor agreement on forestlands. Recruit, enhance, or maintain habitat for spotted owls on any nonfederal forestlands via a voluntary, incentive-based program.


How To Be Involved

  • Local Leagues in Washington have action chairs who coordinate action teams. Some local Leagues have environmental teams to take action locally. Contact your local League action chair to find out and join.
  • You may also express your opinion on legislation with the LWVWA issue chairs. We will take your perspectives under considerations as we determine our support for legislation and prepare testimony. Sherri Dysart, Forests Issue Chair, sdysart@lwvwa.org.

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