DNR releases management plan for Olympic Experimental State Forest
News Date: 
September 26, 2016
   

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced the release of the Olympic Experimental State Forest (OESF) Forest Land Plan. This plan will guide how DNR manages more than 270,000 acres of forested state trust lands on the western Olympic Peninsula.
 
“Thanks to the extraordinary commitment of many citizens, local landowners, user groups and others who provided their input, we have a plan to launch a new era of management for this forest,” says Kyle Blum, deputy supervisor of state uplands with DNR. “This roadmap for experimentation, research and monitoring will help DNR find new and better ways of reaching its timber harvest goals and ecological objectives within the same forested landscape.”
 
The OESF plan will guide foresters in implementing an experimental management approach called “integrated management.” Under this approach, a working forest is managed simultaneously for timber harvests that provide revenue to trust beneficiaries such as schools and hospitals and for ecological values including habitat for northern spotted owls, marbled murrelets and other native wildlife.
 

About the Olympic Experimental State Forest

Located in western Clallam and Jefferson counties on the Olympic Peninsula, the Olympic Experimental State Forest is a member of the U.S. Forest Service’s National Experimental Forest and Range Network. The 80 sites in the nationwide network are living laboratories that help scientists to better understand natural processes and provide useful information to land managers.
 
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