OSPI Superintendent Reykdahl Wants To Reimagine Board Of Natural Resources
Washington State’s superintendent Chris Reykdahl wants people to stop using the argument that schools need revenue from timber to justify the sales.
“Step one for me, is to extract schools out of this question, stop letting people use school construction as the excuse to harvest,” Reykdahl told NWPB.
He wants to take the fractional share of funding schools receive from timber sales out of the discussion of how much timber should be harvested.
Beneficiaries of timber sales constitute much of the Board of Natural Resources, who approve timber sales, and Reykdahl says this is wrong for where we’re at today, including his own seat. He would like to see a reimagining of who sits on the board.
“At some point, it should be about managing our forests for the best outcomes, it should not just be about the beneficiaries making decisions on how to keep the flow of revenue coming to their institutions when it’s becoming a smaller and smaller share of their institutions,” Reykdahl says.
Reykdahl says the legislature should take action to ask the board, or a third party, about its governance. He doesn’t feel the board is poised to make these decisions on its own.
In the last of our series, The Fight for Legacy Forests, NWPB’s Lauren Gallup reports on reactions to the carbon project on state lands, which will protect some older forests from harvest. Continue Reading The Fight For Legacy Forests, Part Eight: What Next? A Look At The DNR’s New Carbon Project
Washington is the second largest producer of timber in the United States, according to the state department of commerce, and it is the third largest manufacturing industry in the state. In the seventh story of the Fight for Legacy Forests series, NWPB’s Lauren Gallup visits a timber mill in Centralia to find out what people working in the timber industry think of harvesting changes in Washington. Continue Reading The Fight For Legacy Forests, Part Seven: Where Timber Goes, And The People Behind The Industry
The Fight For Legacy Forests Part Six: What Some Beneficiaries Think About The Fight To End Harvests Of Older Trees
This week in the sixth story of “The Fight for Legacy Forests” series, Lauren Gallups reports on how some communities are worried about losing money from timber harvests, which pay for services they need. Continue Reading The Fight For Legacy Forests Part Six: What Some Beneficiaries Think About The Fight To End Harvests Of Older Trees