Washington and California are joining forces to fight climate change, Washington’s Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz and California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird announced at the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco over the weekend.

The two states will come together to promote carbon sequestration and forest preservation.

“Forest health, wildfire, and climate are intrinsically linked. As leaders on these issues, we see a role for our states to learn from each other and develop innovative solutions to our shared challenges,” said Commissioner Franz. “We can and will make our communities, lands and waters more resilient, strengthening our economies and environment in the face of climate change.”

“Our states face many of the same challenges — a changing climate, tree mortality, and forests that lack resiliency,” Laird added. “Exploring how we work better and faster on these issues benefits not only Californians and Washingtonians, but other states and provinces as well.”

The partnership between the two states involves the following principles:

  1. Sharing and exploring fuel management methods, including fire management and practices to help mitigate the negative effects of wildfires and tree mortality
  2. Sharing and exploring innovations in reforestation, including climate-adapted species, planting techniques, and other climate-informed strategies
  3. Sharing and exploring methods of evaluating shifts in forest carbon
  4. Sharing and exploring forest-related science and methods for understanding how forests are being affected by climate change
  5. Sharing and exploring carbon sequestration strategies and low-carbon emitting timber management methods
  6. Sharing and exploring incentives to stop the removal of forestland and to encourage the creation of carbon-rich forests
  7. Sharing and exploring investment opportunities in natural and working lands to promote forest resilience, increase carbon sequestration, and support communities that are dependent on natural resources