Jessica Randall is a Washington State artist who often portrays artwork with a social or environmental theme. This piece is called "Water Flows Down", and describes, in 3-D, the rugged landscape of the Salish Sea region, carved out by rivers and streams, which sustains an ecosystem that is unique, precious and vulnerable in its biodiversity.
Our Forests are our most valuable asset in the United States for Climate Change. They are better at sequestering carbon than anything else we have. Our Forests have become a National Treasure.
Our Forests are home to so many species of plants, wildlife, insects, fungi, and more. They cool our hot summers and provide shade to streams and lakesides. Our Forests soak up extra rainfall in the winter and they give us fresh water throughout the year.
We clearcut Our Forests and spray herbicides on the soil, which destroys all life. We contaminate the water, which flows into the rivers, lakes, canals and bays, injuring the shellfish and salmon and other creatures. When you drive by a clearcut forest, this is what you are seeing.
We are killing ourselves by killing Our Forests.
It’s not just about the money anymore, it’s about Life.
SAVE the TREES
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Jessica Randall of the ECC-PNW spoke on behalf of the forest for the WA Climate Assembly. Her presentation is in Learning Session 3. Her presentation is called "Actions to Promote Forest Health and Resilience". It starts at ~1:01:42 in the video.
Together with other educators representing various aspects of the environment, these presentations were reviewed by 80 Washingtonians, and resulted in the following legislative proposals:
NS2: IMPROVE FOREST MANAGEMENT BY REFORESTING AND CONSERVING NATURAL LANDS Considering the Assembly’s aim to reduce the area of Washington State affected by wildfires and mitigate associated carbon emissions, we recommend the following:
• NS2.1: Conserve and restore natural lands for the purposes of achieving sustainable forests. 96%, 2.42
• NS2.2: Use variable density thinning that removes far less tree volume, controlled burns, and physical forest vegetation practices. 95%, 2.12
• NS2.3: Set conservation values in forestry higher to encourage rebuilding carbon stockpiles as more valuable than marketing trees as resources. 94%, 2.06
• NS2.4: Reforest affected logging areas with appropriate renewable alternatives. 91%, 2.22
For the final report, please see:
(or click on the second link above).