Hood Canal’s Dabob Bay is recognized as a critical asset to national defense, where the bay’s “quiet” waters make it an ideal location for sensitive acoustical testing. Working forests are a prominent land use around the Canal and are highly compatible with the Navy’s operations. However, population growth throughout Western Washington is putting increased pressure on these forests to convert to residential, commercial, and other more intensive land uses.
The Hood Canal Working Forest Conversion Study provides an analysis of the factors and conditions that are driving working forests to convert, as well as programs and incentives that exist to ensure working forests remain in timber production. Opportunities and strategies that can be employed by the Navy, local governments, and conservation organizations to protect working forests are also presented and evaluated.
GIS was used extensively to map and analyze existing forests, land use patterns, conversion threats, and opportunities.
Regional Planning, Research, GIS