Rangeland fire is an increasingly pressing problem due to invasive cheatgrass, which is fueling an increase in the frequency, severity and extent of fires across the west.
In 2020, wildfires burned nearly 800,000 thousand acres of sagelands in Washington alone, putting species like the Greater Sage-grouse at risk of being lost from our state. Audubon and our partners at the Arid Lands Initiative are examining options for rangeland fire protection and landscape rehabilitation. Together, we are working to ensure that policy and coordination efforts address post-fire rehabilitation needs for priority areas.
During the 2021 legislative session, we are in conversation about how we can support two budget provisos: one to fund post-fire recovery in the sagelands and another to restore the least-conflict solar siting that was vetoed by Governor Inslee last year.