There are many forests in Washington. In fact, Washington is nicknamed the Evergreen State. Some of the types of trees in Washington are Cedar, Pine, Maple, Alder, Douglas Fir, Cascara, and many others.
Many people also heat their homes with wood heat. In fact, there is so much wood being used in America to heat homes that if it were stacked a hundred feet high, it could reach from New York City to San Francisco. That is a lot of firewood.
Forests provide a natural habitat for wildlife in Washington. Forests slow the water flowing down slopes, which reduces the amount of sediment runoff that contaminates rivers and streams. This keeps the water purer and helps give fish a healthier place to live. The forests also provide the earth with healthy topsoil. In the fall when the leaves and pine needles drop to the ground, they disintegrate and leave very healthy topsoil.
If we abuse our natural resources now, we will ruin them, and they will not be here for the people of the future. This means that our children and grandchildren will not have clean pure water to drink and there won't be enough trees for them to use to make things and to keep warm. We have a responsibility to the future. We must protect our forests!
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