WSR 11-03-006

AGENDA

FOREST PRACTICES BOARD


[ Filed January 6, 2011, 8:21 a.m. ]


Rule Development Agenda

January - June 2011



The forest practices board's mandate is to adopt rules to protect the state's public resources while maintaining a viable forest products industry. The following rule proposals are under development or are anticipated during this time period. There may be additional rule-making activity not on the agenda as conditions warrant.

1. Notice of Forest Practice to Affected Indian Tribes. The board may consider rule making that will require landowners to meet with tribes when an application involves a cultural resource.

2. Riparian Open Space Program. The board will consider initiating rule making at the February 2011 meeting to implement SSB 5401, 2009 session, which expanded the program to include the acquisition of conservation easements on forest land that contains critical habitat for threatened or endangered species as designated by the board. The legislation also changed the type of channel migration lands eligible for acquisition from "unconfined avulsing channel migration zones" to simply "unconfined channel migration zones."

3. Forest Biomass. The board will consider initiating rule making at the February 2011 meeting to amend WAC 222-16-010 to ensure the public understands that this activity is a forest practice and subject to the resource protection measures required in TITLE 222 WAC and chapter 76.09 RCW.

4. Watershed Analysis. The board will consider initiating rule making at the February 2011 meeting to amend rules relating to the use and review of approved watershed analyses.

5. Road Maintenance and Abandonment Plan. The board may consider rule making to amend WAC 222-24-050 and 222-24-051 to allow landowners to apply for an extension of the road maintenance and abandonment plan (RMAP) deadline for up to five years.

Contact Person: Patricia Anderson, FPB Rules Coordinator, Department of Natural Resources, Forest Practices Division, P.O. Box 47012, Olympia, WA 98504-7012, phone (360) 902-1413, fax (360) 902-1428, e-mail patricia.anderson@dnr.wa.gov.

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