CERTIFICATION OF ENROLLMENT
SENATE BILL 5108
2001 Regular Session
Passed by the Senate March 6, 2001
YEAS 46 NAYS 0
President of the Senate
Passed by the House April 11, 2001
YEAS 89 NAYS 0
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Speaker of the House of Representatives
I, Tony M. Cook, Secretary of the Senate of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is SENATE BILL 5108 as passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives on the dates hereon set forth.
Governor of the State of Washington
Secretary of State
State of Washington
SENATE BILL 5108
Passed Legislature ‑ 2001 Regular Session
State of Washington 57th Legislature 2001 Regular Session
By Senators T. Sheldon, Benton, Snyder, Hargrove, Sheahan, Gardner, Rasmussen and Stevens
Read first time 01/12/2001. Referred to Committee on Agriculture & International Trade.
_1 AN ACT Relating to the growing of short-rotation hardwood trees
_2 on agricultural land; and amending RCW 84.33.035, 76.09.020, and
_4 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
_5 Sec. 1. RCW 84.33.035 and 1995 c 165 s 1 are each amended to read
_6 as follows:
_7 Unless the context clearly requires otherwise, the definitions
_8 in this section apply throughout this chapter.
_9 (1) "Agricultural methods" means the cultivation of trees that
10 are grown on land prepared by intensive cultivation and tilling,
11 such as irrigating, plowing, or turning over the soil, and on
12 which all unwanted plant growth is controlled continuously for the
13 exclusive purpose of raising trees such as Christmas trees and
14 short-rotation hardwoods.
15 (2) "Composite property tax rate" for a county means the total
16 amount of property taxes levied upon forest lands by all taxing
17 districts in the county other than the state, divided by the total
18 assessed value of all forest land in the county.
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_1 (3) "Forest land" means forest land which is classified or
_2 designated forest land under this chapter.
_3 (4) "Harvested" means the time when in the ordinary course of
_4 business the quantity of timber by species is first definitely
_5 determined. The amount harvested shall be determined by the
_6 Scribner Decimal C Scale or other prevalent measuring practice
_7 adjusted to arrive at substantially equivalent measurements, as
_8 approved by the department of revenue.
_9 (5) "Harvester" means every person who from the person's own
10 land or from the land of another under a right or license granted
11 by lease or contract, either directly or by contracting with
12 others for the necessary labor or mechanical services, fells,
13 cuts, or takes timber for sale or for commercial or industrial
14 use: PROVIDED, That whenever the United States or any
15 instrumentality thereof, the state, including its departments and
16 institutions and political subdivisions, or any municipal
17 corporation therein so fells, cuts, or takes timber for sale or
18 for commercial or industrial use, the harvester is the first
19 person other than the United States or any instrumentality
20 thereof, the state, including its departments and institutions and
21 political subdivisions, or any municipal corporation therein, who
22 acquires title to or a possessory interest in such timber. The
23 term "harvester" does not include persons performing under
24 contract the necessary labor or mechanical services for a
26 (6) "Short-rotation hardwoods" means hardwood trees, such as
27 but not limited to hybrid cottonwoods, cultivated by agricultural
28 methods in growing cycles shorter than ((
29 (7) "Stumpage value of timber" means the appropriate stumpage
30 value shown on tables prepared by the department of revenue under
31 RCW 84.33.091, provided that for timber harvested from public land
32 and sold under a competitive bidding process, stumpage value shall
33 mean that actual amount paid to the seller in cash or other
34 consideration. Whenever payment for the stumpage includes
35 considerations other than cash, the value shall be the fair market
36 value of the other consideration, provided that if the other
37 consideration is permanent roads, the value of the roads shall be
38 the appraised value as appraised by the seller.
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_1 (8) "Timber" means forest trees, standing or down, on privately
_2 or publicly owned land, and except as provided in RCW 84.33.170
_3 includes Christmas trees and short-rotation hardwoods.
_4 (9) "Timber assessed value" for a county means a value,
_5 calculated by the department of revenue before October 1 of each
_6 year, equal to the total stumpage value of timber harvested from
_7 privately owned land in the county during the most recent four
_8 calendar quarters for which the information is available
_9 multiplied by a ratio. The numerator of the ratio is the rate of
10 tax imposed by the county under RCW 84.33.051 for the year of the
11 calculation. The denominator of the ratio is the composite
12 property tax rate for the county for taxes due in the year of the
13 calculation, expressed as a percentage of assessed value.
14 (10) "Timber assessed value" for a taxing district means the
15 timber assessed value for the county multiplied by a ratio. The
16 numerator of the ratio is the total assessed value of forest land
17 in the taxing district. The denominator is the total assessed
18 value of forest land in the county. As used in this section,
19 "assessed value of forest land" means the assessed value of forest
20 land for taxes due in the year the timber assessed value for the
21 county is calculated.
22 Sec. 2. RCW 76.09.020 and 1999 sp.s. c 4 s 301 are each amended to
23 read as follows:
24 For purposes of this chapter:
25 (1) "Adaptive management" means reliance on scientific methods
26 to test the results of actions taken so that the management and
27 related policy can be changed promptly and appropriately.
28 (2) "Appeals board" means the forest practices appeals board
29 created by RCW 76.09.210.
30 (3) "Aquatic resources" includes water quality, salmon, other
31 species of the vertebrate classes Cephalaspidomorphi and
32 Osteichthyes identified in the forests and fish report, the
33 Columbia torrent salamander (Rhyacotriton kezeri), the Cascade
34 torrent salamander (Rhyacotriton cascadae), the Olympic torrent
35 salamander (Rhyacotriton olympian), the Dunn's salamander
36 (Plethodon dunni), the Van Dyke's salamander (Plethodon vandyke),
37 the tailed frog (Ascaphus truei), and their respective habitats.
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_1 (4) "Commissioner" means the commissioner of public lands.
_2 (5) "Contiguous" means land adjoining or touching by common
_3 corner or otherwise. Land having common ownership divided by a
_4 road or other right of way shall be considered contiguous.
_5 (6) "Conversion to a use other than commercial timber
_6 operation" means a bona fide conversion to an active use which is
_7 incompatible with timber growing and as may be defined by forest
_8 practices rules.
_9 (7) "Department" means the department of natural resources.
10 (8) "Forest land" means all land which is capable of supporting
11 a merchantable stand of timber and is not being actively used for
12 a use which is incompatible with timber growing.
13 (9) "Forest landowner" means any person in actual control of
14 forest land, whether such control is based either on legal or
15 equitable title, or on any other interest entitling the holder to
16 sell or otherwise dispose of any or all of the timber on such land
17 in any manner: PROVIDED, That any lessee or other person in
18 possession of forest land without legal or equitable title to such
19 land shall be excluded from the definition of "forest landowner"
20 unless such lessee or other person has the right to sell or
21 otherwise dispose of any or all of the timber located on such
22 forest land.
23 (10) "Forest practice" means any activity conducted on or
24 directly pertaining to forest land and relating to growing,
25 harvesting, or processing timber, including but not limited to:
26 (a) Road and trail construction;
27 (b) Harvesting, final and intermediate;
28 (c) Precommercial thinning;
29 (d) Reforestation;
30 (e) Fertilization;
31 (f) Prevention and suppression of diseases and insects;
32 (g) Salvage of trees; and
33 (h) Brush control.
34 "Forest practice" shall not include preparatory work such as tree
35 marking, surveying and road flagging, and removal or harvesting of
36 incidental vegetation from forest lands such as berries, ferns,
37 greenery, mistletoe, herbs, mushrooms, and other products which
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_1 cannot normally be expected to result in damage to forest soils,
_2 timber, or public resources.
_3 (11) "Forest practices rules" means any rules adopted pursuant
_4 to RCW 76.09.040.
_5 (12) "Forest trees" does not include hardwood trees cultivated
_6 by agricultural methods in growing cycles shorter than fifteen
_7 years if the trees were planted on land that was not in forest use
_8 immediately before the trees were planted and before the land was
_9 prepared for planting the trees. "Forest trees" includes
10 Christmas trees.
11 (13) "Forests and fish report" means the forests and fish
12 report to the board dated April 29, 1999.
(13))) (14) "Application" means the
14 pursuant to RCW 76.09.050.
(14))) (15) "Operator" means any
person engaging in forest
16 practices except an employee with wages as his or her sole
(15))) (16) "Person" means any
19 private, public, or municipal corporation, county, the department
20 or other state or local governmental entity, or association of
21 individuals of whatever nature.
(16))) (17) "Public resources" means
water, fish and
23 wildlife, and in addition shall mean capital improvements of the
24 state or its political subdivisions.
(17))) (18) "Timber" means forest
trees, standing or down, of
26 a commercial species, including Christmas trees.
(18))) (19) "Timber owner" means any
person having all or any
28 part of the legal interest in timber. Where such timber is
29 subject to a contract of sale, "timber owner" shall mean the
30 contract purchaser.
(19))) (20) "Board" means the forest
practices board created
32 in RCW 76.09.030.
(20))) (21) "Unconfined avulsing channel
34 means the area within which the active channel of an unconfined
35 avulsing stream is prone to move and where the movement would
36 result in a potential near-term loss of riparian forest adjacent
37 to the stream. Sizeable islands with productive timber may exist
38 within the zone.
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(21))) (22) "Unconfined avulsing
stream" means generally
_2 fifth order or larger waters that experience abrupt shifts in
_3 channel location, creating a complex flood plain characterized by
_4 extensive gravel bars, disturbance species of vegetation of
_5 variable age, numerous side channels, wall-based channels, oxbow
_6 lakes, and wetland complexes. Many of these streams have dikes
_7 and levees that may temporarily or permanently restrict channel
_9 Sec. 3. RCW 82.04.213 and 1993 sp.s. c 25 s 302 are each amended
10 to read as follows:
11 (1) "Agricultural product" means any product of plant
12 cultivation or animal husbandry including, but not limited to: A
13 product of horticulture, grain cultivation, vermiculture,
14 viticulture, or aquaculture as defined in RCW 15.85.020;
15 plantation Christmas trees; short-rotation hardwoods as defined in
16 RCW 84.33.035; turf; or any animal including but not limited to an
17 animal that is a private sector cultured aquatic product as
18 defined in RCW 15.85.020, or a bird, or insect, or the substances
19 obtained from such an animal. "Agricultural product" does not
20 include animals intended to be pets.
21 (2) "Farmer" means any person engaged in the business of
22 growing or producing, upon the person's own lands or upon the
23 lands in which the person has a present right of possession, any
24 agricultural product whatsoever for sale. "Farmer" does not
25 include a person using such products as ingredients in a
26 manufacturing process, or a person growing or producing such
27 products for the person's own consumption. "Farmer" does not
28 include a person selling any animal or substance obtained
29 therefrom in connection with the person's business of operating a
30 stockyard or a slaughter or packing house. "Farmer" does not
31 include any person in respect to the business of taking,
32 cultivating, or raising timber.
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