By Senators Sheldon, T., Sheldon, B., Spanel, Rasmussen and Sheahan


     WHEREAS, It is the tradition of the Washington State Senate to recognize conservation and protection of our natural resources and land; and

     WHEREAS, On October 13, 2000, Simpson Timber Company signed an innovative,

fifty-year multispecies Habitat Conservation Plan with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service; and

     WHEREAS, Some fifty-one species of fish and wildlife, several of which are listed as Athreatened@ under the Federal Endangered Species Act, are protected by the Habitat Conservation Plan; and

     WHEREAS, The Habitat Conservation Plan represents the first time Federal Endangered Species Act and Clean Water Act issues have been tackled together under a single plan for an entire ownership and is the first plan in the nation to provide for compliance with Federal Clean Water Act requirements; and

     WHEREAS,The Habitat Conservation Plan was so unusual that then Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt flew out to attend its signing on Simpson timberland; and

     WHEREAS, More than 262,000 acres of timberland owned by Simpson Investment Company on the Olympic Peninsula is covered by the Habitat Conservation Plan; and

     WHEREAS,  The Habitat Conservation Plan has been adopted as a total maximum daily load for water quality purposes by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Washington State Department of Ecology; and

     WHEREAS, The Habitat Conservation Plan takes into account the geologic setting and physical processes on area habitats and varying habitat protection strategies according to these criteria; and

     WHEREAS, The Habitat Conservation Plan serves as a model for future conservation partnerships; and

     WHEREAS, The Habitat Conservation Plan sets a standard for future opportunities to link water quality and wildlife conservation;

     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Washington State Senate commends and offers its appreciation to the Simpson Timber Company for its dedication to wildlife habitat conservation and sound environmental stewardship; and

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That a copy of this resolution be immediately transmitted by the Secretary of the Senate to Colin Mosely, chairman of the Simpson Investment Company; the U.S. Secretary of the Interior; the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; the National Marine Fisheries Service; Washington Governor Gary Locke; Washington Commissioner of Public Lands Doug Sutherland; Tom Fitzsimmons, director of the Washington Department of Ecology; and to the U.S. Senators from Washington State, Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell.


I, Tony M. Cook, Secretary of the Senate,

do hereby certify that this is a true and

correct copy of Senate Resolution 8647,

adopted by the Senate April 5, 2001.





Secretary of the Senate