WSR 02-07-023

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

FOREST PRACTICES BOARD


[ Filed March 11, 2002, 4:38 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Clarification to the definition of Class II forest practices pertaining to salvage of logging residue in WAC 222-16-050.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 76.09.040, 76.09.050, 76.09.370.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The Forest Practices Board is considering changes to correct an error to WAC 222-16-050 that, if implemented as written, would likely result in damage to public resources and an inconsistency with the definition of Class II forest practices in RCW 76.09.050.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The United States Fish and Wildlife Service, National Marine Fisheries Service and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will either be involved or advised during the rule development process. The Department of Ecology (DOE) will also be involved, as DOE must approve forest practice rules pertaining to water quality.

Process for Developing New Rule: Agency staff will develop the rule proposal with input from interested parties.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. If the board decides to proceed with this rule proposal, then there will be an additional opportunity to comment. Mail, fax, or e-mail comments to Patricia Anderson, Rules Coordinator, Forest Practices Board, Department of Natural Resources, Forest Practices Division, 1111 Washington Street, 4th Floor, P.O. Box 47012, Olympia, WA 98504-4701, fax (360) 902-1428, e-mail forest.practicesboard@wadnr.gov.

March 7, 2002

Pat McElroy

Chair

Washington State Code Reviser's Office