WSR 03-16-008A

AGENDA

FOREST PRACTICES BOARD


[ Filed July 24, 2003, 1:02 p.m. ]


Rule Development Agenda

July - December 2003


The 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.

1. Procedural and Ethics Rules. At the May 14, 2003, meeting, the board reengaged with permanent rule making on its rules for procedure and ethics, which will update the board's administrative procedures, and provide new rules on public record requests and executive ethics. The board will consider the proposed rules at the November 2003 meeting.

2. Editorial and Minor Rule Changes. The current permanent rules are being reviewed for editorial and minor clarification changes. This may result in a rule proposal.

3. Marbled Murrelet Rules. The board will consider a rule proposal at the August 2003 meeting. The rules would reflect an updated survey protocol.

4. Cultural Resources. The TFW Cultural Resources Committee has developed a watershed analysis module and associated rules for cultural resources. The board will consider rule making at the August 2003 meeting.

5. Other Legislative Mandated Changes. Legislation that passed during the 2003 session will be reviewed to determine if new rule making will need to occur. Legislation passed during the 2001 and 2002 session that will require new rule making includes SSB 6241 pertaining to Christmas trees and SB 5497 relating to forestland definition.

6. Road Maintenance and Abandonment Plans. At the May 14, 2003, board meeting, the board initiated permanent rule making to implement changes to the small forest landowner road maintenance and abandonment planning requirements contained in 2SHB 1095 passed by the 2003 legislature. The board will conduct public hearings on September 23 and September 25 to receive public testimony prior to adopting an emergency rule on October 15, 2003.

7. Salmonid Adaptive Management. The Forests and Fish Policy Committee will be reviewing results from scientific projects for possible rule modifications. The board may consider permitting requirements for such projects.

8. Upland Wildlife. The Department of Fish and Wildlife is conducting a comprehensive review of the forest practices rules and science for wildlife protection and development of cooperative management planning processes. This may result in a rule proposal.

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@wadnr.gov.

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