PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Cultural resources inventory, assessment, protection and management in forest practices.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: The Forest Practices Board's authority to adopt forest practices rules is granted under RCW 76.09.040 and 76.09.370.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Pursuant to RCW 76.09.370, the Forest Practices Board takes action on certain commitments made in the 1999 forests and fish report. The report commitments included creation of a cultural resources assessment and protection module for watershed analysis, the Forest Practices Board Manual Section 11. The module and forest practices rules to define its use in a watershed analysis conducted under chapter 222-22 WAC were developed collaboratively through the TFW Cultural Resources Committee, at the request of the Forest Practices Board. Rules are necessary to link the new module to watershed analysis.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The Community, Trade and Economic Development's Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, which executes state and federal laws relating to cultural resources, was an active participant in the multicaucus development of this rule package.
Process for Developing New Rule: Negotiated rule making.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by mailing, faxing, or e-mailing comments to Patricia Anderson, Forest Practices Board Coordinator, Department of Natural Resources, Forest Practices Division, 1111 Washington Street S.E., 4th Floor, P.O. Box 47012, Olympia, WA 98504-7012, fax (360) 902-1428, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 18, 2003