January - June 2005
1. Cultural Resources. The board initiated rule making on the TFW Cultural Resources Committee's rule proposal related to a cultural resources watershed analysis module. The board will consider permanent rule adoption on February 16, 2005.
2. Road Maintenance and Abandonment Plans. Permanent rule language is being developed to implement changes to the small forest landowner road maintenance and abandonment planning requirements contained in 2SHB 1095 passed by the 2003 legislature.
3. Editorial and Minor Rule Changes. The board will consider rule making on February 16, 2005. The rules would reflect minor editorial and clarification changes. The board will consider permanent rule adoption at the May 2005 meeting.
4. Other Legislative Mandated Changes. The board will consider rule making on February 16, 2005, on legislation passed during the 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004 sessions. These changes pertain to Christmas trees, forest land definition, Environmental and Land Use Hearings Board, small forest landowner tax identification and forest practices within urban growth areas. The board will consider permanent rule adoption at the May 2005 meeting.
5. Upland Wildlife. The board, with the Department of Fish and Wildlife, is conducting a comprehensive review of the forest practices rules and science for upland wildlife protection and development of cooperative management planing processes. The results of this review and planning process, along with new species listing and designation of critical habitat may result in a rule proposal.
6. Aquatic Resources. Forests and fish policy will review results from scientific research for possible rule modifications.
Contact Person: Patricia Anderson, Forest Practices Board, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.