WSR 05-19-145

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

NATURAL RESOURCES

[ Filed September 21, 2005, 11:02 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 332-24-720 Forest protection zone -- Pierce County, amend to remove additional lands within Pierce County from Department of Natural Resources fire protection and assign responsibility for fire protection to the respective Pierce County Fire Protection District.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 76.04.165.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: To clarify the Department of Natural Resources geographic area of fire protection responsibility, as directed in RCW 76.04.165. This will result in more effective fire protection for the residents of the area.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: No other federal or state agencies regulate establishment of forest protection zones.

Process for Developing New Rule: The Department of Natural Resources will contact stakeholders, and affected parties and entities to solicit their participation in the rule development process.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Darrel Johnston, Department of Natural Resources, P.O. Box 47037, Olympia, WA 98504-7037, (360) 902-2112, fax (360) 902-1757.

September 20, 2005

Mark Kahley

for Pat McElroy

Executive Director of

Regulatory Programs

Washington State Code Reviser's Office