WSR 06-11-111

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

FOREST PRACTICES BOARD


[ Filed May 18, 2006, 12:27 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Amend chapters 222-16, 222-10, and 222-38 WAC related to Taylor's checkerspot butterfly habitat conservation.

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

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: In January 2006, the Washington fish and wildlife commission listed the Taylor's checkerspot butterfly (Euphydryas editha taylori) as a state endangered species. The listing because effective on March 2, 2006. The forest practices board determined there is sufficient potential risk to this species from certain forest practices to consider rule making.

Process for Developing New Rule: The forest practices board has directed the department of natural resources to consult with department of fish and wildlife experts and landowners and other stakeholders to determine an appropriate protection approach.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. Mail, fax, or e-mail comments to Patricia Anderson, Forest Practices Board Rules Coordinator, Department of Natural Resources, Forest Practices Division, P.O. Box 47012, Olympia, WA 98504-7012, fax (360) 902-1428, e-mail forestpracticesboard@wadnr.gov.

May 10, 2006

Pat McElroy

Chair

Washington State Code Reviser's Office