Effective Date of Rule: October 3, 2011.
Purpose: To amend WAC 222-24-050 and 222-24-051 to give forest landowners the opportunity to extend the performance period for road maintenance and abandonment plans (RMAPs) up to five years, until 2021. RMAPs are forest landowner plans that specify and schedule the work necessary to improve and maintain forest roads to standards detailed in chapter 222-24 WAC and prevent damage to public resources.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 222-24-050 and 222-24-051.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 76.09.040.
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 11-11-048 on May 13, 2011.
Changes Other than Editing from Proposed to Adopted Version: One additional change was made to amend the completion date and extension date from July 1 to October 31. This will provide landowners an entire operating season.
A final cost-benefit analysis is available by contacting Patricia Anderson, Department of Natural Resources, P.O. Box 47012, Olympia, WA 98506, phone (360) 902-1413, fax (360) 902-1428, e-mail email@example.com.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 2, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 2, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: August 9, 2011.
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 06-11-112, filed 5/18/06, effective 6/18/06)
WAC 222-24-050 *Road maintenance and abandonment. The goals for road maintenance are established in WAC 222-24-010. Guidelines for how to meet these goals and standards are in ((
the)) board manual section 3. Replacement will not be
required for existing culverts functioning with little risk to
public resources or for culverts installed under an approved
forest practices application or notification and are capable
of passing fish, until the end of the culvert's functional
The goals for road maintenance outlined in this chapter
are expected to be achieved by ((
July 1)) October 31, 2016. The strategies for achieving the goals are different for large
forest landowners and small forest landowners.
For large forest landowners, all forest roads must be
improved and maintained to the standards of this chapter prior
July 1)) October 31, 2016; however, large or small forest
landowners may request an extension of up to five years, or
October 31, 2021, as outlined in WAC 222-24-051(8). Work
performed toward meeting the standards must generally be even
flow over the (( fifteen-year)) performance period with
priorities for achieving the most benefit to the public
resources early in the period. These goals will be achieved
through the road maintenance and abandonment plan process
outlined in WAC (( 22-24-051 [222-24-051])) 222-24-051.
For small forest landowners, the goals will be achieved through the road maintenance and abandonment plan process outlined in WAC 222-24-0511, by participation in the state-led family forest fish passage program, and by compliance with the Forest Practices Act and rules. The purpose of the family forest fish passage program is to assist small forest landowners in providing fish passage by offering cost-share funding and prioritizing projects on a watershed basis, fixing the worst fish passage barriers first. The department, in consultation with the departments of ecology and fish and wildlife, will monitor the extent, effectiveness, and progress of checklist road maintenance and abandonment plan implementation and report to the legislature and the board by December 31, 2008, and December 31, 2013.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 76.09.040. 06-11-112, § 222-24-050, filed 5/18/06, effective 6/18/06. Statutory Authority: Chapter 34.05 RCW, RCW 76.09.040, [76.09.]050, [76.09.]370, 76.13.120(9). 01-12-042, § 222-24-050, filed 5/30/01, effective 7/1/01. Statutory Authority: RCW 76.09.040 and chapter 34.05 RCW. 97-24-091, § 222-24-050, filed 12/3/97, effective 1/3/98; 93-12-001, § 222-24-050, filed 5/19/93, effective 6/19/93. Statutory Authority: RCW 76.09.040, 76.09.050 and chapter 34.05 RCW. 92-15-011, § 222-24-050, filed 7/2/92, effective 8/2/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 76.09.040. 87-23-036 (Order 535), § 222-24-050, filed 11/16/87, effective 1/1/88. Statutory Authority: RCW 76.09.040 and 76.09.050. 82-16-077 (Resolution No. 82-1), § 222-24-050, filed 8/3/82, effective 10/1/82; Order 263, § 222-24-050, filed 6/16/76.]
*(1) Landowners must maintain a schedule of submitting plans to the department that cover 20% of their roads or land base each year.
*(2) For those portions of their ownership that fall
within a watershed administrative unit covered by an approved
watershed analysis plan, chapter 222-22 WAC, landowners may
follow the watershed administrative unit-road maintenance
plan, providing the roads they own are covered by the plan. A
proposal to update the road plan to meet the current road
maintenance standards must be submitted to the department for
review on or before the next scheduled road maintenance plan
review. If annual reviews are not required as part of the
watershed analysis road plan, the plan must be updated by
October 1, 2005. All roads in the planning area must be in
compliance with the current rules by ((
July 1)) October 31,
2016 or by the extension deadline approved by the department
under subsection (8) of this section.
*(3) Plans will be submitted by landowners on a priority basis. Road systems or drainages in which improvement, abandonment or maintenance have the highest potential benefits to the public resource are the highest priority. Based upon a "worst first" principle, work on roads that affect the following are presumed to be the highest priority:
(a) Basins containing, or road systems potentially affecting, waters which either contain a listed threatened or endangered fish species under the federal or state law or a water body listed on the current 303(d) water quality impaired list for road related issues.
(b) Basins containing, or road systems potentially affecting, sensitive geology/soils areas with a history of slope failures.
(c) Road systems or basins where other restoration projects are in progress or may be planned coincident to the implementation of the proposed road plan.
(d) Road systems or basins likely to have the highest use in connection with future forest practices.
*(4) Based upon a "worst first" principle, road maintenance and abandonment plans must pay particular attention to:
(a) Roads with fish passage barriers;
(b) Roads that deliver sediment to typed water;
(c) Roads with evidence of existing or potential instability that could adversely affect public resources;
(d) Roads or ditchlines that intercept groundwater; and
(e) Roads or ditches that deliver surface water to any typed waters.
*(5) Road maintenance and abandonment plans must include:
(a) Ownership maps showing all forest roads, including orphan roads; planned and potential abandonment, all typed water, Type A and B Wetlands that are adjacent to or crossed by roads, stream adjacent parallel roads and an inventory of the existing condition; and
(b) Detailed description of the first years work with a
schedule to complete the entire plan within ((
the performance period; and
(c) Standard practices for routine road maintenance; and
(d) Storm maintenance strategy that includes prestorm planning, emergency maintenance and post storm recovery; and
(e) Inventory and assessment of the risk to public resources or public safety of orphaned roads; and
(f) The landowner or landowner representative's signature.
*(6) Priorities for road maintenance work within plans are:
(a) Removing fish passage barriers beginning on roads affecting the most habitat first, generally starting at the bottom of the basin and working upstream;
(b) Preventing or limiting sediment delivery (areas where sediment delivery or mass wasting will most likely affect bull trout habitat will be given the highest priority);
(c) Correcting drainage or unstable sidecast in areas where mass wasting could deliver to public resources or threaten public safety;
(d) Disconnecting road drainage from typed waters;
(e) Repairing or maintaining stream-adjacent parallel roads with an emphasis on minimizing or eliminating water and sediment delivery;
(f) Improving hydrologic connectivity by minimizing the interruption of surface water drainage, interception of subsurface water, and pirating of water from one basin to another; and
(g) Repair or maintenance work which can be undertaken with the maximum operational efficiency.
*(7) Initial plans must be submitted to the department during the year 2001 as scheduled by the department.
*(8) Requests to extend the completion date of road maintenance and abandonment plans may lead to the reapproval of the road maintenance and abandonment plan for up to five years, or October 31, 2021.
(a) Landowner requests must be made at least one hundred twenty days prior to the plan's anniversary date of 2014 and must include:
(i) The length of time for the extension period; and
(ii) A revised road maintenance and abandonment plan according to subsections (3) through (6) of this section.
(b) The department shall provide forty-five days for the departments of ecology and fish and wildlife, affected tribes, and interested parties to review a revised road maintenance and abandonment plan.
(c) The approval or a denial of a road maintenance and abandonment plan's extension request will occur at least thirty days prior to the anniversary date of the initial plan's submittal.
(d) A landowner with an approved extension and revised road maintenance and abandonment plan must report work accomplished in accordance with subsection (9) of this section.
*(9) Each year on the anniversary date of the plan's submittal, landowners must report work accomplished for the previous year and submit to the department a detailed description of the upcoming year's work including modifications to the existing work schedule.
The department's review and approval will be conducted in
consultation with the departments of ecology((
, the department
of)) and fish and wildlife, affected tribes, and interested
parties. The department will:
(a) Review the progress of the plans annually with the landowner to determine if the plan is being implemented as approved; and
(b) The plan will be reviewed by the department and approved or returned to the applicant with concerns that need to be addressed within forty-five days of the plan's submittal.
(c) Additional plans will be signed by the landowner or the landowner's representative.
(9))) (10) The department shall require the use of
standardized forms as referenced in board manual section 3 for
landowners requesting extensions under subsection (8) of this
section and for annual reporting under subsection (9) of this
(11) The department will facilitate an annual water
resource inventory area (WRIA) meeting with landowners, the
departments of fish and wildlife((
, the department of)) and
ecology, affected tribes, the National Marine Fisheries
Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, affected
counties, local U.S. Forest Service, watershed councils, and
other interested parties. The purpose of the meeting is to:
(a) Suggest priorities for road maintenance and abandonment planning; and
(b) Exchange information on road maintenance and stream restoration projects.
(10))) (12) Regardless of the schedule for plan
development, roads that are currently used or proposed to be
used for timber hauling must be maintained in a condition that
prevents potential or actual damage to public resources. If
the department determines that log haul on such a road will
cause or has the potential to cause material damage to a
public resource, the department may require the applicant to
submit a plan to address specific issues or segments on the
(11))) (13) If a landowner is found to be out of
compliance with the work schedule of an approved road
maintenance and abandonment plan and the department determines
that this work is necessary to prevent potential or actual
damage to public resources, then the department will exercise
its authority under WAC 222-46-030 (notice to comply) and WAC 222-46-040 (stop work order) to restrict use of the affected
(a) The landowner may submit a revised maintenance plan for maintenance and abandonment and request permission to use the road for log haul.
(b) The department must approve use of the road if the revised maintenance plan provides protection of the public resource and maintains the overall schedule of maintenance of the road system or basin.
(12))) (14) If a landowner is notified by the
department that their road(s) has the potential to damage
public resources, the landowner must, within 90 days, submit
to the department for review and approval a plan or plans for
those drainages or road systems within the area identified by
*(15) The department will notify the departments of ecology and fish and wildlife, affected tribes, and interested parties if actions taken under this section result in a change to an approved road maintenance and abandonment plan.
(16) When the department approves or denies a road maintenance and abandonment plan extension under subsection (8) of this section, that decision may be appealed to the appeals board in accordance with RCW 43.21B.110 and 43.21B.230.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 76.09.040. 06-11-112, § 222-24-051, filed 5/18/06, effective 6/18/06; 05-12-119, § 222-24-051, filed 5/31/05, effective 7/1/05. Statutory Authority: Chapter 34.05 RCW, RCW 76.09.040, [76.09.]050, [76.09.]370, 76.13.120(9). 01-12-042, § 222-24-051, filed 5/30/01, effective 7/1/01.]