WSR 12-11-106

PERMANENT RULES

FOREST PRACTICES BOARD


[ Filed May 22, 2012, 9:12 a.m. , effective June 22, 2012 ]


Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.

Purpose: Amend chapter 222-21 WAC, Forestry riparian easement program (FREP) to incorporate ESHB 1509 (2011 legislation) that amended chapter 76.13 RCW.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 222-21-020, 222-21-035, 222-21-060, 222-21-061 and 222-21-065; and amending WAC 222-21-005, 222-21-010, 222-21-030, 222-21-040, 222-21-045, 222-21-050, 222-21-070, 222-21-080, and 222-21-090.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 76.090.040 [76.09.040] and 76.09.370.

Other Authority: RCW 76.13.120.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 12-05-094 on February 17, 2012.

A final cost-benefit analysis is available by contacting Patricia Anderson, Department of Natural Resources, P.O. Box 47012, Olympia, WA 98504-7012, phone (360) 902-1413, fax (360) 902-1428, e-mail forest.practicesboard@dnr.wa.gov.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 4, Amended 9, Repealed 5.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Date Adopted: May 8, 2012.

B. Moran

Chair

OTS-4603.6


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 01-12-042, filed 5/30/01, effective 7/1/01)

WAC 222-21-005   Policy.   The legislature has found that further reduction in harvestable timber owned by small forest landowners as a result of the rules adopted under RCW 76.09.055 or 76.09.370 will further erode small landowners' economic viability and willingness or ability to keep the lands in forestry use and, therefore, reduce the amount of habitat available for salmon recovery and conservation of other aquatic resources. The legislature addressed these concerns by establishing a forestry riparian easement program to acquire easements from qualifying small forest landowners along riparian and other areas of value to the state for protection of aquatic resources.

[Statutory Authority: Chapter 34.05 RCW, RCW 76.09.040, [76.09.]050, [76.09.]370, 76.13.120(9). 01-12-042, 222-21-005, filed 5/30/01, effective 7/1/01.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 08-24-011, filed 11/21/08, effective 12/22/08)

WAC 222-21-010   Definitions.   The following definitions apply to this chapter:

(1) (("Commercially reasonable harvest unit" means a harvest area that meets the requirements of WAC 222-21-060.

(2))) "Completion of harvest" means that the trees within the area under an approved forest practices application have been harvested ((from an area under an approved forest practices application)) and ((that)) further entry into that area by any type of logging or slash treating equipment or method is not expected.

(((3) "Compliance costs" includes the cost of preparing and recording the easement, and any business and occupation tax and real estate excise tax imposed because of entering into the easement.

(4) "Danger tree" means any qualifying timber reasonably perceived to pose an imminent danger to life or improved property.

(5))) (2) "Easement premises" means the geographic area designated in a forestry riparian easement((,)) including ((the)) areas in which qualifying timber is located. ((Easement premises may be categorized as follows:

(a) Riparian area easement premises means riparian areas and areas upon which qualifying timber associated with riparian areas are located.

(b) Other easement premises means areas of land required to be left unharvested under rules adopted under RCW 76.09.055 or 76.09.370 including areas upon which other qualifying timber outside riparian areas is located and areas of land upon which uneconomic qualifying timber is located.

(6))) (3) "Forestry riparian easement" means ((an)) a conservation easement covering qualifying timber granted voluntarily to the state by a qualifying small forest landowner.

(((7))) (4) "Forests and fish rules" means the rules adopted by the board in accordance with RCW 76.09.055, 76.09.370, and the amendments to those rules.

(5) "Hazardous substances" ((means)) includes, but is not limited to, hazardous substances as defined in RCW 70.102.010(((5),)) and 70.105D.020(((7))), and solid waste as defined in RCW 70.95.030(((22))).

(((8) "High impact regulatory threshold" means the threshold where the value of qualifying timber is greater than 19.1% (for timber in Western Washington) or 12.2% (for timber in Eastern Washington) of the value of the harvested timber and qualifying timber under the approved forest practices application covering the qualifying timber.

(9))) (6) "Qualifying small forest landowner" means an owner of forest land with qualifying timber meeting all of the criteria in (a)(i) through (iv) of this subsection as of the date the department receives a forest practices application associated with a proposed forestry riparian easement, and the date the department offers compensation for the easement.

(a) A qualifying small forest landowner:

(i) Is an individual, partnership, corporation, or other nongovernmental for-profit legal entity. If a landowner grants timber rights to another entity for less than five years, the landowner may still be a qualifying small forest landowner under this chapter;

(ii) Has a fee interest in the land and timber or has rights to harvest the timber to be included in the forestry riparian easement that extend at least fifty years from the date the completed forestry riparian easement application is submitted to and received by the small forest landowner office;

(iii) Has no outstanding violations of chapters 76.09 or 76.13 RCW or any associated forest practices rules;

(iv) Has harvested or expects to harvest from his or her forest lands in this state as follows:

(A) No more than the average volume that would qualify the landowner as a "small harvester" under RCW 84.33.035 during the three years prior to the year the department receives a complete forest practices application associated with the easement, and certifies that he or she does not expect to exceed that average timber volume during the ten years following the date of the offer of compensation for the easement; or

(B) If the landowner can establish to the satisfaction of the small forest landowner office that those harvest limits were or will be exceeded to raise funds to pay estate taxes or other equally compelling and unexpected obligations such as court-ordered judgments or extraordinary expenses, the landowner may still be a qualifying small forest landowner.

(b) To be eligible for a forestry riparian easement, a qualifying small forest landowner must have submitted a forest practices application covering qualifying timber to the appropriate region office, and the department must have approved the application or disapproved it because of forests and fish rule restrictions. See WAC 222-21-032 for more information about easement eligibility.

(7) "Qualifying timber" means ((those)) forest trees that meet criteria (a) through (c) of this subsection:

(a) Are covered by a forest practices application ((that the small forest landowner is required to leave unharvested under rules adopted under RCW 76.09.055 or 76.09.370 or that are made uneconomic to harvest by those rules, and for which the small forest landowner is willing to grant the state a forestry riparian easement. Qualifying timber is timber within or bordering a commercially reasonable harvest unit, or timber for which an approved forest practices application for timber harvest cannot be obtained because of restrictions under these rules. Qualifying timber is categorized as follows:

(a) Permanent qualifying timber includes trees that shall not be harvested or damaged or removed from the easement premises during the term of the easement.

(i) Where permanent qualifying timber is in areas in which no harvest may take place, the easement shall describe the boundaries of the areas. No harvest of any tree within this area shall take place during the term of the easement.

(ii) Where permanent qualifying timber is located in areas in which selective harvest may take place, the permanent qualifying timber must be tagged for the duration of the easement.

(b) Reserve qualifying timber includes trees that may be harvested and removed but only in compliance with the terms of the easement. Reserve qualifying timber shall be identified separately from the permanent qualifying timber.

(c) Replacement qualifying timber includes trees which, in the future, will be substituted for the reserve qualifying timber before the reserve qualifying timber may be harvested or removed from the property. Replacement qualifying timber will be selected from time to time pursuant to the provisions of the easement and will be subject to the terms and protections of the easement.

(d) Uneconomic qualifying timber includes trees made uneconomical to harvest. The trees are considered permanent qualifying timber and may not be harvested or otherwise damaged during the term of the easement.

(e) Other qualifying timber outside riparian areas includes trees that may not be harvested under forest practices rules adopted under RCW 76.09.055 or 76.09.370 for reasons other than protection of riparian functions. It includes without limitation trees that are unharvestable because of public safety concerns. The trees are considered permanent qualifying timber and may not be harvested or otherwise damaged during the term of the easement.

(10) "Reimbursement" means the repayment that the department shall provide to small forest landowners for the actual costs incurred for laying out the streamside buffers and marking the qualifying timber once a contract has been executed for the forestry riparian easement program.

(11) "Riparian areas" include the areas designated in a forestry riparian easement. Riparian areas include without limitation all riparian and other special management zones required by the forest practices rules for protection of aquatic resources and includes associated qualifying timber.

(12) "Riparian function" includes bank stability, recruitment of woody debris, leaf litter fall, nutrients, sediment filtering, shade, and other riparian features that are important to both riparian forest and aquatic systems conditions.

(13) "Small forest landowner" means:

(a) A forest landowner meeting all of the following characteristics as of the date a forest practices application is received (see WAC 222-20-010(7)), or the date the landowner provides written notification to the small forest landowner office that the harvest is to begin, for which the forestry riparian easement is associated:

(i) Is an individual, partnership, corporate, or other nongovernmental legal entity. If a landowner grants timber rights to another entity for less than five years, the landowner may still qualify as a small forest landowner under this section;

(ii) Has a fee interest in the land and timber or has rights to harvest the timber to be included in the forestry riparian easement that extend at least fifty years from the date the forest practices application associated with the easement is received;

(iii) Has harvested from its own lands in this state during the three years prior to the year of application an average timber volume that would qualify the forest landowner as a small harvester under RCW 84.33.035(14); and

(iv) Certifies at the time the forest practices application is received that it does not expect to harvest from its own lands more than the volume allowed by RCW 84.33.035(14) during the ten years following receipt of the application.

(b) A forest landowner whose prior three-year average harvest exceeds the limit of RCW 84.33.035(14), or who expects to exceed this limit during the ten years following receipt of the forest practices application, may still qualify as a small forest landowner if that landowner establishes to the small forest landowner office reasonable satisfaction that the harvest limits were or will be exceeded to raise funds to pay estate taxes or equally compelling and unexpected obligations such as court-ordered judgments or extraordinary medical expenses. (Note: The small forest landowner office will establish a board manual governing these exceptions.)

(c) A landowner may still qualify as a small forest landowner if the landowner is unable to obtain an approved forest practices application for timber harvest for any of his or her land because of restrictions under the forest practices rules adopted under RCW 76.09.055 or 76.09.370)).

(b) Fit one of the following situations:

(i) The timber is required to be left unharvested because of forests and fish rule restrictions and is within, immediately adjacent to, or physically connected to a commercially reasonable harvest unit under an approved forest practices application; or

(ii) The timber cannot be approved for harvest under a forest practices application because of forests and fish rule restrictions.

(c) Are located within one or more of the following areas:

(i) Riparian or other sensitive aquatic areas;

(ii) Channel migration zones; or

(iii) Areas of potentially unstable slopes or landforms, verified by the department, that have the potential to deliver sediment or debris to a public resource or threaten public safety and are immediately adjacent to or physically connected to other qualifying timber that is located within riparian or other sensitive aquatic areas.

Qualifying timber may also mean forest trees that do not meet criteria (b) or (c) of this subsection if they are uneconomic to harvest as determined under WAC 222-21-032(6).

(((14))) (8) "Small forest landowner office" ((is)) means an office within the department ((described in RCW 76.13.110, and it shall be)) of natural resources. The office is a resource and focal point for small forest landowner concerns and policies, and ((shall have significant)) has expertise regarding the management of small forest holdings and government programs applicable to such holdings((, and the)). The office manages the forestry riparian easement program.

(((15) "Uneconomic to harvest" means that a harvest area meets the requirements of WAC 222-21-065.))

[Statutory Authority: RCW 76.09.040. 08-24-011, 222-21-010, filed 11/21/08, effective 12/22/08. Statutory Authority: RCW 76.09.040, 76.09.370, chapters 76.13 and 34.05 RCW. 03-06-039, 222-21-010, filed 2/26/03, effective 3/29/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 76.09.040, chapters 76.13, 34.05 RCW. 02-05-084, 222-21-010, filed 2/20/02, effective 3/23/02. Statutory Authority: Chapter 34.05 RCW, RCW 76.09.040, [76.09.]050, [76.09.]370, 76.13.120(9). 01-12-042, 222-21-010, filed 5/30/01, effective 7/1/01.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 05-12-119, filed 5/31/05, effective 7/1/05)

WAC 222-21-030   ((Document)) Documentation and standards.   (((1) Riparian easement. The riparian easement document must be substantially in the following form, but may be modified by the small forest landowner office wherever necessary to accomplish the purposes of RCW 76.13.120.

(This version assumes ownership of land and trees)


FORESTRY RIPARIAN EASEMENT
THIS GRANT OF A FORESTRY RIPARIAN EASEMENT is made on this day of , 20 , by [a corporation, limited liability company, partnership, limited partnership, limited liability partnership] [husband and wife] [individual][or others as appropriate] having an address at ("Grantor"), to and in favor of the State of Washington, acting by and through the Department of Natural Resources ("Grantee").
1.0 RECITALS AND PURPOSE
1.1 This Easement is intended to implement the goals of the Forest Practices Salmon Recovery Act, ESHB 2091, sections 501 through 504, chapter 4, Laws of 1999 ("Salmon Recovery Act"). The goals include avoiding the further erosion of the small forest landowners' economic viability and willingness or ability to keep the lands in forestry use which would reduce the amount of habitat available for salmon recovery and conservation of other aquatic resources, through the establishment of a forestry riparian easement program to acquire easements from small forest landowners along riparian and other areas of value to the state for protection of aquatic resources.
1.2 This Easement is intended to protect the Qualifying Timber and riparian functions associated with the qualifying timber located on the Easement Premises as provided by the terms of this Easement as set forth in Exhibit B while preserving all lawful uses of the Easement Premises by Grantor consistent with the Easement objectives, and to provide Grantee with the ability to enforce the terms thereof.
1.3 The Easement Premises and Qualifying Timber are located, as described in Exhibit A; that the encumbrances, if any, are as set forth in Exhibit A, that all Exhibits referenced herein and attachments thereto are incorporated into this Easement as part of this Easement; and that the Grantor wishes to execute this Forestry Riparian Easement.
2.0 CONVEYANCE AND CONSIDERATION
2.1 In consideration of the mutual covenants contained herein, including without limitation the monetary consideration set forth in subsection 2.2 below, the Grantor does hereby voluntarily warrant and convey to the Grantee a Forestry Riparian Easement under the Salmon Recovery Act, which Easement shall remain in full force and effect from the date hereof until it expires on (month, date, year) [50 years from the date the complete and accurate forest practices application is submitted], which Easement shall consist of the rights and restrictions expressly set forth herein.
2.2 In consideration of this Easement, Grantee shall pay to Grantor the sum of dollars ($ .00).
IN WITNESS WHEREOF Grantor and Grantee have executed this instrument on the day and year written.
GRANTOR:
Date:
By:
GRANTEE:
State of Washington
By and Through the Department of

Natural Resources

Date:
(Title)

(insert form of acknowledgement, as appropriate)
EXHIBIT A
A1 DESCRIPTION AND LOCATION OF QUALIFYING TIMBER
The Qualifying Timber includes the following categories of trees located within the Easement Premises:
[List the categories relevant to particular Easement, i.e., Permanent, Reserve, Replacement, Uneconomic, or Other Qualifying Timber.] The Qualifying Timber is located as shown in the documentation attached hereto as Attachment A-1.
A2 DESCRIPTION AND LOCATION OF EASEMENT PREMISES
The Easement Premises is [insert description using the standards developed under Section 504(9)(b) of the Salmon Recovery Act including the categories relevant to particular Easement, i.e., Riparian Area and Other Easement Premises] as shown in the documentation attached hereto as Attachment A-2 and is located in [insert legal subdivision/lot, etc., in which the Easement Premises exists.]
A3 BASELINE IDENTIFICATION, DESCRIPTION AND DOCUMENTATION OF PROPERTY, EASEMENT PREMISES AND QUALIFYING TIMBER
The parties agree that the current use, condition of the Easement Premises and the condition of the Qualifying Timber are documented in the inventory of their relevant features and identified in Attachment A-3 ("Baseline Documentation"), and that this documentation provides, collectively, an accurate representation at the time of this grant and is intended to serve as an objective information baseline for monitoring compliance with the terms of this grant.


EXHIBIT B
FORESTRY RIPARIAN EASEMENT TERMS AND CONDITIONS
B1 DEFINITIONS
The terms used in this Easement, including without limitation the following, are defined by the forest practices rules incorporated in Attachment B-1 to this Exhibit.
"Danger Tree"
"Easement Premises"
"Qualifying Timber"
"Hazard Substances"
"Riparian Areas"
"Riparian Function"
B2 RIGHTS OF GRANTEE **[Subsection B2.4 should be included only for multiple entry Easements.]**
To accomplish the purposes of this Easement, the following rights are conveyed to Grantee by this Easement:
B2.1 To enforce the terms of this Easement as provided in subsection B9.
B2.2 To enter upon the Easement Premises, or to allow Grantee's agents or any experts consulted by Grantee in exercising its rights under this Easement to enter upon the Easement Premises in order to evaluate Grantor's compliance with this Easement, and to otherwise enforce the terms of this Easement.
B2.3 To convey, assign, or otherwise transfer Grantee's interests herein to another agency of the State of Washington, as provided for and limited by Section 504 of the Salmon Recovery Act.
B2.4 Where harvest of Reserve Qualifying Timber is allowed during the term of this Easement, to approve Replacement Qualifying Timber that will be protected by this Easement as provided in subsection B3.5.
B3 RESTRICTIONS ON GRANTOR **[Subsection B3.6 should be included only for multiple entry Easements.]**
B3.1 Inconsistent Uses of Riparian Easement Premises
Any use of, or activity on, the Easement Premises inconsistent with the purposes and terms of this Easement, including without limitation converting to a use incompatible with growing timber, is prohibited, and Grantor acknowledges and agrees that it will not conduct, engage in, or permit any such use or activity.
B3.2 Property Outside the Easement Premises
Grantor may change its use of the property on which the Easement lies to any lawful use. Grantor shall provide Grantee sixty (60) days notice prior to changing the use of the property as a courtesy to Grantee.
B3.3 Qualifying Timber
Grantor shall not engage in any activity which would result in the cutting of Qualifying Timber or the removal of that timber from the Easement Premises, except as provided in this Easement. The parties further agree that use, harvest, and treatment of the Qualifying Timber are restricted according to the forest practices rules in Attachment B-1.
B3.4 Danger Trees and Salvage
Grantor may cut a Danger Tree, which shall be left in place within the Easement Premises or moved by Grantor inside the Easement Premises. Grantor shall notify DNR within seven (7) days that a Danger Tree has been felled. Grantor shall not engage in any activities pertaining to salvage of Qualifying Timber including without limitation blowdown except as provided for in the forest practices rules.
B3.5 Harvest of Reserve Qualifying Timber and Designation of Replacement Qualifying Timber on Riparian Area Easement Premises
Grantor shall not, during the term of this Easement, harvest or remove any Reserve Qualifying Timber except as permitted under the applicable forest practices rules. Grantor shall give Grantee at least thirty (30) days written notice prior to harvest or removal of Reserve Qualifying Timber, except that where a permit or approval is required from any governmental entity, such notice shall be given thirty (30) days before submission of the application for such permit or approval. Grantor shall mark Reserve Qualifying Timber and Replacement Qualifying Timber, where Replacement Qualifying Timber is required, for review by Grantee. Grantor's thirty (30) days written notice to Grantee is effective only after both Reserve Qualifying Timber and Replacement Qualifying Timber (if required) are marked. If Grantee does not object by giving Grantor written notice within thirty (30) days of receipt of Grantor's notice, Grantor may proceed to harvest and remove the Reserve Qualifying Timber. If Grantee does object and gives Grantor written notice thereof within thirty (30) days of receipt of Grantor's notice, Grantor shall not harvest or remove Reserve Qualifying Timber until the objection is resolved. If Reserve Qualifying Timber is to be removed but Replacement Qualifying Timber is required to be left standing for the balance of the term of this Easement, then Grantor shall mark the Replacement Qualifying Timber and, if approved by Grantee, such Timber shall be considered Qualifying Timber under this Easement. A new Exhibit A shall be prepared along with a supplement to this Easement, executed by Grantor and Grantee, and recorded.
B3.6 Multiple Entry Easements
Grantor shall not, during the term of this Easement, make multiple entry harvests except as permitted under the applicable forest practices rules. Grantor shall give Grantee at least thirty (30) days written notice prior to harvest or removal of timber, except that where a permit or approval is required from any government entity, such notice shall be given thirty (30) days before submission of the application for such permit or approval. Grantor shall mark timber to be removed for review by Grantee. Grantor's thirty (30) day written notice to Grantee is effective only after the timber to be removed is marked. If Grantee does not object by giving Grantor written notice within thirty (30) days of receipt of Grantor's notice, Grantor may proceed to harvest. If Grantee does object and gives Grantor notice thereof within thirty (30) days of receipt of Grantor's notice, Grantor shall not harvest until the objection is resolved.
B4 RESERVED RIGHTS
Other than specifically provided herein, Grantor is not restricted in its use of the Easement Premises.
B5 PUBLIC ACCESS
No right of public access to or across, or any public use of, the Easement Premises or the property on which it lies is conveyed by this Easement.
B6 COSTS, LIABILITIES, TAXES, AND INDEMNIFICATION
B6.1 Costs, Legal Requirements, and General Liabilities
Except as is expressly placed on Grantee herein, Grantor retains full responsibility for the Qualifying Timber and Easement Premises. Grantor shall keep the Qualifying Timber and Easement Premises free of any liens arising out of any work performed for, materials furnished to, or obligations incurred by Grantor. Grantor remains responsible for obtaining all permits required by law.
B6.2 Taxes and Obligations
Grantor shall remain responsible for payment of taxes or other assessments imposed on the Easement Premises or the Qualifying Timber. Grantor shall furnish Grantee with satisfactory evidence of payment upon request.
B6.3 Hold Harmless
B6.3.a Grantor
To the extent permitted by law, Grantor hereby releases and agrees to hold harmless, indemnify, and defend Grantee and its employees, agents, and assigns from and against all liabilities, penalties, costs, charges, losses, damages, expenses, causes of action, claims, demands, orders, judgments, or administrative actions, including without limitation reasonable attorneys' fees arising from or in any way connected with: (a) Injury or death of any person or any physical damage to property resulting from any act or omission, or other matter occurring on or relating to the Easement Premises or Qualifying Timber, caused solely by Grantor; (b) a breach by Grantor of its obligations under subsection B3; (c) the violation or alleged violation of, or other failure to comply with, any state, federal, or local law or requirement by Grantor in any way affecting, involving, or relating to the Easement Premises or the Qualifying Timber; (d) the release or threatened release onto the Easement Premises of any substance now or hereinafter classified by state or federal law as a hazardous substance or material caused solely by Grantor.
B6.3.b Grantee
To the extent permitted by law, Grantee hereby releases and agrees to hold harmless, indemnify and defend Grantor and its employees, agents, and assigns from and against all liabilities, penalties, costs, charges, losses, damages, expenses, causes of action, claims, demands, orders, judgments or administrative actions, including without limitation reasonable attorneys' fees arising from or in any way connected with: (a) Injury or death of any person or any physical damage to property resulting from any act or omission, or other matter occurring on or relating to the Easement Premises or Qualifying Timber, caused solely by Grantee; or (b) the release or threatened release onto the Easement Premises of any substance now or hereinafter classified by state or federal law as a hazardous substance or material caused solely by Grantee.
B7 SUBSEQUENT TRANSFERS
B7.1 Grantee
Grantee may assign, convey, or otherwise transfer its interest as evidenced in this Easement, but only to another agency of the State of Washington under any circumstances in which it determines, in its sole discretion, that such transfer is in the best interests of the state. Grantee shall give written notice to Grantor of the same within thirty (30) days of such conveyance, assignment, or transfer (provided that failure to give such notice shall not affect the validity of the assignment, conveyance, or transfer).
B7.2 Grantor
Grantor may assign, convey, or otherwise transfer without restriction its interest in the Easement Premises or the Qualifying Timber identified in Exhibit A hereto. Grantor agrees to incorporate the restrictions of the Easement in any deed or other legal instrument by which Grantor divests itself of all or a portion of its interests in the Easement Premises or Qualifying Timber. Grantor shall give written notice to the Grantee of the assignment, conveyance, or other transfer of all or a portion of its interest in the Easement Premises or the Qualifying Timber within thirty (30) days of such conveyance, assignment, or transfer (provided that failure to give such notice shall not affect the validity of the assignment, conveyance, or transfer).
B7.3 Termination of Grantor's Rights and Obligations
The Grantor's personal rights and obligations under this Easement terminate upon transfer of the Grantor's interest in the property on which the Easement lies or the Qualifying Timber, except that liability under the Easement for acts or omissions occurring prior to transfer shall survive transfer.
B8 DISPUTE RESOLUTION
The parties may at any time by mutual agreement use any nonbinding alternative dispute resolution mechanism with a qualified third party acceptable to Grantor and Grantee. Grantor and Grantee shall share equally the costs charged by the third party. The existence of a dispute between the parties with respect to this Easement, including without limitation the belief by one party that the other party is in breach of its obligations hereunder, shall not excuse either party from continuing to fully perform its obligations under this Easement. The dispute resolution provided for in this subsection is optional, not obligatory, and shall not be required as a condition precedent to any remedies for enforcement of this Easement.
B9 ENFORCEMENT
B9.1 Remedies
Either party may bring any action in law or in equity in the superior court for the county in which the Easement Premises are located or in Thurston County (subject to venue change under law) to enforce any provision of this Easement, including without limitation, injunctive relief (permanent, temporary, or ex parte, as appropriate) to prohibit a breach of this Easement, enforce the rights and obligations of this Easement, restore Qualifying Timber cut or removed in violation of this Easement or for damages. Grantee may elect to pursue some or all of the remedies provided herein.
B9.1.a Damages and Restoration
If Grantor cuts or removes (or causes another to cut or remove) Qualifying Timber from the Easement Premises in violation of this Easement, Grantee shall be entitled to damages, or restoration. Damages for the cutting of Qualifying Timber or the removal of Qualifying Timber from the Easement Premises in violation of the terms of this Easement may be up to triple stumpage value times the proportion of the original compensation. The maximum amount of damages shall be calculated according to the following formula:
Where:
Sv = The stumpage value of the Qualifying Timber that is cut or removed from the Easement Premises at the time the damage was done;
C = The compensation paid by the state to the Grantor at the time the Easement became effective;
Vq = The original value of Qualifying Timber at the time the Easement became effective as calculated in WAC 222-21-050.
Maximum Damages = 3*Sv*(C/Vq)
In addition the Grantor shall pay interest on the amount of the damages at the maximum interest rate allowable by law.
Grantee's rights to damages under this section shall survive termination. Restoration of Qualifying Timber may include either replanting or replacing trees or both, as determined by Grantee, in its sole discretion, to be appropriate. Replanting shall be by nursery transplant seedlings approved by Grantee with subsequent silvicultural treatment including without limitation weed control and fertilization approved by Grantee. Replacing trees shall be accomplished by designation of replacement trees of the size and species acceptable to Grantee. If replacement trees are designated to replace the Qualifying Timber cut or removed in violation of the terms of this Easement, the designated trees shall be thereafter treated as Qualifying Timber under this Easement.
B9.1.b Injunctive Relief. Grantor agrees that Grantee's remedies at law for any violation of the terms of this Easement may be inadequate and that Grantee may be entitled to injunctive relief, both prohibitive and mandatory, in addition to other relief to which Grantee may be entitled, including specific performance of the terms of this Easement, without the necessity of providing either actual damages or the inadequacy of otherwise available legal remedies.
B9.1.c Relationship to Remedies in Other Laws. The remedies provided for in this section are in addition to whatever other remedies the state may have under other laws including without limitation the Forest Practices Act. Nothing in this Easement shall be construed to enlarge, diminish or otherwise alter the authority of the state to administer state law.
B9.2 Costs of Enforcement
The costs, including reasonable attorneys' fees, of enforcing this Easement shall be borne by Grantee unless Grantee prevails in a judicial action to enforce the terms of this Easement, in which case costs shall be borne by Grantor, provided that nothing herein shall make Grantor liable for costs incurred by Grantee in taking enforcement actions pursuant to other state laws.
B9.3 Forbearance/Waiver
Enforcement of this Easement against the Grantor is at the sole discretion of the Grantee, and vice versa. Any forbearance by either party to exercise its rights hereunder in the event of a breach by the other party shall not be deemed a waiver by the forbearing party of the term being breached or of a subsequent breach of that term or any other term or of any other of the forbearing party's rights under this Easement.
B9.4 Waiver of Certain Defenses
Grantor hereby waives any defense of laches, estoppel, or prescription.
B9.5 Acts Beyond Grantor's Control
Nothing herein shall be construed to entitle Grantee to bring any action or claim against Grantor on account of any change in the condition of the Easement Premises or of the Qualifying Timber that was not within Grantor's control, including without limitation fire, flood, storms, insect and disease outbreaks, earth movement, or acts of trespassers, that Grantor could not reasonably have anticipated and prevented, or from any prudent action taken by Grantor under emergency conditions to prevent, abate, or mitigate significant injury to the Easement Premises or Qualifying Timber resulting from such causes. In the event the terms of this Easement are violated by acts of trespassers that Grantor could not reasonably have anticipated or prevented, Grantor agrees, at Grantee's option, to join in any suit, to assign its right of action to Grantee, or to appoint Grantee its attorney in fact, for the purpose of pursuing enforcement action against the responsible parties.
B10 CONSTRUCTION AND INTERPRETATION
B10.1 Controlling Law
Interpretation and performance of this Easement shall be governed by the laws of the State of Washington.
B10.2 Liberal Construction
Any general rule of construction to the contrary notwithstanding, this Easement shall be liberally construed in favor of the grant to effect the purposes of this Easement. If any provision in this instrument is found to be ambiguous, an interpretation consistent with the purposes of this Easement that would render the provision valid shall be favored over any interpretation that would render it invalid. The parties acknowledge that each has had an opportunity to have this Easement reviewed by an attorney and agree that the terms shall not be presumptively construed against either party.
B10.3 Captions
The captions in this instrument have been inserted solely for convenience of reference and are not a part of this instrument and shall have no effect upon construction or interpretation.
B11 AMENDMENT
This Easement may be jointly amended. The amendments shall be in writing and signed by authorized representatives. Grantee shall record any such amendments in a timely fashion in the official records of County, Washington. All amendments shall be consistent with the purposes of this Easement.
B12 TERMINATION
Grantee may unilaterally terminate this Easement if it determines, in its sole discretion, that termination is in the best interest of the State of Washington. Grantee shall provide thirty (30) days written notice to Grantor of such termination.
B13 EXTINGUISHMENT
If circumstances arise that render the purpose of this Easement impossible to accomplish, this Easement can only be extinguished, in whole or in part, by mutual agreement of the parties or through judicial proceedings brought by one of the parties. Grantee shall be entitled to the value of the Easement as such value is determined pursuant to forest practices rules governing extinguishment or eminent domain, if no rule for extinguishment exists.
B14 CONDEMNATION
If the Easement is taken, in whole or in part, by exercise of the power of eminent domain, or acquired by purchase in lieu of condemnation, Grantee shall be entitled to compensation in accordance with the forest practices rules.
B15 NOTICE
Notices given pursuant or in relation to this Easement shall be in writing and delivered personally or by first class mail (postage prepaid), addressed as follows:
(a) If to Grantor:
(b) If to Grantee:
Washington State Department of Natural Resources
Small Forest Landowner Office
DNR-Forest Practices Division
P.O. Box 47012
Olympia, WA 98504-7012
If either party's address changes during the term of this Easement, that party shall notify the other party of the change.
Any notice required to be given hereunder is considered as being received: (i) If delivery in person, upon personal receipt by the person to whom it is being given; or (ii) if delivered by first class U.S. mail and properly addressed, three (3) days after deposit into the U.S. mail; or (iii) if sent by U.S. mail registered or certified, upon the date receipt is acknowledged by the recipient.
B16 RECORDATION
Grantee shall record this instrument in timely fashion in the official records of County, Washington and may rerecord it at any time as may be required to preserve its rights in this Easement.
B17 GENERAL PROVISIONS
B17.1 Severability
If any provision in this Easement, or the application hereof to any person or circumstance, is found to be invalid, the remainder of this Easement, or the application hereof to other persons or circumstances shall not be affected thereby and shall remain in full force and effect.
B17.2 Entire Agreement
This instrument sets forth the entire agreement of the parties with respect to the Easement. This instrument supersedes all other and prior discussions, negotiations, understandings, or agreements of the parties. No alteration or variation of this instrument shall be binding unless set forth in an amendment to this instrument consistent with subsection B11.
B17.3 Successors and Assigns
The covenants, terms, conditions, and restrictions of this Easement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the Grantor, Grantee, and their respective successors and assigns and shall continue as a servitude running with the property on which the Easement lies for the term of this Easement set forth in subsection 2.1.
B17.4 No Forfeiture
Nothing contained herein will result in a forfeiture or reversion of Grantor's title in any respect.
B17.5 Counterparts
The parties may execute this instrument in two or more counterparts which shall, in the aggregate, be signed by both parties. Each counterpart shall be deemed an original as against the party that has signed it. In the event of any disparity between counterparts produced, the recorded counterpart shall be controlling.
B17.6 References to Statutes and Rules
Except as otherwise specifically provided, any references in this Easement to any statute or rule shall be deemed to be a reference to such statute or rule in existence at the time the action is taken or the event occurs.
B17.7 Adherence to Applicable Law
Any activity pertaining to or use of the Easement Premises or Qualifying Timber shall be consistent with applicable federal, state, or local law including chapter 76.09 RCW, the Forest Practices Act, chapter 36.70A RCW, the Growth Management Act, chapter 90.58 RCW, the Shoreline Management Act, chapter 77.55 RCW, Construction Projects in State Waters Act ("Hydraulics Code"), the Endangered Species Act (16 U.S.C. Sec. 1531, et seq.), and the Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. Sec. 1251, et seq.), and rules adopted pursuant to these statutes (including all rules adopted under Section 4(d) of the Endangered Species Act).))

(1) Forest practices application. Prior to submitting a forestry riparian easement application, the landowner must have an approved forest practices application or an application that was disapproved because of forests and fish rule restrictions.

(2) Forestry riparian easement application. The landowner will provide the following ((items are required for)) information in a ((complete)) forestry riparian easement application:

(a) ((A certification by the small forest landowner that he or she meets the qualifications of a small forest landowner;)) County tax parcel numbers of the property in the proposed easement premises;

(b) A list of all forest practices application numbers ((for the commercially reasonable harvest units and the associated qualifying timber on the property)) of approved and/or disapproved forest practices applications;

(c) The ((dates and areas of all planned future harvest entries on the easement premises;)) landowner's signature certifying that the landowner meets the criteria of a qualifying small forest landowner and documenting that the landowner is willing to sell or donate such easements to the state; and

(d) ((A preliminary litigation guarantee or similar report from a title company for the tax parcels that contain the easement premises;

(e) A description of past and current uses of the easement premises;

(f) Any information not specifically listed that the small forest landowner office needs to evaluate the easement and eligibility of the small forest landowner.)) Documentation that qualifying timber is harvested, cannot be harvested because of forests and fish rule restrictions, or is uneconomic to harvest because of forests and fish rule restrictions. See WAC 222-21-032 for additional information about these eligibility criteria.

The small forest landowner office may require additional information from the applicant to process the application and evaluate the eligibility of the proposed easement premises and the landowner.

(3) Baseline documentation. The small forest landowner office will gather baseline documentation ((must)) that will describe the features and current uses on the proposed forestry riparian easement premises and the qualifying timber. The ((information provided by the small forest landowner in subsection (2) of this section is considered part of the baseline)) documentation((. In addition, the department will provide documentation that includes, but is not limited to)) will include but not be limited to:

(a) A summary of cruise information consistent with the standards and methods in WAC 222-21-040; and

(b) An assessment to determine site condition and potential liabilities associated with the proposed riparian easement (((see the board manual section 17 for procedures for conducting assessment); and

(c) A description of the easement consistent with WAC 222-21-035)) premises.

(4) Forestry riparian easement contract. The forestry riparian easement contract will identify the parties, describe the land, locate the easement, state the terms and conditions, and provide a statement of consideration. The contract will include language consistent with RCW 76.13.120(5) concerning the preservation of all lawful uses of the easement premises by the landowner. The easement will be for a term of fifty years from the date the completed forestry riparian easement application is submitted to and received by the small forest landowner office.

(5) Land description standards.

(a) The forestry riparian easement contract will include a description of the easement premises using a land survey provided by the department unless the cost of securing the survey would be unreasonable in relation to the value of the easement conveyed.

(b) When the small forest landowner office determines a land survey is not required, the department will prepare a written description that suitably and accurately depicts the location of the easement conveyed, or the department may consider other methods, such as producing a map, to accurately describe the easement premises.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 76.09.040. 05-12-119, 222-21-030, filed 5/31/05, effective 7/1/05. Statutory Authority: RCW 76.09.040, 76.09.370, chapters 76.13 and 34.05 RCW. 03-06-039, 222-21-030, filed 2/26/03, effective 3/29/03. Statutory Authority: Chapter 34.05 RCW, RCW 76.09.040, [76.09.]050, [76.09.]370, 76.13.120(9). 01-12-042, 222-21-030, filed 5/30/01, effective 7/1/01.]


NEW SECTION
WAC 222-21-031   Forestry riparian easement application review and processing.   After the small forest landowner office makes a preliminary determination of eligibility:

(1) The department will verify the timber harvest associated with the easement is complete.

(2) The department will submit the list of eligible projects to the state legislature for budget approval.

(3) The landowner or the landowner's representative will mark the boundary of the area containing the qualifying timber.

(4) The department will verify eligibility of qualifying timber.

(5) The department will perform a timber cruise on the qualifying timber to establish the compensation value.

(6) The department will inform the landowner in writing of the easement value. All compensation and reimbursement is subject to available funding.

(7) If an application is ineligible, the department will notify the landowner in writing the reasons why. The department will return ineligible applications to landowners.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 222-21-032   Eligibility criteria.   (1) Qualifying small forest landowners must complete a timber harvest to be eligible for a forestry riparian easement, unless a commercially reasonable harvest is not possible according to subsection (5) of this section or the only timber available to harvest meets the criteria of uneconomic to harvest according to subsection (6) of this section.

(2) The easement premises cannot contain unacceptable liabilities as determined by the small forest landowner office. Unacceptable liabilities include, but are not limited to, the presence of hazardous substances on the land or other conditions that may create a liability to the department, any existing uses of the property that may jeopardize the protection of the easement premises and qualifying timber, and situations in which the applicant is unwilling or unable to provide reasonable protection against financial loss to the state.

(3) Where more than one person has an interest in property to be covered by a forestry riparian easement, all persons holding rights to control or affect the easement premises and qualifying timber must execute the easement documents or otherwise subordinate their interest to the easement being acquired by the state. This includes tenants in common, joint tenants, holders of reversionary interests, lien holders, and mortgages.

(4) Commercially reasonable harvest. The small forest landowner office will consider the following criteria to determine if an area covered by a forest practices application involves a commercially reasonable harvest. The proposed harvest must meet all five of the following requirements:

(a) The harvest unit is immediately adjacent to or physically connected to qualifying timber;

(b) The application is for a forest practice involving a timber harvest and the harvest would not result in a conversion to a use other than commercial timber operation;

(c) The landowner is not eligible for the twenty acre exemption under WAC 222-30-023;

(d) The value of the timber in the harvest unit, excluding qualifying timber, equals or exceeds one thousand dollars, which is the minimum required by department of revenue for taxing purposes; and

(e) The value of the taxable harvest equals or exceeds the value of the qualifying timber established under WAC 222-21-045 unless otherwise approved by the small forest landowner office.

(5) Commercially reasonable harvest is not possible. The small forest landowner office will consider the following criteria to determine if a forest practices application for harvest may qualify for the forestry riparian easement program because it involves an area where a commercially reasonable harvest is not possible. The proposed harvest must meet all four of the following requirements:

(a) The forest practices application has been disapproved because the area covered by the application cannot be harvested due to forests and fish rule restrictions;

(b) The forest practices application involves a proposed timber harvest and the harvest would not result in a conversion to a use other than commercial timber operation;

(c) The landowner is not eligible for the twenty acre exemption under WAC 222-30-023; and

(d) The value of the qualifying timber equals or exceeds one thousand dollars, which is the minimum required by the department of revenue for taxing purposes.

(6) Uneconomic to harvest. The small forest landowner office will consider the following criteria to determine whether timber is qualifying timber because the forests and fish rules made it uneconomic to harvest. The proposed harvest must meet all four of the following requirements:

(a) The timber could have been included in a commercially reasonable harvest unit if there were no additional requirements imposed by the forests and fish rules;

(b) The area is not reasonably accessible economically because of requirements imposed by the forests and fish rules;

(c) There is no reasonable unit size alternative which, if used, would make the area economical to harvest; and

(d) The cost to access the harvest unit plus the cost to harvest would equal or exceed thirty-five percent of the stumpage value in the portion of the unit considered uneconomic. The small forest landowner office will determine these costs and values consistent with WAC 222-21-045. Costs include harvest, construction of nonpermanent roads and/or water crossing structures, and associated expenses. When using the small harvester tax return method to calculate stumpage values and allowable costs, the landowner may include actual timber appraisal and sale layout costs incurred as part of the cost calculations.

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AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 03-06-039, filed 2/26/03, effective 3/29/03)

WAC 222-21-040   Timber cruises.   (1) This section ((is designed to establish methods and standards for cruises of qualifying timber for the proposed forestry riparian easements for purposes of establishing the compensation. It)) applies only to timber cruises related to the ((department, small forest landowners, and the small forest landowner office in connection with the)) forestry riparian easement program to establish easement compensation.

(2) ((The following standards will be used for the)) A timber cruise((s:)) is required to determine the volume by species and grade to accurately determine the value of the qualifying timber.

(a) ((The purpose of the timber cruise is to determine the volume by species and grade sufficient to value the qualifying timber.

(b) Additional trees left voluntarily by the small forest landowner may be noted, but are not included in the cruise volume.

(c))) The cruise method will be a ((100)) one hundred percent inventory of qualifying timber on the proposed easement premises. The inventory will include species, diameter class, grade, and any other information necessary to determine ((valuation of)) a value for the ((easement)) qualifying timber. (((See the board manual for specific cruise standards.)

(d))) (b) A sampling cruise method may be used ((for easement premises)) under certain circumstances((. (See the board manual section 17 for standards for sampling cruise method.))) such as where easement premises are greater than ten acres or where the forest trees are homogeneous.

(3) Additional trees left voluntarily by the small forest landowner may be noted but will not be included in the cruise volume.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 76.09.040, 76.09.370, chapters 76.13 and 34.05 RCW. 03-06-039, 222-21-040, filed 2/26/03, effective 3/29/03. Statutory Authority: Chapter 34.05 RCW, RCW 76.09.040, [76.09.]050, [76.09.]370, 76.13.120(9). 01-12-042, 222-21-040, filed 5/30/01, effective 7/1/01.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 03-06-039, filed 2/26/03, effective 3/29/03)

WAC 222-21-045   Valuation.   (1) ((This section is designed to establish methods and standards for valuation of forestry riparian easements for purposes of establishing the compensation. It applies only to the department, small forest landowners, and the small forest landowner office in connection with the forestry riparian easement program.

(2))) The small forest landowner office will calculate the ((fair market value of the)) compensation amount for forestry riparian easements ((as of the date of receipt of the forest practices application associated with the qualifying timber, or the date the landowner provides written notification to the small forest landowner office that the harvest is to begin. Data obtained or maintained by the department of revenue under RCW 84.33.074 and 84.33.091 will be used and adjusted to the applicable date. For easements with an approved forest practices application, the small forest landowner must indicate whether valuation will be calculated using method (a) or (b) of this subsection. Only method (a) of this subsection is available for qualifying timber for which an approved application for timber harvest cannot be obtained because of restrictions under the forest practices rules under WAC 222-21-061. In either method (a) or (b) of this subsection, the time adjustment index will be based on log price changes. The small forest landowner office will determine the specific log species and/or sorts and the log price reporting service to use after consultation with the small forest landowner advisory committee established under RCW 76.13.110(4) and the department of revenue. The small forest landowner office will generate an index that reflects the time adjustments using information and data obtained from a log price reporting service determined by the department in consultation with the small forest landowner committee)) by determining a value for the qualifying timber. The office will use data gathered from or adjusted to the date the office received the complete forestry riparian easement application. The office will use the stumpage value determination method described in (a) of this subsection for qualifying timber that cannot be harvested because of forests and fish rule restrictions. For qualifying timber approved for harvest, the office will use both the stumpage value determination method and the small harvester tax return method to determine the highest compensation amount for the landowner.

(a) Stumpage value determination method. The small forest landowner office will create and maintain value tables to determine stumpage value of the qualifying timber. These tables will be created using a method coordinated with the department of revenue. The values will closely approximate the stumpage value for logs ((that would be sold in the ordinary course of business for)) on the date ((of receipt of)) the ((forest practices)) office received a complete forestry riparian easement application. The landowner ((must)) will provide ((the small forest landowner office with)):

(i) The reference for the stumpage value table and any other needed information for use of the table (((see the board manual section 17 for details))); and

(ii) Any information the ((small forest)) landowner would like the ((department)) office to consider in its cruise and valuation of the qualifying timber.

(b) Small harvester tax return method.

(i) The landowner must provide comprehensive mill or buyer information ((to the department on the sale breakdown. This includes:

(i) The volume and scaling bureau log grades of each species harvested;

(ii) The amount received for each species; and

(iii) The actual harvesting and marketing costs as defined in the department of revenue small harvester instructions.)) for each harvest unit associated with the forestry riparian easement including:

(A) The delivered value by species;

(B) The total volume by species; and

(C) The actual harvesting and marketing costs as defined in the department of revenue small harvester instructions.

This information must be verifiable as proceeds from the timber harvests from documents such as mill receipts and/or forest excise tax returns. If the small forest landowner office does not receive a comprehensive packet of mill or buyer information or is not satisfied with the source of the documentation, the office will determine the qualifying timber value using the stumpage value determination method.

(ii) The office will use a time adjustment index to determine the qualifying timber value based on the date the office received the complete forestry riparian easement application. The office will generate a time adjustment index for each harvest associated with the easement based on log price changes.

(iii) The ((price received for the timber is)) office will determine the adjusted ((to the applicable date using the time adjustment index and then)) stumpage value by subtracting the average logging and hauling cost per thousand board feet (MBF) ((is subtracted to arrive at the stumpage value)) from the value of the time adjusted mill or buyer information. The office will then determine the value of the qualifying timber ((is determined)) by multiplying the time adjusted stumpage value of each species in the harvest unit by the net volume for each corresponding species in the inventory of qualifying timber. ((A residual value approach is used to determine the value of species in the easement, which are not present in the harvest area. The prices for species not present in the harvest unit are based on the delivered log price report approved by the small forest landowner office that corresponds closest to the date of the forest practices application, minus the average logging and hauling costs.

(3) Removal of any qualifying timber before the expiration of the easement must be in accordance with the forest practices rules and the terms of the easement. There shall be no reduction in compensation for reentry.))

(iv) The timber species that exist in the easement premises will be valued, not the species in the harvest area. The timber species in the easement premises will be valued by multiplying the determined cruise volume by the appropriate stumpage value of those species shown on the appropriate table used for timber harvest excise tax purposes per RCW 84.33.091.

(2) Determining the forestry riparian easement compensation. The small forest landowner office uses a "high impact regulatory threshold" to calculate the compensation offered for a forestry riparian easement. This threshold is determined by multiplying the value of all timber covered under a forest practices application by 19.1 percent for timber in western Washington and 12.2 percent for timber in eastern Washington.

(a) When the percentage of the qualifying timber value to the total value of all timber covered under a forest practices application is equal to or less than the applicable high impact regulatory threshold (19.1 percent or 12.2 percent), the compensation offered for an easement will be fifty percent of the qualifying timber value.

(b) When the percentage of the qualifying timber value to the total value of all timber covered under a forest practices application exceeds the applicable high impact regulatory threshold (19.1 percent or 12.2 percent), the compensation offered for an easement will be more than fifty percent of the qualifying timber value up to the applicable high impact regulatory threshold, plus full compensation (one hundred percent) for the qualifying timber value that exceeds the high impact regulatory threshold. This is mathematically represented as follows:



Where:
Vq = the value of qualifying timber;
Vh = the value of harvested timber; and
t = the high impact of regulatory threshold (19.1 percent for western Washington, 12.2 percent for eastern Washington);
The compensation for easement = ((Vq/(Vq + Vh)) - t) * (Vq + Vh)) + (t * (Vq + Vh)/2).

[Statutory Authority: RCW 76.09.040, 76.09.370, chapters 76.13 and 34.05 RCW. 03-06-039, 222-21-045, filed 2/26/03, effective 3/29/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 76.09.040, chapters 76.13, 34.05 RCW. 02-05-084, 222-21-045, filed 2/20/02, effective 3/23/02. Statutory Authority: Chapter 34.05 RCW, RCW 76.09.040, [76.09.]050, [76.09.]370, 76.13.120(9). 01-12-042, 222-21-045, filed 5/30/01, effective 7/1/01.]


NEW SECTION
WAC 222-21-048   Reimbursement of costs to the small forest landowner.   The state of Washington will reimburse landowners for actual costs incurred toward identifying qualifying timber. Costs can include one or more of the following:

(1) Determining and marking streamside buffers;

(2) Marking the qualifying timber; and

(3) The cost of the portion of a geotechnical report that is applicable to the area determined to contain qualifying timber.

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AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 08-24-011, filed 11/21/08, effective 12/22/08)

WAC 222-21-050   Payment of compensation and reimbursement to the small forest landowner.   (1) ((The compensation offered to the small forest landowner will be 50% of the fair market value of the qualifying timber established under the process described in WAC 222-21-045, plus the compliance and reimbursement costs, subject to the following exceptions:

(a) If the high impact regulatory threshold is exceeded for an area covered by an approved forest practices application, then the compensation offered will be increased to 100% for the value of the qualifying timber where the high impact regulatory threshold is exceeded. Use the following calculation:


((Where:
Vq = value of qualifying timber;
Vh = value of harvested timber;
t = high impact of regulatory threshold (19.1% for Western Washington, 12.2% for Eastern Washington);
TV = total value of all timber covered under FPA = Vq + Vh; and
HIO - high impact override = (Vq/TV) - t; ))

((STRICKEN GRAPHIC
STRICKEN GRAPHIC))

((See Section 17 of board manual for example.

(b))) All compensation and reimbursement to the small forest landowner is subject to available funding.

(2) If funding is not available, the small forest landowner office will maintain a priority list for compensation and reimbursement to the landowner. Priority will be based on (((a))) the date ((of receipt of forest practices application and (b) date of receipt of completed harvest status questionnaire.

(3) Reimbursement costs for easement layout are subject to the work being acceptable to the department. The small forest landowner office shall determine how the reimbursement costs will be calculated. The small forest landowner office will send the small forest landowner a notice of compensation decision within 60 days of completion of the timber cruise.

(4) Compensation for a forestry riparian easement associated with an approved forest practices application will not be paid until:

(a) The department has documented completion of harvest;

(b) The department has verified that there has been compliance with the rules requiring leave trees in the easement area;

(c) Any dispute over the amount of compensation or eligibility or other matter involving the forestry riparian easement has been resolved; and

(d) The forestry riparian easement has been executed and delivered to the department.

(5))) the small forest landowner office received the complete forestry riparian easement application. In instances where two easement applications are received on the same date, priority will be based on the date the department received a complete forest practices application associated with the easement.

(3) The small forest landowner office will offer compensation for the easement in a purchase and sale agreement. The small forest landowner will accept or reject the conditions of the purchase and sale agreement in writing and submit the written acceptance or rejection to the small forest landowner office.

(4) Compensation for ((a)) the forestry riparian easement ((for which an approved forest practices application for timber harvest cannot be obtained because of restrictions under these rules adopted under RCW 76.09.055 or 76.09.370)) and reimbursement of landowner costs will ((not)) be paid ((until)) after:

(a) The department has verified that ((there has been compliance with)) the landowner has no outstanding violations under chapters 76.09 or 76.13 RCW or any associated forest practices rules ((requiring leave trees in the easement area)); ((and))

(b) Any dispute over the amount of compensation or eligibility or other matter involving the ((forestry riparian)) easement has been resolved; and

(c) The small forest landowner office has sent a forestry riparian easement ((has been executed and)) contract to the landowner, the landowner has signed the contract, and the landowner has delivered it to the department.

(5) Compensation for any qualifying timber located on potentially unstable slopes or landforms will not exceed a total of fifty thousand dollars during any biennial funding period.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 76.09.040. 08-24-011, 222-21-050, filed 11/21/08, effective 12/22/08. Statutory Authority: RCW 76.09.040, 76.09.370, chapters 76.13 and 34.05 RCW. 03-06-039, 222-21-050, filed 2/26/03, effective 3/29/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 76.09.040, chapters 76.13, 34.05 RCW. 02-05-084, 222-21-050, filed 2/20/02, effective 3/23/02. Statutory Authority: Chapter 34.05 RCW, RCW 76.09.040, [76.09.]050, [76.09.]370, 76.13.120(9). 01-12-042, 222-21-050, filed 5/30/01, effective 7/1/01.]


NEW SECTION
WAC 222-21-055   Reimbursement to the department.   If, within the first ten years after receipt of compensation for a forestry riparian easement, a small forest landowner sells the land on which a forestry riparian easement is located to a landowner that does not meet the criteria for a qualifying small forest landowner, then the selling small forest landowner must reimburse the state for the full compensation received for the easement and the full amount of the costs incurred to identify the qualifying timber.

If the land on which the easement is located consists of multiple land parcels and the selling small forest landowner sells parcels that consist of only a portion of the easement, the small forest landowner office will calculate the reimbursement amount. The calculation will be based on the ratio of qualifying timber volume within the portion of the easement on the land that is sold to the total volume of qualifying timber. The selling small forest landowner must make full payment for this reimbursement within one year of sale of the land the easement occupies. The department will continue to hold, in the name of the state, the forestry riparian easement for the full term of the easement.

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AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 01-12-042, filed 5/30/01, effective 7/1/01)

WAC 222-21-070   Blowdown and salvage.   After execution of a forestry riparian easement, qualifying timber may not be salvaged((, including removal of blowdown,)) without prior written permission from the department. Prior to removal, the small forest landowner office and the ((small forest)) landowner must negotiate the terms of removal and reimbursement to the state, if any. Qualifying timber that blows down off the easement premises that presents a nuisance may be moved back onto the easement premises without permission from the department.

[Statutory Authority: Chapter 34.05 RCW, RCW 76.09.040, [76.09.]050, [76.09.]370, 76.13.120(9). 01-12-042, 222-21-070, filed 5/30/01, effective 7/1/01.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 01-12-042, filed 5/30/01, effective 7/1/01)

WAC 222-21-080   Eminent domain.   If a forestry riparian easement is taken, in whole or in part, by exercise of the power of eminent domain, or acquired by purchase in lieu of condemnation, the state will receive compensation for its remaining interest in the easement based upon the following formula:


Where:
C(( - Is)) = the compensation to the department for the state's remaining interest in the easement;
O(( - Is)) = the original compensation for the easement paid to the small forest landowner by the state;
P(( - Is)) = the proportion of the forestry riparian easement extinguished or terminated;
CPIo(( - Is)) = the ((U.S.)) Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers as published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the month in which the original compensation was determined;
CPIc(( - Is)) = the ((U.S.)) Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers as published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the most recent month available at the time the easement is terminated or extinguished;
I(( - Is)) = the rate of return on 30 year treasury bonds, as reported by the Federal Reserve Statistical Release H15 less the rate of increase in the Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers as published by the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics for the previous 12 months;
R(( - Is)) = the number of years remaining on the easement at the time of extinguishment or termination((.));
C = *P*(CPIc/CPIo)*(1-(1/(1+I)((∧R))R))/(1-1/(1+I)((∧50))50)).

[Statutory Authority: Chapter 34.05 RCW, RCW 76.09.040, [76.09.]050, [76.09.]370, 76.13.120(9). 01-12-042, 222-21-080, filed 5/30/01, effective 7/1/01.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 01-12-042, filed 5/30/01, effective 7/1/01)

WAC 222-21-090   Internal department of natural resources review of small forest landowner office ((compensation)) decisions.   ((Within 30 days after the date of the notice of compensation decision, the small forest landowner may submit a written request for review to the supervisor of the department or his or her designee. The request for review must identify the issue being raised and provide any supporting documentation. The supervisor will issue a written response within 30 days.)) Any person who wishes to appeal written decisions of the small forest landowner office pertaining to application eligibility, easement valuation, and related decisions may submit a request for review within thirty days after the date of the small forest landowner office's written decision. The request for review must identify the issue being raised and provide any supporting documentation. The supervisor of the department or designee will issue a written response within thirty days of receipt of the request for review and this response will constitute the department's final decision.

[Statutory Authority: Chapter 34.05 RCW, RCW 76.09.040, [76.09.]050, [76.09.]370, 76.13.120(9). 01-12-042, 222-21-090, filed 5/30/01, effective 7/1/01.]


REPEALER

     The following sections of the Washington Administrative Code are repealed:
WAC 222-21-020 Criteria for accepting riparian easement.
WAC 222-21-035 Description of easement.
WAC 222-21-060 Commercially reasonable harvest.
WAC 222-21-061 Criteria when commercially reasonable harvest is not possible.
WAC 222-21-065 Uneconomic to harvest.

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