The Forest Practices Board is an independent state agency chaired by the Commissioner of Public Lands or his designee. The Lands Commissioner administers the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
The Forest Practices Board was established by the 1974 Forest Practices Act. Its job is to adopt rules that set standards for forest practices such as timber harvests, pre-commercial thinning, road construction, and forest chemical applications. The rules protect public resources such as water quality and fish habitat while maintaining a viable timber industry.
The Board also provides a Forest Practices Board Manual as a technical supplement to the rules. DNR provides staff support to this board and implements and enforces the forest practices rules the board adopts.
The Forest Practices Act sets this board’s regular quarterly meetings to occur on the second Wednesday of February, May, August, and November. Special meetings may be called anytime by the chair or by a majority of the board.
(view agendas and minutes)
(view board membership - 17KB PDF)
By law, this board has 13 members:
- Commissioner of Public Lands (or designee), who serves as board chair
- Director, Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development (or designee)
- Director, Department of Ecology (or designee)
- Director, Department of Agriculture (or designee)
- Director, Department of Fish and Wildlife (or designee)
- Elected member of a county commission or council (who is appointed to the board by the governor)
- One member representing a timber products union (who is appointed to the board by the governor)
- Six members of the general public appointed by the governor. By law, at least one of these general public members must be a small forest landowner who actively manages his or her land, and one must be an independent logging contractor.
The six members appointed by the governor serve four-year terms on the board.
(view member terms - 17KB PDF)