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March 17, 2012

Public hearings on Forestry Riparian Easement Program proposed rules changes
Program compensates small forest landowners for impact of state forestry riparian protection regulations

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Forest Practices Board (FPB) will hold two public hearings regarding proposed changes to state’s Forestry Riparian Easement Program rule. At each of the hearings, the Forest Practices Board will take public comment on the proposed rule changes and the economic analysis.

Who:  Forest Practices Board
What: Public hearings on proposed rule changes

When:  

 

 

 

 

 

March 27, 2012
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Spokane Public Library
906 West Main, Room 1A
Spokane, WA 99201

March 29, 2012
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Centralia College
420 W. Walnut, Hanson Board Room
Centralia, WA 98531

Why: 

The public is invited to comment on the proposed changes to Chapter 222-21 WAC (Washington Administrative Code), which guides small forest landowners’ forestry activities on their lands.

Comment deadline is March 30, 2012
Send written comments no later than March 30, 2012, to:
          Patricia Anderson, FPB Rules Coordinator
          Department of Natural Resources Forest Practices Division
          PO Box 47012
          Olympia, WA 98504-7012

Or      E-mail: forest.practicesboard@dnr.wa.gov
          Fax: 360-902-1428

For assistance for persons with disabilities contact:
Forest Practices Division
360-902-1400 or TDD: 360-902-1125

Proposed changes
The proposal will amend Chapter 222-21 WAC, Small Forest Landowner Forestry Riparian Easement Program, to modify rules according to recent changes in law. The proposed rules include changes in eligibility and compensation criteria, as well as clarifications throughout the chapter including those related to documentation, application, and valuation.

Web link
The direct link to information about the upcoming hearings and the proposed rule changes is:
www.dnr.wa.gov/BusinessPermits/Topics/ForestPracticesRules/Pages/fp_rules_activity.aspx

Protecting the public’s natural resources
Along with the state land management roles, DNR administers the state Forest Practices Rules on 12 million acres of private and state-owned forestlands, regulates surface mining reclamation and forest debris burning, and provides wildfire protection for 12.7 million acres of tribal, private, and state-owned forests.

Media Contact: Bob Redling, Senior Communications Manager, 360-902-1149; Bob.Redling@dnr.wa.gov  

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