January 22, 2009
Contact: Princess Jackson-Smith, 360-902-1066
DNR Offers Help to Small Forest Landowners Who Suffered Storm Damage
Local landowner assistance foresters are available statewide
OLYMPIA – The recent winter storms brought dramatic snowfall, high winds, and heavy rainfall that caused flooding in many of Washington’s watersheds. Small forest landowners who suffered storm damage can obtain advice on repairing damaged forest roads, cleaning up wind-damaged timber, replanting snow-damaged plantations, and many other forest practices, through the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Small Forest Landowner Office.
Landowners who harvest less than two million board feet of timber per year are eligible for the program. On-site consultation is available to owners of five or more forested acres.
DNR encourages small forest landowners to inspect their property, paying special attention to damaged roads and stream crossings. Several water bars and relief culverts were also overwhelmed and potentially damaged. Landowners should use extreme caution while inspecting their properties as trees may have fallen across roadways and some leaning trees and limbs will be on the verge of falling.
Forest Stewardship Plans
DNR’s landowner assistance foresters are available throughout the year to assist landowners with general information on forest management and to help them create Forest Stewardship Plans.
These plans identify the owner’s land management goals and objectives, such as wildlife enhancement, timer harvesting, and wildfire protection.
Eastern Washington landowners can work with a DNR landowner assistance forester to receive cost-share for certain management practices associated with their plan. The Forest Stewardship Program partners with Washington State University Extension to offer courses throughout the year, including a course on writing a stewardship plan. Landowners with stewardship plans may be eligible for financial assistance from other agencies such as the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).
For more information, go to http://www.dnr.wa.gov .
DNR Landowner Assistance Foresters
Northeast Region Office: (509) 684-7474
Counties: Ferry, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, and the northern half of Lincoln
Northwest Region Office: (360) 856-3500
Counties: Island, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, and Whatcom
Olympic Region Office: (360) 374-6131
Counties: Clallam, Jefferson, and the northwest portion of Grays Harbor
Pacific Cascade Region Office: (360) 577-2025
Counties: Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis, Pacific, Skamania, Thurston, Wahkiakum, and the southeast portion of Grays Harbor
Southeast Region Office: (509) 925-8510
Counties: Adams, Asotin, Benton, Chelan, Columbia, Douglas, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lincoln, Walla Walla, Whitman, and Yakima
South Puget Region Office: (360) 825-1631
Counties: King, Kitsap, Mason, Pierce, and parts of Snohomish
Caring for your natural resources. . .now and forever
DNR manages more than 5.6 million acres of state-owned forest, range, commercial, agricultural, conservation, and aquatic lands. These lands include 125,000 acres of Natural Areas that protect rare and threatened species, as well as high-quality examples of the native ecosystems and landscapes of Washington.
The department also provides wildfire protection for 12.7 million acres of private and state-owned forestlands; administers Forest Practices rules and surface mine reclamation on state and private lands; gives technical assistance for forestry and mining; and provides financial and grant assistance to local communities and individuals. DNR is administered by Peter Goldmark, the 13th Commissioner of Public Lands since statehood in 1889 and the first from Eastern Washington.
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