Highlights of the FPHCP Implementation Since June 2006
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Highlights of the FPHCP Implementation Since June 2006 
 

Highlights of the FPHCP implementation since June 2006

  • On November 1, 2006, the Forest Practices Board (the Board) adopted a rule change to eliminate the option to use a default basin size to determine the demarcation between non-fish seasonal and non-fish perennial streams.  This needed change was processed through the Adaptive Management program.
  • The Forest Practices Division provided guidance to forest practices staff regarding protection on non-fish perennial streams (Np streams).  All forest practices applications (FPAs) with 20-acre exempt parcels require trees to be left according to Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 222-30-023(3) unless DNR determines the trees to be unnecessary for stream and riparian function.
  • The forest practices program began a series of field audits to evaluate the implementation of the forest practices program at the region level.
  • Since 2003, 450 fish passage barriers on small forestland ownership have been entered into the FFFPP and 122 have been repaired, opening up 266 miles of fish habitat.
  • Since 2001, there have been 1,819 structures on large forestland ownership fixed on fish habitat streams, opening up 982 miles of fish passage.
  • There were 111 non-conversion FPAs that used the 20-acre riparian exempt rules along fish-bearing waters.  There were no applications within the spawning and rearing habitat of delineated sensitive bull trout areas.
  • A methodology for tracking reduction in riparian function was developed for forest practices applications using the 20-acre exempt forest practices rules.
  • The Compliance Monitoring program completed the “Compliance Monitoring 2006 Field Season Interim Report” (Washington DNR 2006).  Eighty-one percent of the 278 total activities reviewed were in compliance with the forest practices rules.
  • Ninety seven percent of RMAPS (the planning component) are completed.
  • There were only 201 stop work orders and notices to comply written out of a total of 6,533 FPAs.
  • The forest practices program implemented the Forest Practices Risk Assessment Tool in June 2006.
  • DNR implemented the first annual statewide forest practices training for forest practice staff.
  • DNR published the 2007 edition of the Forest Practices Illustrated, a non-technical guide to the State’s most common rules for forestry operations.

 

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Forest Practices HCP Administrators
WA DNR Forest Practices Division
P.O. Box 47012 Olympia, WA 98504-7012
360-902-1409
Fax 360-902-1428
HCP_Administrator@dnr.wa.gov

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