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Forest Practices Board Manual 
Forest Practices Board 

Board Manual Overview

The Forest Practices Board Manual is an advisory technical supplement to the forest practices rules, Title 222 WAC.

The Forest Practices Board adopts rules that set standards for forest practices such as timber harvest, pre-commercial thinning, road construction, fertilization, and forest chemical application. (See Forest Practices Rules and Forest Practices Rule Making Activity.)

The 1974 Forest Practices Act established the Forest Practices Board. The Board is an independent state agency chaired by the Commissioner of Public Lands or his designee. DNR provides staff support to the Board and implements and enforces the forest practices rules.

Board Manual Development and Review
Before the Forest Practices Board approves changes to sections of the Forest Practices Board Manual, stakeholders and the public are invited to review them and submit comments. For more information and to review recent proposed changes please visit our Forest Practices Board Manual Development page.

Forest Practices Board Manual

To download a section of the board manual, right-click on the link, select "save target as" or "save as" from the short-cut menu and save the file to your computer. Then open the file using Adobe Acrobat Reader, not the browser. 

Download all sections combined:
Forest Practices Board Manual  (11,693KB  PDF)

Download individual sections:
Cover & Table of Contents (24KB  PDF)

Section 1 Method for Determination of Adequate Shade Requirements on Streams (33KB  PDF)

Section 2 Standard Methods for Identifying Bankfull Channel Features and Channel Migration Zones (2,799KB  PDF)

Section 3 Guidelines for Forest Roads (Effective 12/30/2013) (1,576KB  PDF)

Section 4 Guidelines for Clearing Slash and Debris from Type Np and Ns Water (Effective 12/30/2013) (14KB  PDF)

Section 5 Guidelines for Forest Practices Hydraulic Projects (Effective 12/30/2013) (2,469KB  PDF)

Section 6 Guidelines for Determining Acceptable Stocking Levels (48KB  PDF)

Section 7 Guidelines for Riparian Management Zones(RMZ) (Measuring Widths and Tree Counts) (806KB  PDF)

Section 8 Guidelines for Wetland Delineation (113KB  PDF)

Section 9 Guidelines for Wetland Replacement by Substitution or Enhancement (37KB  PDF)

Section 10 Non-Native Wetland Plant Species (40KB  PDF)

Section 11 Standard Methodology for Conducting Watershed Analysis (97KB  PDF)

Section 12 Guidance for Application of Forest Chemicals (34KB  PDF)

Section 13 Guidelines for Determining Fish Use for the Purpose of Typing Waters Under WAC 222-16-031 (51KB  PDF)

Section 14 Survey Protocol for Marbled Murrelets (11KB  PDF)

Section 15 Guidelines for Estimating the Number of Marbled Murrelet Nesting Platforms (511KB  PDF)

Section 16 Guidelines for Evaluating Potentially Unstable Slopes and Landforms (2,943KB  PDF)

Section 17 Guidelines for the Small Forest Landowner Forestry Riparian Easement Program (30KB  PDF)

Section 18 Guidelines for Rivers and Habitat Open Space Program (30KB  PDF)

Section 19 Guidelines for Hardwood Conversion (30KB  PDF)

Section 20 Guidelines for Financial Assurances (30KB  PDF)

Section 21 Guidelines for Alternate Plans (Effective 12/30/2013) (212KB  PDF)

Section 22 Guidelines for Adaptive Management Program (446KB  PDF)

Section 23 Guidelines for Field Protocol to Locate Mapped Divisions Between Stream Types & Perennial Stream Identification (30KB  PDF)

Section 24 Guidelines for the Interim Modification of Bull Trout Habitat Overlay (30KB  PDF)

Section 25 Guidelines for Bull Trout Presence Survey Protocol  (30KB  PDF)

Section 26 Guidelines for Large Woody Debris Placement Strategies (Effective 12/30/2013) (179KB  PDF)


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Forest Practices Board
1111 Washington St. SE, PO Box 47012
Olympia, WA 98504-7012
Fax 360-902-1428


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fp_rules_76.09.pdf  Forest Practices Act - Chapter 76.09 RCW  (273KB  PDF)