The Forest Practices Rules establish standards for forest practices such as timber harvest, pre-commercial thinning, road construction, fertilization, and forest chemical application (Title 222 WAC). They give direction on how to implement the Forest Practices Act (chapter 76.09 RCW) and Stewardship of Non-industrial Forests and Woodlands (chapter 76.13 RCW). The rules are designed to protect public resources such as water quality and fish habitat while maintaining a viable timber industry. They are under constant review through the adaptive management program.
The Forest Practices Board, an independent state agency, adopts forest practices rules.
Rules involving water quality protection must be approved by the Department of Ecology prior to Forest Practices Board adoption.
TITLE 222 WAC - Forest Practices RuleS
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Download all chapters combined:
Title 222 WAC - Forest Practices Rules (updated 1/5/13) (5,437KB PDF)
Download individual chapters:
Forest Practices Rule Book Cover and Table of Contents (26KB PDF)
Chapter 222-08 WAC - Practices and Procedures (effective 1/5/13) (272KB PDF)
Chapter 222-10 WAC - State Environmental Policy Act Guidelines (246KB PDF)
Chapter 222-12 WAC - Policy and Organization (effective 1/5/13) (263KB PDF)
Chapter 222-16 WAC - Definitions (effective 1/5/13) (2,847KB PDF)
Chapter 222-20 WAC - Application and Notification (effective 1/5/13) (257KB PDF)
Chapter 222-21 WAC - Small Forest Landowner Forestry Riparian Easement Program (effective (6/22/12) (238KB PDF)
Chapter 222-22 WAC - Watershed Analysis (203KB PDF)
Chapter 222-23 WAC - Rivers and Habitat Open Space Program (35KB PDF)
Chapter 222-24 WAC - Road Construction and Maintenance (98KB PDF)
Chapter 222-30 WAC - Timber Harvesting (effective 3/18/12) (377KB PDF)
Chapter 222-34 WAC - Reforestation (135KB PDF)
Chapter 222-38 WAC - Forest Chemicals (57KB PDF)
Chapter 222-42 WAC - Supplemental Directives (40KB PDF)
Chapter 222-46 WAC - Consultation and Enforcement (155KB PDF)
Chapter 222-50 WAC - Relationship to Other Laws and Regulations (56KB PDF)
Rule book Index (189KB PDF)