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Forestry Riparian Easement Program 
 

Forestry Riparian Easement Program
The Forestry Riparian Easement Program compensates eligible small forest landowners in exchange for a 50-year easement on “qualifying timber.” This is the timber the landowner is required to leave unharvested as a result of forest practices rules protecting Washington’s forests and fish. Landowners cannot cut or remove the qualifying timber during the easement period. The landowner still owns the property and retains full access, but has “leased” the trees and their associated riparian function to the state.

Updates from the Forestry Riparian Easement Program
FREP Permanent Funding Source
At the request of the Washington State Legislature, DNR has been tasked to investigate potential permanent funding sources for FREP. Public meetings have been held to initiate a conversation with relevant stakeholders on the subject. Information from public meetings can be found on the FREP Permanent Funding Source page. A report of the recommendations was sent to the legislature on May 31, 2012. The report can be viewed by clicking here.

 

Who is eligiable for FREP?How does it work? 

You may qualify if you are an eligible small
forest landowner and:

  • Own either a parcel larger than 20
    contiguous acres or more than 80 forested
    acrea in Washington State
  • Harvest less than 2 million board feet of
    timber on average per year
  • Complete a timber harvest next to a stream,
    river, wetland, lake, or pond
  • Your harvest does not convert the qualifying
    land to a use incompatible with growing
    timber
  • Own your property free and clear of any liens
    or mortgages

 

  • Contact the FREP Program Specialist, Dan
    Pomerenk at 360-902-1427
  • Submit a Forest Practice Application before
    the harvest begins
  • Complete a timber harvest
  • Submit FREP Application
  • DNR estimates the value of the qualifying
    timber using your mill receipts of Department
    of Revenue tables
  • When funding becomes available begin
    acquisition process
  • DNR's Small Forest Landowner Office sends
    you an offer letter
  • Compensation is paid in one lump sum and
    a 50-year easement is placed on your land
    title

Questions about FREP? Call Dan Pomerenk at 360-902-1427 or dan.pomerenk@dnr.wa.gov

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 Contacts

Small Forest Landowner Office
PO BOX 47012
Olympia, WA 98504-7012
360-902-1415
Fax 360-902-1428
sflo@dnr.wa.gov

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