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.
New Forestry Riparian Easement Application
As of August 25, 2014, a new application is now being accepted for the Forestry Riparian Easement Program. This new, one page application replaces the old, two step application that included a form called a Harvest Status Questionnaire. The Harvest Status Questionnaire is no longer required to apply to this program. The new application is accepted after a timber harvest has been completed, or if no harvest can be completed because of harvest rule restrictions, after a Forest Practices Application has been received by DNR.
The old application form will not be accepted after September 1, 2014.
The new application can be found by clicking here , or you may apply online by clicking here.
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
area 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
- Own your property free and clear of any liens
- Submit a Forest Practice Application before
the harvest begins
- Complete harvest
- Contact the FREP Specialist to see if you're eligible:
- Submit FREP Application
- DNR estimates the value of the easement based
on the value of the trees left in the riparian buffer
- When funding becomes available the acquisition
- Compensation is paid in one lump sum and
a 50-year easement is placed on your land
Questions about FREP? Call Dan Pomerenk at 360-902-1427 or firstname.lastname@example.org