Cultural Resources Assessment
On May 11, 2005, the Washington Forest Practices Board adopted watershed analysis cultural resources rules and approved the attached cultural resources module as part of Board Manual Section 11, Standard Methodology for Conducting Watershed Analysis, also known as the Watershed Analysis Manual. Effective July 1, 2005, a completed cultural resources module is a required part of the watershed analysis process described in chapter 222-22 WAC.
These rules and module do not take the place of other laws protecting cultural resources, including chapters 27.44 and 27.53 RCW.
The module is one part of the Cultural Resource Protection and Management Plan. The Plan was developed collaboratively by the Timber Fish and Wildlife Cultural Resources Committee, a multi-caucus group including tribes, forest landowners, and state agencies, in response to a Board request to fulfill commitments made in the 1999 Forests and Fish Report (FFR). The authors of the FFR recommended that a cultural resources watershed analysis module be created and a plan be written to “address relationships between landowners and affected Tribes and resolution of issues when cultural resource concerns arise in the course of forest practices planning or permitting.” (FFR, Appendix G and Appendix O, O.3)
The cultural resources module differs procedurally from the other watershed analysis modules. Most importantly,
- It was specifically designed for anyone to use outside the watershed analysis process to identify, protect, and manage cultural resources.
- It must include the participation of affected tribe(s) (see the module introduction, Using this methodology in formal watershed analysis).
- Voluntary management strategies, rather than regulatory prescriptions (as in other modules), are agreed to by the participating affected landowner(s), land manager(s), tribe(s), and in some cases the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation.
The Board encourages the use of the module outside the watershed analysis process to develop cooperative agreements with affected tribes to identify, manage, and protect cultural resources.
The most recent paper copy of the watershed analysis manual does not include the new cultural resources module. Please click below on Appendix J Cultural Resources to go directly to the new cultural resources module or click on Watershed Analysis Manual and go to Appendix J Cultural Resources.
Forest Practices Watershed Analysis Manual Appendix J - Cultural Resources (252KB PDF)