South Puget Unit Forest Land Planning
The South Puget area is one of DNR’s first forest land planning efforts. It began with a process to gather local knowledge about forested state trust lands with informal meetings. This plan covers the South Puget Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) Planning Unit.
Formal State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Scoping meetings then collected public comments. This process will enable DNR to evaluate these ideas and concerns as we develop forest management strategies.
South Puget Forest Land Planning Factsheet (1,008KB PDF)
South Puget Habitat Conservation Plan Planning Unit Map (462KB PDF)
2006 Scoping Meetings
In July 2006, we held SEPA Scoping meetings in Ashford, Belfair, and Issaquah to collect input for the South Puget Planning Unit Plan. The plan will develop strategies to implement the Department’s strategic policies and plans for the management of forested state trust lands. Each meeting began with a presentation outlining the parameters of the plan followed by a public comment session. In addition to these three SEPA Scoping meetings, comments were also received via mail and email. The comments given by the public will help shape development of alternatives that will be analyzed in a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS). The comments are being organized within a summary and will be available soon.
South Puget Planning Unit Comment Summary (266KB PDF)
The next step in the process is a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for the South Puget Planning Unit Plan. This DEIS is expected to be done in summer of 2008.
2005 Stakeholder Workshops
Original letter introducing focus area workshops (May 2005) (192KB PDF)
In June 2005, DNR held three stakeholder workshops to discuss forest land planning for the South Puget Planning Unit. Invitees included recreation groups, environmental and timber industry organizations, all of which had been actively involved with DNR in these areas over the past many years. Workshops were held to discuss forested state trust lands including the Elbe Hills, Tahoma, Tahuya, Green Mountain, Sherwood, Tiger Mountain, McDonald Ridge, and Grass Mountain State Forests.
A total of forty-seven stakeholders participated in three meetings held in Eatonville, Belfair and Issaquah to offer local information and concerns related to the forested trust lands in this planning unit. Participants heard a presentation on the preliminary stages of planning, and then shared information with DNR, collected directly onto forest maps. They shared how they use local forested trust lands and showed the specific areas where they have concerns about forest management.
Summary of what we heard at the June 2005 Workshops:
We will integrate the information collected into both the day-to-day management of forested trust lands and into current forest land planning efforts. These meetings were part of the preliminary planning stages, and will be the first of many opportunities for the public to become involved in this very important process.
Final Environmental Impact Statement - January 2010
Complete FEIS (14.7MB PDF)
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