State Trust Lands Habitat Conservation Plan
MONITORING AND REPORTING
The State Trust Lands Habitat Conservation Plan directs DNR to develop better methods of achieving conservation goals, based on new information, and to report HCP-related activities to the public and the Federal Services annually.
One source of information used in developing new management approaches, is HCP monitoring. We use the results of our monitoring, along with information from related research, to amend our implementation strategies as needed, allowing us to better protect and enhance plant and wildlife habitat while meeting our economic trust responsibilities.
For our HCP we practice three main types of monitoring, which are carried out in different parts of the state as appropriate:
- Implementation Monitoring - Also known as compliance monitoring, this simply determines whether the Habitat Conservation Plan's conservation strategies are implemented as written.
- Effectiveness Monitoring - Determines whether implementation of the conservation strategies results in anticipated habitat conditions.
Validation Monitoring - As we implement the HCP, we will evaluate cause-and-effect relationships between habitat conditions resulting from implementation of the conservation strategies, and the animal populations the strategies are intended to benefit. At this time, we are in the process of evaluating validation monitoring approaches for the Olympic Experimental State Forest (OESF) Planning Unit.
DNR produces two reports annually to inform interested parties about activities on State Trust Lands:
- Implementation Monitoring Reports -focus specifically on how the conservation strategies are being implemented on DNR timber sales,
- HCP Annual Reports -provide general information on DNR’s activities on trust lands covered by the HCP. Such activities include not only timber harvest but also road building; land transactions; acquisition and management of Natural Area Preserves and Natural Resources Conservation Areas; leasing for holiday greens harvest, communications sites, mining and grazing; as well as many other activities.
All such reports are available through the links provided above.