State Trust Lands Habitat Conservation Plan
Olympic Experimental State Forest
Planning and Management
Policy direction for management of forested state trust lands, including the Olympic Experimental State Forest (OESF), is provided by the 1997 Habitat Conservation Plan and the 2006 Policy for Sustainable Forests. These overarching policy documents are implemented through a series of planning processes, such as the forest land planning, and timber harvest scheduling.
A more localized forest land plan is intended to guide existing management activities in the OESF. Through the planning process, DNR identifies local natural resource goals and issues and creates strategies to address them.
The forest land planning process for the OESF started in 2007. The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) for the OESF was published in June 2010.
The sustainable harvest level for the OESF is set at 576 million board feet for the decade 2004-2014. This is estimated to generate gross revenue of $144 million for the trust beneficiaries, and to support management and investments in the lands to keep them healthy and productive into the future. Management of trust lands also supports local economies by supplying forest-related jobs such as logging, wood processing, recreation, etc.