Forest Practices Rules
Washington State Forest Practices Rules (Title 222 WAC)
The Forest Practices Board, an independent state agency, adopts forest practices rules, which establish standards for timber harvesting, pre-commercial thinning, road construction, fertilization, forest chemical application and other forest practices applications (Title 222 WAC). The rules give direction on how to implement the Forest Practices Act (chapter 76.09 RCW) and Stewardship of Non-industrial Forests and Woodlands (chapter 76.13 RCW). The rules are designed to protect public resources such as water quality and fish habitat while maintaining a viable timber industry. They are under constant review through the DNR Adaptive Management Program.
Rules involving water quality protection must be approved by the Department of Ecology before they can be adopted by the Forest Practices Board.