The Adaptive Management Program was created to provide science-based recommendations and technical information to assist the Forest Practices Board in determining if and when it is necessary or advisable to adjust rules and guidance. The Forest Practices Board also uses this program to adjust other rules and guidance.
Three desired outcomes:
- Certainty that changes are needed
- A predictable and stable process of change that landowners, regulators, and interested members of the public can anticipate and prepare for
- Studies with quality design, execution, and results interpretation
The Forest Practices Adaptive Management Program is a multi-caucus program that includes representatives from several state agencies including Fish and Wildlife, Ecology, and DNR; federal agencies (particularly National Marine Fisheries Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Environmental Protection Agency); forest landowners; county governments; the environmental community and tribal governments. Representatives of these caucuses participate on two key Adaptive Management Program committees established by the Forest Practices Board: the Timber, Fish and Wildlife Policy Committee and the Cooperative Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research Committee (CMER).
- The Timber, Fish and Wildlife Policy Committee (TFW Policy) develops solutions to issues that arise in the Forest Practices Program, which implements forest practices rules. These issues may be raised by science reports about certain rules, program effectiveness or questions about policies that implement forest practices rules. Solutions may include amending rules or making guidance recommendations.
- The Cooperative Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research Committee (CMER) advances the science needed to support adaptive management.
In-depth information about the Adaptive Management program is available in the Forest Practices Board Manual Section 22 - Guidelines for Adaptive Management Program and Forest Practices Rules WAC 222-12-045.