Sustainable Harvest Calculation

View our free webinar about the Sustainable Harvest Calculation Draft Environmental Impact Statement
The sustainable harvest level is the volume of timber to be scheduled for sale during a planning decade (Revised Code of Washington [RCW] 79.10.300) from all state trust lands located west of the Cascade crest in Washington. Using advanced forest modeling techniques, DNR determines a level of timber harvest for present and future trust beneficiaries that balances revenue production with ecological values such as healthy forest ecosystems and habitat for threatened and endangered species. Setting this level is an important component of DNR's sustainable and responsible stewardship of trust assets. The sustainable harvest level is a policy decision that requires approval by the Board of Natural Resources.

Draft EIS

The Sustainable Harvest Calculation Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) is now available online. The DEIS documents the agency's analysis of the proposal and provides an opportunity for agencies, affected tribes, and the public to review and provide suggestions for improving the adequacy of the environmental analysis.
Public comments on this proposed DEIS are being accepted until 5:00 p.m. on March 9, 2017. Comments should be submitted to the SEPA Center at or SEPA Center, PO Box 47015, Olympia, WA 98504-7015. Please include file number "15-012901" on all comments. The subject line of email comments should include "SEPA File No. 15-012901." Please see the SEPA Center's website for more information.

DEIS - December 2016

Draft EIS in Sections
Opening Pages (Cover, Commissioner's Letter, Fact Sheet, Table of Contents)
Chapter 1, Introduction
Chapter 2, The Alternatives
Chapter 3, Affected Environment
Chapter 4, Environmental Consequences
Chapter 5, Cumulative Effects
Chapter 6, Literature Cited
Chapter 7, Key Definitions
Appendix A, Scoping Report
Appendix B, Long Term Forest Cover
Appendix C, Arrearage Report
Appendix D, Settlement Agreement
Appendix E, Board of Natural Resources Resolution 1239
Appendix F, Model
Appendix G, Sustainable Harvest Levels
Appendix H, Rare Plants
Appendix I, Fish Distribution
Appendix J, Wildlife Species
Appendix K, Distribution List

Public Meetings

 January 10, 2017 - Sedro Woolley          
 NW Region Office - NW Conference Center    
 919 N. Township Street
 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
 January 17, 2017 - Port Angeles
 Port Angeles High School - Commons/Lunch Room
 304 E. Park Avenue 
 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
 January 12, 2017 - Seattle
 Whitman Middle School - Auditorium
 9201 15th Avenue NW
 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
 January 19, 2017 - Cathlamet 
 Julius A. Wendt Elementary School - Multipurpose Room
 265 S. 3rd Street
 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
The following posters were displayed at the public meetings regarding the Sustainable Harvest Calculation Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS):
The following presentation was shown at the public meetings regarding the Sustainable Harvest Calculation Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS):

Other Presentations

Sustainable Harvest Calculation Webinar

View our free webinar about the Sustainable Harvest Calculation Draft Environmental Impact Statement

Updates for the Sustainable Harvest Calculation

On June 3, 2015, the Board of Natural Resources approved a purpose and need statement for the sustainable harvest calculation environmental analysis process. View the Board of Natural Resources approved purpose and need statement.
Visit the Board of Natural Resources page to view materials related to the Sustainable Harvest Calculation.

Draft SHC Financial Analysis, 2017

Sustainable Harvest Calculation Scoping, 2015

Scoping Webinar

2004 Sustainable Harvest Calculation Archived Information

Environmental Review Documents

Board Decisions and Related Materials

Economic Research

Working with a technical advisory committee, DNR modeled projected revenue by decade and by trust for each of the six alternatives.

Socio-Economic Research

During the 2004 sustainable harvest calculation process, DNR undertook comprehensive public opinion research to understand the public's feelings and values regarding stewardship of state trust lands. In an effort to understand the financial impact of timber harvests on state trust lands on Washington communities, the Board of Natural Resources also received a report on "Socio-Economic Resiliency" which provided information on how the reduction or increase of timber harvest on state trust lands could affect counties across the state.

Background Information