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King County, Washington

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Water and Land Resources Division, King County, Washington

King County Forestry Program

Notice of Intent to Adopt and Amend Public Rule

The Department of Natural Resources and Parks (DNRP) intends to adopt an amended public rule, pursuant to authority granted it by King County Code chapter 2.98 and King County Ordinance 7.12.150. The purpose of this rule is to establish and explain the format and requirements for developing a Forest Stewardship Plan as required by King County. Please review the proposed Forest Stewardship Plan Public Rule (300 Kb Acrobat pdf).

You may submit written comments concerning the proposed rule until 4:30pm Friday, June 9, 2014. Fill in our comment form (5 Kb Acrobat pdf) and mail it to the street or email address below.

Department of Natural Resources and Parks
Water and Land Resources Division
ATTN: Andrea Plischke
201 S. Jackson St., Suite 600
Seattle, WA 98104

E-Mail: andrea.plischke@kingcounty.gov

A public hearing for oral comments will be held Thursday, May 8, 2014, from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. during a meeting of the King County Rural Forest Commission at Preston Community Center, 8625 - 310th Ave SE, Preston, WA.

For more information contact Andrea Plischke at 206-477-6515 or andrea.plischke@kingcounty.gov.

King County's Forestry Program focuses on the retention of forestland for its environmental, social, and economic benefits. The Program provides education, technical assistance, and economic incentives aimed at retaining the forest resources of King County.

King County’s 1996 Farm and Forests Report laid the foundation for the Forestry Program, citing the reduction of forested land by one third, between 1972 and 1996 and calling for steps to conserve forests. Forests offer important recreational opportunities, improve air quality and provide food, water and cover for endangered salmon and wildlife. These same forests provide employment in wood, paper, recreation, tourism and fishing industries.

A growing population has created tremendous demand for new housing and urban services in King County. In response, large tracts of industrial forest have been subdivided, sold and converted to residential land uses, breaking up the forested landscape into a patchwork of individual family holdings. Once the forest is fragmented into home sites, many of the environmental benefits, as well as the ability to manage the land for forest production, are lost. Ultimately, we seek to enhance and protect the continuity of the County's forested areas, which extend from large commercial stands in the Cascade foothills, through the suburban forested/residential mix, to remnant forests and green spaces in densely populated communities.

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