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STATE BOARD INVITES COMMENTS ON DNR'S FOREST RESOURCE PLAN; BOARD EXPECTED TO VOTE ON PLAN IN LATE JULY

 STATE BOARD INVITES COMMENTS ON DNR'S FOREST RESOURCE PLAN;
 BOARD EXPECTED TO VOTE ON PLAN IN LATE JULY
 OLYMPIA, Wash., June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The state Board of Natural Resources will accept final testimony on the Washington State Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) proposed Forest Resource Plan during a special meeting June 18 in Olympia, DNR said today.
 The board will meet at 9 a.m. Thursday in House Hearing Room A, John L. O'Brien Building on the capitol campus.
 The Forest Resource Plan is intended to be a blueprint for management of the 2.1 million acres of state-owned forest land. The plan differs from the department's previous policies by calling for a broader, landscape approach to forest land management. It also provides more protection for ecosystem diversity and more financial stability for the county governments and trusts that benefit from DNR's forest land management.
 A draft of the plan was the subject of eight public meetings held during February throughout the state. Changes were made to the draft as the result of oral and written public comments. At the special June 18 meeting, the board will invite public testimony on the revised version of the plan.
 In response to public comment on the draft plan, department staff members incorporated a number of changes in the proposed final plan. The changes include clarification of the landscape planning process and how all the policies fit together to achieve this broader approach. There is now more detail on the wildlife policy, how the plan will be implemented and how compliance with the plan's policies will be monitored.
 The board is expected to take final action on the plan in late July. Once the plan is approved by the board, the department will develop guidelines and procedures for implementing the policies in day-to-day field operations. The Forest Resource Plan is expected to be in effect until 2002.
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 NOTE TO EDITORS: The Forest Resource Plan applies only to state- owned forest land managed by the Department of Natural Resources. This plan should not be confused with major changes to the Forest Practices Act now under consideration by the state Forest Practices Board. The changes proposed by the Forest Practices Board -- known as the Sustainable Forestry Plan -- affect the 12 million acres of both state and private forest land in Washington.
 /CONTACT: Sara Crickenberger or Sandi Snell of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, 206-753-5330/ CO: Washington State Department of Natural Resources ST: Washington IN: PAP SU:


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