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FOREST PRACTICES BOARD PASSES LARGE PORTION OF SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY PLAN; FURTHER ACTION SLATED FOR THIS AFTERNOON

 FOREST PRACTICES BOARD PASSES LARGE PORTION


OF SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY PLAN; FURTHER ACTION SLATED FOR THIS AFTERNOON
 TACOMA, Wash., May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The following was released today by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources:
 The Washington State Forest Practices Board this morning passed -- in a series of unanimous votes -- proposed rules that protect the future of Washington's 12 million acres of private and state forests. The proposed rules now will be subject to public comment. The board is expected to take final action on the rules in late June.
 Included in the proposals are regulations that limit the size of clearcuts, but more importantly, eliminate contiguous clearcuts by requiring wide belts of mature trees between clearcuts.
 The most significant proposal passed this morning addresses the cumulative effects logging and other forest practices have on the environment. Rather than evaluating forest practices in isolation from each other, forest land regulation will shift to an unprecedented landscape-based system.
 "The cumulative effects rule -- the approach of protecting entire forested landscapes -- is a well-thought-out compromise that is a direct result of negotiations in 1990, the Sustainable Forestry Roundtable," said Public Lands Commissioner Brian Boyle. "This is a major accomplishment and much of it can be attributed to the role the tribes played in the negotiation process.
 "The clearcut size and timing rule is important because it requires, for the first time, that adjacent clearcuts be broken up by a belt of green trees," Boyle said.
 In action anticipated during the afternoon, the board will consider additional proposals on wetland protection, wildlife habitat and an expanded list of forest practices that require review under the State Environmental Policy Act.
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 /CONTACT: Peter Summerville 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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