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FOREST PRACTICES BOARD TO MEET MARCH 13 IN TACOMA; BOARD PREPARES FOR APRIL PUBLIC HEARINGS

 FOREST PRACTICES BOARD TO MEET MARCH 13 IN TACOMA;
 BOARD PREPARES FOR APRIL PUBLIC HEARINGS
 OLYMPIA, Wash., March 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The state Forest Practices Board is expected to approve a comprehensive package of forestry reform measures for public review at its meeting Friday, March 13, in Tacoma, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said today. The board, chaired by Public Lands Commissioner Brian Boyle, has worked for months to prepare the proposed package for public hearings in April.
 The day-long meeting will begin Friday, 9 a.m., at the Tacoma Convention Center, 1313 Market Street, adjacent to the Tacoma Sheraton.
 The following items are expected to be included in the forestry reform package, and will be the subject of the April public hearings:
 -- Proposed regulations on clearcut sizes and proposed restrictions on adjacent clearcuts;
 -- A proposal that addresses the cumulative effects logging has on the environment;
 -- A proposal to protect forested wetlands;
 -- A proposal that expands the list of forest practices under the Class-IV Special category. These are the forest practices that require State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) review;
 -- A proposal on retaining trees for wildlife and a proposal for critical wildlife habitat;
 -- A proposal regarding stream temperature and the use of forest chemicals.
 The 11-member board, which regulates 12 million acres of private and state forest land in Washington, has been aggressively working on its forestry reform package since last May. Public hearings will be held throughout the state April 21 to 25 (times and locations to be announced). The board hopes to formally adopt a final version of the package by summer.
 A separate, but related, proposal will be considered for final adoption at the board's March 13 meeting. The proposal requires the Department of Natural Resources to monitor the rate of harvest in Washington and report its findings to the board. Prior to formal adoption of this rule, DNR last year began monitoring the rate of harvest with the assistance of satellite imagery.
 In other action, the board will consider readopting an emergency rule on watershed analysis. Among other things, this rule addresses forest practices in so-called rain-on-snow zones.
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 /CONTACT: Sandi Snell of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, 206-753-5330/ CO: Washington State Department of Natural Resources; Forest
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