"FOREST PRACTICES FLOW CHART"
CHUCK KLEEBERG Pierce County Director Department of Planning and Land Services FOREST PRACTICES FLOW CHART DO I NEED A FOREST PRACTICES PERMIT TO CUT DOWN MY TREES? You may need a forest practices permit to cut down your trees when your project is considered to be a FOREST PRACTICE. In general terms, a FOREST PRACTICE is defined as the harvest of Merchantable Timber on Forestland. Merchantable Timber means trees that will yield logs and/or fiber suitable in size and quality for the production of lumber, plywood, pulp or other forest products. A variety of trees may be considered merchantable including, but not limited to, Douglas fir, Western red cedar, Western hemlock, big-leaf maple, alder, and black cottonwood. Forestland means land which is capable of supporting a merchantable stand of timber and is not actively being used for a use which is incompatible with timber growing. Does not include land within 1 ½ tree lengths of an existing structure. Harvest of Merchantable Timber + Forestland = FOREST PRACTICE BEGIN HERE to determine if you need a forest practices permit when your project is considered to be a FOREST PRACTICE. Does the forest practice involve a single Is project limited to the harvest of NO landowner where the parcel is NO 5,000 board feet or less of Merchantable less than 2 acres or where total Timber per consecutive 12-month period ownership of contiguous parcels is less than 2 acres? Activity classified as a and intended for personal use only Class II, III, or IV-General forest (fence posts, firewood)? YES practice. Is the site the subject of a pending YES YES application for a development Project classified as a Class I forest practice. permit such as a Will the project take place: A Class I project may commence without Conditional Use permit, 1) within a 200-foot application to the DNR. Class I forest building permit or subdivision? Shoreline Management Zone; practices on land located outside an Urban Growth 2) within a stream and/or buffer; NO Area (UGA) involving conversion to a non-forestry 3) within a wetland and/or buffer; use or on lands platted or short platted after and/or January 1, 1960, must comply with applicable NO 4) on slopes greater than 40%, sections of Title 18H, Forest Practices. 1, 2 and/or will the project impact any Was the property created threatened or endangered species? through a formal subdivision An approved Class IV-General Forest Practices Application (FPA) is required. Environmental review (SEPA) is also or short plat after YES / MAYBE required by Pierce County. Harvest limited to YES January 1, 1960? 35% of the volume of Merchantable Timber when the site has not been converted through an approved development permit Activity likely classified as a such as a Conditional Use permit, Class II, III, or IV-General preliminary plat, short plat, or building permit. 1, 2 NO forest practice. Contact the local DNR office in Enumclaw at NO 1 (800) 527-3305 or YES Is the site within an (360) 825-1631 for Will the landowner submit a 10-year statement Urban Growth Area more information on Class II of non-conversion to the DNR together with either (UGA)? and III permits. Contact Pierce an acceptable 10-year forest management plan County at 1 (800) 992-2456 or or proof that the land is currently enrolled with the (253) 798-2616 for more Assessor-Treasurer’s Office in Designated Forest Land information on Class IV-G permits. (RCW 84.33)? NO YES Activity classified as Class II or III forest practice. Imposition of a 6-year development moratorium mandatory on land identified to be harvested in permit. A Conversion Option Harvest Plan (COHP) may be obtained from Pierce County to avoid imposition of a 6-year development moratorium. A COHP requires Pierce County review and approval prior to applying to the DNR for a Class II or III forest practices permit. 2 1 A Site Development Permit for clearing and/or grading may be required by Pierce County 2 A Temporary Road Approach permit for access onto a County road may be required by Pierce County. December 10, 2009