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    WA State DNR's Community Forest Trust Program WA State DNR's Community Forest Trust Program Presentation Transcript

    • Community Forest Trust Call for nominations Craig Partridge Policy and Government Relations Director Washington Department of Natural Resources1 Community Forest Trust
    • Community Forest Trust Legislation Overview •  Passed by 2011 Legislature as ESHB 1421 •  Creates a discrete non-fiduciary forest land trust with lands managed by DNR •  Acquired lands can be private or state forest trust lands •  Lands acquired jointly with local partner resources and state capital appropriations2 Community Forest Trust
    • Community Forest Trust Legislation Overview continued… •  Emphasis on self-sustainable, active forest management •  Require a community working forest management plan •  Lands may be divested if they do not perform3 Community Forest Trust
    • Community Forest Trust Legislation Minimum program management principles 1.  Working forest lands at significant risk of conversion protected 2.  Financial and social viability through management objectives consistent with values of the local community 3.  Lands maintained in a working status through diverse commodity and non- commodity values4 Community Forest Trust
    • Community Forest Trust Legislation Minimum program management principles continued… 4.  Generating revenue to, at a minimum, pay for management costs 5.  Providing ongoing, sustainable public recreation access 6.  Providing educational opportunities for local communities, including showing the benefits of working forests5 Community Forest Trust
    • Community Forest Trust Legislation Funding •  Acquisition through a variety of means (purchase, gift, donation, grant, transfer, etc.) •  Fee interest or partial fee interest, including conservation easements •  Local commitment of financial contribution to the specific community forest –  at least 50% of the difference between parcel’s appraised fair market value and parcel’s timber and forest land value –  Local funding through any means deemed acceptable by DNR (traditional financing/bonding, land donation, purchase of conservation easements or TDRs) •  Remaining funding by state capital appropriation6 Community Forest Trust
    • Community Forest Trust Legislation Management plan •  All lands in CFT to be managed under a plan developed after acquisition •  Local advisory committee formed to advise DNR on how to maintain land’s working status and economic viability objectives •  Management activities must provide ongoing revenue –  To reimburse DNR admin costs, and –  To fund community conservation/recreation objectives •  If DNR and local advisory committee fail to reach consensus on plan, DNR can adopt a plan informed by the community, or divest in the property7 Community Forest Trust
    • Community Forest Trust Program ImplementationLegislature did not appropriate $$ •  To fund acquisition of community forest properties, or •  To enable DNR to build the new programTherefore, DNR is taking outreach-driven approachto program development •  Reach out to potential proponents •  Solicit projects with strong community support •  Select 1-2 pilot projects from nominations to propose for FY 2013-15 capital budget funding •  Use pilot projects to develop CFT program for future program funding and implementation cycles8 Community Forest Trust
    • Community Forest Trust Program Implementation What does this mean? •  No resources to support development of program •  Unable to develop a full competitive process to evaluate proposals, conduct appraisals, etc. •  Rely on proponents with strong proposals to nominate candidate community forest pilot projects to launch program9 Community Forest Trust
    • Community Forest Trust Call for nominations What steps can local entities take to nominate a community forest? 1.  Identify sources of funding for local share 2.  Solidify broad local community support for CF nomination 3.  ID and secure broad community support for management approaches for nominated CF 4.  Submit written nomination detailing your proposed CF using nomination template provided by DNR DNR is seeking a community partnership.10 Community Forest Trust
    • Community Forest Trust Call for nominations Community partnerships that show broad community support will be strong candidates for pilot projects   Local support for nominations is key   land trusts   local municipalities   recreational user groups   neighboring landowners   conservation organizations   local businesses   elected officials11 Community Forest Trust
    • Community Forest Trust What next? The process •  Outreach to interested parties •  Partnerships formed in community to support CFT nomination •  Nominations submitted to DNR •  DNR reviews nominations and brings short list to Board of Natural Resources for consideration •  Proposal of 1-2 pilots forwarded to the Legislature for funding12 Community Forest Trust
    • Community Forest Trust What next? Proposed Timeline March-April 2012   Outreach to potential community partners   July 2, 2012   Community Forest nominations due to DNR   July-August 2012  DNR reviews nominations and finalizes proposed list for consideration by Board of Natural Resources   September 2012   Board of Natural Resources selects pilot projects; DNR forwards capital budget proposal to OFM that includes a Community Forest Trust funding package   October 2012 – DNR and community partners pursue support for March 2013   funding of the CFT proposal in legislature   July 2013   Implementation of Community Forest Trust program pilots begin (if funded by legislature)  13 Community Forest Trust
    • Community Forest Trust Questions? Craig Partridge 360-902-1028 craig.partridge@dnr.wa.gov Andy Hayes 360-902-1347 andrew.hayes@dnr.wa.gov14 Community Forest Trust February 2012
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