The Forest Practices Board - representing tribes, citizens, scientists, state agencies, landowners, industry, communities – sets rules for timber harvests forest thinning forest road construction re-planting, fertilizing new trees and other forestry activitiesThe goal is to protect water quality & fish habitat but also keep a viable timber industryDNR staff enforce forest practices rules on 12 million acres for private & state forestland
DNR leases land for grazing and farming.In the Southeast Region of the state, for example, 550 agricultural leases on 148,000 acres of trust land are producing $6.8 million a year for state trust beneficiaries.We recently leased 404 acres for vineyards and wineries in Benton County – a complex that could produce $1 million a year by 2015.We also have leased land for orchards and grazing.
At statehood, Congress granted several million acres to Washington for the new state to use as a revenue base to develop schools, prisons, hospital and other infrastructure.Today. DNR’s management of state trust lands and county forest lands raises millions of dollars in non-tax revenue each year. Timber sales, mineral sales and leases of lands for agriculture, grazing and commercial and industrial usesThat money is non-tax revenue that supports construction of public schools, universities and colleges, prisons and other institutions.$160 million in Fiscal Year 2008 to the trustsWe also manage forestland in several counties that supports roads, libraries, schools, hospitals, and fire districts.
DNR manages 2.6 million acres of aquatic lands. = beneath lakes, rivers and Puget Sound.Lease revenues go into the state’s general fund.DNR assures safe navigation, commerce and public access to state waterways by…. Administering shellfish and other commercial leases of state aquatic lands Promoting public access in new leases Managing sustainable geoduck harvesting Removing invasive aquatic weeds and species Removing tons of creosote-treated wood from waters & beaches each year – 5,400 tons since 2004 Monitoring and removing derelict vessels – 18 in fiscal year 2008 Working with counties, cities and other state agencies in managing aquatic lands
DNR’s aquatic restoration program supports the Puget Sound Partnership’s efforts to clean up the Sound.We also work with local and state agencies and private industry to clean up fresh water areasWe and our partners are removing:Abandoned fishing gear… such as old netsOld mills and structures…like this Discovery Bay clean up in 2006Derelict structures…such as an old barge from Lake WashingtonOld bulkheads not needed on beachesWe also restore lands by replanting & restoring natural habitat
DNR generates revenue is other ways: 20 wind power leases on state trust lands managed by DNR – six already generating electricity.100 more parcels of trust land have good wind power potential. That revenue goes to support school construction and other public trust beneficiaries.----As the Washington Geological Survey, DNR maps mineral, geothermal, and oil and gas resources.We oversee reclamation of about 12-hundred (1,200) surface mines so they can be safely reused for grazing, forestry, commercial uses, and wildlife.We map and evaluate: landslides tsunami zones volcano hazards earthquakesPublic & private organizations use our maps and data for risk assessments & resource protection
DNR is the state’s wild fire agency.During fire season more than 700 DNR employees with other permanent jobs & 375 season workers protect land from fire.We also work with federal and local agencies in coordinated response.
DNR protects about 130,000 acres of conservation lands.DNR managers 53 Natural Area Preserves that protect special and unique lands for habitat. They also are special and sometimes among the few remaining examples of native habitats that haven’t been greatly changed by development. Many are open to view. Scientists and students also use these areasThe Mima Mounds in Thurston County are one example.DNR also manages 29 Natural Resources Conservation Areas. Mt. Si and Tiger Mountain are two examples where the public can make low-intensity use, such as hiking.When state trust lands are designated for conservation, the trust is reimbursed for the current land value from the state general fund so the trust beneficiaries’ interests are protected.
About 2.2 million acres of forests that DNR manages are open for public recreation.People use state trust lands for many reasons – from hiking and camping to ORV riding – and at charge.With so many millions of acres, we greatly depend on volunteers. Volunteers help keep recreation on state trust lands safe and sustainable. volunteering to help repair trails and maintain campgrounds. We also need campground hosts. This summer we had to reduce services due to severe budget cuts. Several dozen facilities, like campgrounds and picnic areas had to be closed. But the lands do remain open.Some outdoor clubs of recreation users have stepped forward and donated their time. We hope more can do so as we work through this budget shortage.
DNR’s conservation objective for the northern spotted owl is to provide habitat that makes a significant contribution to demographic support, maintenance of species distribution, and facilitation of dispersal.DNR lands that were identified as important for demographic support were those lands intermingled with federal lands designated in the President’s Forest Plan, (Late Successional Reserves, Congressional Reserves, Adaptive Management Areas) as well as lands that fall within 2-miles of these reserve designations.In addition, some lands farther than 2 miles from federal reserves in the Columbia Planning Unit were determined to be important for both maintaining species distribution and demographic support. DNR lands that fell between large federal reserves were determined to be important for dispersal.The northern spotted owl conservation strategy is intended to augment the President’s Northwest Forest Plan by providing nesting, roosting, and foraging (NRF) and dispersal habitat in strategic areas to provide for demographic support, maintenance of species distribution, and facilitation of dispersal.The strategy operates on the premise that active forest management techniques can be applied to develop and maintain spotted owl habitat.
The area covered by the HCP is divided into nine planning units based on watersheds to:Tie minimization and mitigation more closely to natural systems and geographic variations in habitat.Gain economies of scale.Provide greater efficiency in planning.Existing spotted owl clustersBiological status of the spotted owl populationPresence of spotted owl habitatForest typeExisting threats to spotted owl populations
Locations of Forest Practices SOSEA’s in relation to DNR NRF, Dispersal and OESF LandscapesSOSEA means a Spotted Owl Special Emphasis Area
In areas designed to provide NRF and dispersal habitat, the strategy is intended to create a landscape where active forest management plays a key role in the development and maintenance of the structural characteristics that constitute such habitat.NRF Management Areas in the five west-side planning units encompass approximately 163,000 acres.Dispersal Management Areas in the five west-side planning units encompass approximately 116,000 acres.A total of 280,000 acres are identified for northern spotted owl conservation under the HCP in the five west-side planning units.Within NRF and Dispersal Management Areas, DNR shall provide a target condition of at least 50 percent of its managed lands within each Watershed Administrative Unit (WAU) as NRF/Dispersal habitat. This means the intent is to have at least 140,000 acres of DNR-managed lands be maintained as suitable spotted owl habitat in the west-side planning units.Proximity of DNR land to federal reservesExisting spotted owl clustersBiological status of the spotted owl populationPresence of spotted owl habitatForest typeExisting threats to spotted owl populations
There are purchasers in Oregon not represented on this map.
There are purchasers in Oregon not represented on this map.
Coordinates fire response with federal, local, & other state agencies</li></li></ul><li>Conservation lands<br />Photo 1<br />130,000 acres protected as: <br /><ul><li>Natural Resources Conservation Areas
Natural Area Preserves</li></ul>60,000 acres of private land: DNR holds development rights in perpetuity<br />Photo 2<br />Photo 3<br />
Photo 1<br />Photo 2<br />Photo 3<br />Photo 4<br /><ul><li>1,000 miles of trails
What is an HCP?<br />A long-term land management plan authorized under the Endangered Species Act which allows:<br /><ul><li>DNR to continue timber harvesting and conducting other management activities on state trust lands
while providing for species conservation</li></li></ul><li>Federal lands with NSO conservation role <br />DNR strategy supports recovery on federal lands<br />NWFP Reserves<br />NWFP Matrix<br />
Considerable Non-federal lands are now managed under Habitat Conservation Plans that contribute to NSO conservation<br />Washington 1,952,000<br />Oregon 303,000<br />California 594,000<br />Total ~2,849,000<br />
The DNR State Uplands HCP implements four specific conservation strategies:<br />
Role of the HCP Northern Spotted Owl Conservation Strategy<br />The HCP DEIS (DNR, 1996) identified specific lands to provide support for the northern spotted owl population<br /><ul><li>Federal Reserves will provide main or “source” sub-populations of spotted owls.</li></ul>- DNR-managed lands within 2 miles of Federal Reserves will provide support of spotted owls.<br />
Board Action</li></li></ul><li>Forest Land Planning <br />Further implements Board approved policies:<br /><ul><li>Takes direction from adopted Board policies Policy for Sustainable Forests–December 2006
Applies that direction to a specific geographic area
Identifies specific local strategies and measurable outcomes
Supports adaptive management</li></li></ul><li>South Puget Forest Land Plan <br />1st Plan developed under Board approved policy:<br /><ul><li>Guides management activities to enhance habitat for at-risk wildlife species
Mutual Benefits<br /> Sustainable forestry recognizes that forest landowners play a critical role in ensuring the long-term health and sustainability of our forests by being:<br /><ul><li>Environmentally responsible
Economically viable</li></li></ul><li>Common Elements<br /><ul><li>Involves aninspectionaudit of forest management activities by a third-party accredited team
Assures integrationof perpetual growing and harvesting of trees with strong measures to protect wildlife, plants, soil, water, and air quality to our consumers
Provides a seal of approval that forests are well-managed</li></li></ul><li> Chain-of-Custody<br />Certified Logs<br />Certified Mill<br />Certified Forest<br />Certified<br />Lumber/Fiber<br />Printer<br />Retailer/Distributor<br />Chain of custody is the process by which the source of forest products are verified. Once independently verified, the products may be labeled green certified.<br />Consumer<br />