Alternate plans allow small forest landowners more site-specific flexibility than the standard Forest Practices Rules. DNR has recently added templates to our Alternate Plans website to help landowners in western Washington develop a fixed width riparian management zone and to address overstocked stands. Both templates are used in conjunction with the Forest Practices Application Alternate Plan Form, and both require consultation with your DNR forester to:
- Assess the riparian function provided by your forest stand; and
- Discuss approaches that will maintain riparian function over time.