New Hydraulic Permit for Forestland Projects

Message from Tami Miketa, Manager of the Small Forest Landowner Office

As of December 30, 2013 Washington’s forest landowners only need one permit, instead of two, to conduct hydraulic projects on forest lands. Hydraulic projects are activities carried out in water, such as the construction, removal, or replacement of a culvert or bridge. The change is the result of the State Legislature shifting the responsibility for approving hydraulic projects on forestland from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Hydraulic project approval permits are no longer necessary for projects if they are on forestland. Instead, applicants will use the new Forest Practices Application/ Notification (FPA/N) form for permitting forest practices-related hydraulic work. Both the FPA/N form and instructions have been updated to reflect the additional information required and to guide users through the process. The updated forms and instructions are available on the DNR Forest Practices Forms and Instructions web page.

WDFW and DNR strongly encourage forest landowners to work with both agencies to review the work and associated engineered designs before submitting an FPA/N with forest practices-related hydraulic work. Contact the DNR Region office nearest you to arrange a pre-application review.

The Forest Practices Board has amended several chapters of the forest practices rules to implement the legislation. The updated rules are available for downloading at http://www.dnr.wa.gov/BusinessPermits/Topics/ForestPracticesRules/Pages/fp_rules.aspx .

The Forest Practices Board also approved new technical guidelines that were developed by DNR, WDFW, and other stakeholders representing state, federal, tribal, landowner, and conservation interests. These forest practices-related hydraulic project guidelines are located in Section 5 of the Forest Practices Board manual.

As always, staff members in the Small Forest Landowner Office are available to answer your questions. Please feel free to give us a call at (360) 902-1415.

Wishing you all the very best in the New Year!