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1 Sponsored by the Cooperative Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research Committee (CMER) of the Timber, Fish, and Wildlife (TFW) Agreement Forested Wetlands and Silvicultural Practices November 1, 2002 Lacey, Washington

2 History of Washington State Forest Practices Rules 1946: Reforestation required, Forest Practices Board formed 1976: Broad package of Forest Practice Rules WAC : TFW rule package and formation of CMER 1992: Wetland rules included 2001: Rule revision under Forests & Fish report

3 Washington State Forest Practices Rules under the 1987 Timber Fish & Wildlife Agreement TFW stakeholder commitment to reach consensus on:  protecting wildlife and fish  water quality and quantity  archeological and cultural resources  economic viability of timber industry

4 SciencePolicy Forest Practices Board Committee for Cooperative Monitoring, Evaluation & Research Timber Fish & Wildlife/ Forests and Fish Policy Adaptive Management Program Administrator Summary of the Timber Fish & Wildlife /Forests & Fish Adaptive Management Program Public Comment Scientific Advisory Groups Wetland, Bull Trout,. Riparian,Monitoring, Landscape/Wildlife, Upslope processes.

5 CMER “Challenges” Currie, J An analysis of program integration and development for the TFW report, TFW Report 1 Support field implementation Validate assumptions behind agreement Develop and test alternative rules Assess cumulative effects

6 TFW Cooperative Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research accomplishments CMER Funding Approx. $600,000/yr form 1987–2000 (~total $7.8 million) Future Funding under Forests & Fish $2 - 3 million/yr from ??

7 TFW CMER publications by subject for Admin.WildlifeFishPhysical Literature Field

8 CMER’s Wetland Scientific Advisory Group (WETSAG) Guidance to WETSAG from CMER via the Forest and Fish Report (Appendix F) “…..assessment of the functions served by forested wetlands and the potential impacts of harvest activities in forested wetlands.” Guidance to WETSAG from CMER via the Forest and Fish Report (Appendix F) “…..assessment of the functions served by forested wetlands and the potential impacts of harvest activities in forested wetlands.”

9 Wetland Scientific Advisory Group WETSAG Research Priorities from CMER What are the functions of forested wetlands? How can wetland classifications better reflect functions? Are current WMZ’s working to protect all forested wetland functions? What is the relationships between WMZ shading and water temperature? What wetland size and functions should trigger mitigation?

10 Adaptive management challenges of forested wetlands and silvicultural practices “Go where the truth leads us”. (Stu Bledsoe, cofounder of TFW, 1987) Share common understanding (TFW ideal). Do good science (important, efficient, credible).


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