Compliance Monitoring Program Objectives
The objectives of the Compliance Monitoring Program are set out in WAC 222-08-160 (4), which states in part:
"The department shall conduct compliance monitoring that addresses the following key question: "Are forest practices being conducted in compliance with the rules?" The department shall provide statistically sound, biennial compliance audits and monitoring reports to the board for consideration and support of rule and guidance analysis. Compliance monitoring shall determine whether forest practices rules are being implemented on the ground."
Compliance Monitoring Program Overview
Programmatic protocols and study design including field assessment forms, sampling methods, and statistical treatment are currently being developed. We envision ample opportunities for broad-based TFW involvement; especially in review of the department’s simple and objective methods to guide the compliance/non-compliance determination and methods to streamline data acquisition such that we can assure that this phase of the compliance monitoring process can be completed in a timely manner and yield hard data for rule guidance. This may require guidelines for determining "threat to public resources" and "potential resource damage" insofar as these guidelines do not lapse into effectiveness monitoring.
Our work will draw heavily on compliance monitoring studies by the Timber Fish and Wildlife Field Implementation Committee during 1991 and the 1995, which provide excellent insight into the efficacy of our Forest Practice rules (See publication TFW-000-98-001). This committee produced a series of insightful and sensible recommendations including recognition of the need for standard field protocols; better sampling criteria, and a caution regarding the limitations of compliance monitoring that do not incorporate damage-assessment protocols.
Compliance Monitoring Program Design (1,041KB PDF)