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Forestry Riparian Easement Program 
 

Forestry Riparian Easement Program
The Forestry Riparian Easement Program compensates eligible small forest landowners in exchange for a 50-year easement on “qualifying timber.” This is the timber the landowner is required to leave unharvested as a result of forest practices rules protecting Washington’s forests and fish. Landowners cannot cut or remove the qualifying timber during the easement period. The landowner still owns the property and retains full access, but has “leased” the trees and their associated riparian function to the state.

Updates from the Forestry Riparian Easement Program
New Forestry Riparian Easement Application
As of August 25, 2014, a new application is now being accepted for the Forestry Riparian Easement Program. This new, one page application replaces the old, two step application that included a form called a Harvest Status Questionnaire. The Harvest Status Questionnaire is no longer required to apply to this program. The new application is accepted after a timber harvest has been completed, or if no harvest can be completed because of harvest rule restrictions, after a Forest Practices Application has been received by DNR.

The old application form will not be accepted after September 1, 2014.  The new application can be found by clicking here

Who is eligiable for FREP?How does it work? 

You may qualify if you are an eligible small
forest landowner and:

  • Own either a parcel larger than 20
    contiguous acres or more than 80 forested
    area in Washington State
  • Harvest less than 2 million board feet of
    timber on average per year
  • Complete a timber harvest next to a stream,
    river, wetland, lake, or pond
  • Your harvest does not convert the qualifying
    land to a use incompatible with growing
    timber
  • Own your property free and clear of any liens
    or mortgages

 

  • Submit a Forest Practice Application before
    the harvest begins
  • Complete harvest
  • Contact the FREP Specialist to see if you're eligible:
    360-902-1427
    sflo@dnr.wa.gov
  • Submit FREP Application
  • DNR estimates the value of the easement based
    on the value of the trees left in the riparian buffer
  • When funding becomes available the acquisition
    process begins
  • Compensation is paid in one lump sum and
    a 50-year easement is placed on your land
    title


 Questions about FREP? Call Dan Pomerenk at 360-902-1427 or dan.pomerenk@dnr.wa.gov

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 Contacts

Small Forest Landowner Office
PO BOX 47012
Olympia, WA 98504-7012
360-902-1415
Fax 360-902-1428
sflo@dnr.wa.gov

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