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State Trust Lands Habitat Conservation Plan
Implementation Monitoring

Implementation monitoring, also known as compliance monitoring, determines whether our habitat conservation strategies are being implemented as written. It is one of three major types of monitoring required under our trust lands HCP. The data we gather from this monitoring is used to help us determine how well we are doing, as well as to help us modify our management strategies as needed to better protect and enhance habitat. The implementation monitoring team is responsible for the following activities:

  • Documenting the types, amounts, and locations of forest management activities in each HCP planning unit on a yearly basis. This helps us decide what and how to monitor, while also providing a record of our activities.
  • Monitoring and reporting on selected conservation strategies or components each year. We use what we learn to modify and improve our monitoring and reporting methods as well as our strategy implementation.
  • Producing annual reports on forest management activities on lands managed under the HCP.
  • Providing periodic comprehensive reviews on implementation of the HCP (e.g. the HCP 5-Year Comprehensive Review).


Current Monitoring Report

2013 Implementation Monitoring
During 2013, the Implementation Monitoring Program conducted field reviews to assess implementation of 1) Management activities in wetlands and wetland management zones (WMZs) that were completed during fiscal year 2013 (14 timber sales); and, 2) All hardwood conversion and individual conifer release riparian restoration treatments completed prior to August 2013 (15 timber sales). These activities are guided by the Riparian Conservation Strategy (wetland management) and the Riparian Forest Restoration Strategy (riparian restoration), which applies to westside HCP planning units, excluding the Olympic Experimental State Forest Planning Unit.

Full report download - Implementation Monitoring Report - March 2014 (1.6MB PDF)

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Previous Monitoring Reports

2012 Implementation Monitoring Report (705KB PDF)
This report covers two aspects of riparian management on forested state lands: riparian restoration treatments and management of potentially unstable hillslopes. For the five westside HCP planning units, active management of riparian areas for restoration is guided by the Riparian Forest Restoration Strategy (part of the Riparian Conservation Strategy). Guidance for potentially unstable hillslope management comes from the unstable hillslope component of the Riparian Conservation Strategy for the Five Westside Planning Units and the Riparian Conservation Strategy for the Olympic Experimental State Forest.
 
2009-2011 Implementation Monitoring Report (741KB PDF)
For this report, strategies and elements were monitored in the office only. The focus for HCP compliance on timber sales completed in fiscal years 2009, 2010 and 2011 was northern spotted owl strategy, and the roads and rain-on-snow elements of the riparian strategy. In addition, the reliability of DNR’s Planning and Tracking database was assessed by verifying the completion status of silviculture activities. The monitoring team currently is planning field evaluations, and more HCP Implementation Monitoring reports will follow during this year.

2008 Implementation Monitoring Report (1,396KB PDF)
The 2008 Implementation Monitoring Report focuses on the Large, Structurally Unique Trees and Snags portions of the Uncommon Habitats Strategy and the Wetlands portion of the Riparian Conservation Strategy. These strategies were selected because DNR HCP implementation managers were especially interested in how leave trees were being distributed across timber sale units.

2007 Implementation Monitoring Report (886KB PDF)
This report details our monitoring of the stream typing and buffering portion of the riparian conservation strategy for the Olympic Experimental State Forest. It also covers results from monitoring uncommon habitats (cliffs, balds, and oak woodlands) in western Washington.

2006 Implementation Monitoring Report (1,046KB PDF)
Errata Sheet (87KB PDF)
This report details our monitoring of the stream typing and buffering portion of the riparian conservation strategy for westside HCP planning units.

2005 Implementation Monitoring Report (906KB PDF) 
This report details our monitoring of the rain-on-snow and northern spotted owl conservation strategies. This was the first year we monitored the amended spotted owl strategy for the Klickitat Planning Unit.

2004 Implementation Monitoring Report (668KB PDF)
In 2004, we monitored three major conservation strategies: wetlands; wind buffers (on riparian management zones); and legacy trees (those left following regeneration harvests to provide structure and a seed source). We also monitored several infrequently implemented strategies, including cliffs and bald eagles.

2003 Implementation Monitoring Report (1,116KB PDF)
In 2003, the team monitored two major conservation strategies: northern spotted owl and stream types anf buffers (riparian management zones). These strategies were monitored in timber sales, silvicultural management activities (e.g. herbicide application; hand cutting), and non-timber management activities (e.g. building bridges in recreation areas).

2002 Implementation Monitoring Pilot Project (2,283KB PDF)
This report details our first year of centralized, field-based implementation monitoring. Two HCP planning units were selected, with a percentage of the timber sales, silvicultural activities, and non-timber management activities in each monitored. In each activity, we assessed all applicable conservation strategies (riparian, northern spotted owl, unstable slopes, etc.). For planning purposes, we also calculated the time and costs to do such monitoring.

Unstable Slopes Implementation and Effectiveness Monitoring Pilot Project for State Lands (403KB PDF)
This project was designed to evaluate how agency staff assess slope stability on timber sales. Areas assessed included the consistency and accuracy of unstable slope identification, how mitigation measures are applied, and post-harvest ground conditions. These sites can be monitored over time to see if the protection measures successfully prevented landslides.

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Allen Estep
Forest Resources Assistant Division Manager; HCP and Scientific Consultation Section
360-902-2898
allen.estep@dnr.wa.gov

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