Boards and Councils
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Board of Natural Resources

 
Board of Natural Resources
1111 Washington St. SE
MS 47001
Olympia, WA 98504-7001
bnr@dnr.wa.gov
360-902-1103
Fax: 360-902-1775
 
This board guides the management of state trust lands and resources. It oversees sales and exchanges of trust lands as well as timber and mineral sales from trust lands. It sets sustainable harvest levels for forested trust lands and guides DNR’s stewardship of state Natural Area Preserves, Natural Resources Conservation Areas and aquatic lands. The Board also is the state’s Harbor Line Commission, which defines harbor boundaries, and acts as the state Board of Appraisers to confirm valuations of trust lands that the state sells, transfers or exchanges. Board members represent the institutions that benefit from the state’s trusts and serve open-ended terms. Additionally, the board functions as the Board on Geographic Names, which hears and considers recommendations from the Committee on Geographic Names for naming lakes, mountains, streams, places, towns and other geographic features within the state.
 

Forest Practices Board

 
Forest Practices Board
1111 Washington St. SE
MS 47012
Olympia, WA 98504-7012
forest.practicesboard@dnr.wa.gov
360-902-1400
Fax: 360-902-1428
 
This board sets rules that determine the standards for forest practices such as timber harvests, pre-commercial thinning, road construction, fertilization, and forest chemical application. DNR implements and enforces the forest practices rules that this Board adopts. The rules protect public resources such as water quality and fish habitat while maintaining a viable timber industry. Board members are appointed to represent state agencies concerned with forest resources and commerce, counties, and the general public, including owners of small forestlands and independent logging contractors.
 

Natural Heritage Advisory Council

 
Natural Heritage Advisory Council
1111 Washington St. SE
MS 47014
Olympia, WA 98504-7014
nhac@dnr.wa.gov
360-902-1600
Fax: 360-902-1789
 
The Natural Heritage Advisory Council recommends policy for the Natural Heritage Program. It also advises state agencies that manage state-owned land or natural resources about which lands are most appropriate to register as natural areas. Council members represent the public, academic, and private sectors. Members are recognized experts in the ecology of natural areas with expertise in biological and geological sciences.
 

Small Forest Landowner Advisory Committee

 
Small Forest Landowner Advisory Committee
1111 Washington St. SE
MS 47012
Olympia, WA 98504-7012
sfloac@dnr.wa.gov
360-902-1415
Fax: 360-902-1428
 
The Small Forest Landowner Advisory Committee advises the Small Forest Landowner Office and makes policy recommendations to the Forest Practices Board about issues of concern to small forest landowners. Committee members represent state agencies and the Tribes. Other members are small forest landowners selected by the Commissioner of Public Lands from candidates submitted by the Washington Farm Forestry Association.
 

Survey Advisory Board

 
Survey Advisory Board
1111 Washington St. SE
MS 47030
Olympia, WA 98504-7030
sab@dnr.wa.gov
360-902-1181
Fax: 360-902-1191
 
This Board identifies and preserves survey points that describe common land boundaries. It works with government agencies, land surveyors, registered engineers, and the public to maintain indexes of survey records, establish industry standards for accuracy and procedures, and issues permits for removing survey monuments. Board members are professional land surveyors appointed to represent diverse sectors of the land surveying profession, and a geographic representation of the state.
 

Washington Community Forestry Council

 
Washington Community Forestry Council
1111 Washington St. SE
MS 47037
Olympia, WA 98504-7037
wcfc@dnr.wa.gov
1-800-523-TREE or 360-902-1704
Fax: 360-902-1757
 
The council advises the Washington State Urban and Community Forestry Program, which works to educate citizens and decision-makers about the economic, environmental, and other benefits of trees. The Program also helps local governments, citizen groups, and volunteers plant and sustain healthy trees and vegetation throughout Washington State.