Who regulates Forest Practices in Pierce County?
Forest Practices are regulated on non-federal lands in Pierce County by both the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) which is responsible for administering the State Forest Practices Rules, Title 222 WAC and by the Pierce County Department of Planning and Land Services which is responsible for administering Title 18H, Pierce County Development Regulations - Forest Practices. In general, the DNR regulate the harvest of merchantable timber for commercial purposes, whereas, Pierce County regulates the harvest of merchantable timber when associated with the development (conversion) of property to a use other than forestry (i.e., pasture, home site, commercial use, etc.).

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1. What is a Forest Practice?
2. What is Forest Land?
3. What is a Merchantable Stand of Timber?
4. Who regulates Forest Practices in Pierce County?
5. How do I determine if I need a Forest Practices permit to harvest my timber?
6. What is a Class IV-General forest practice?
7. How much does a Class IV-General forest practices permit cost?
8. What is a Development Moratorium?
9. Why is a Development Moratorium imposed on a parcel?
10. What is a “Notice of Moratorium on Non Forestry Use of Land”?
11. Can I develop my parcel when there is a 6-Year Development Moratorium on it?
12. Where can I look to see if a parcel has a 6-Year Development Moratorium?
13. Can a Development Moratorium be removed?
14. Do I need a forest practices permit from Pierce County to cut down trees in order to install a septic system and/or well?
15. Do I need a forest practices permit from Pierce County to cut down trees in order to clear my parcel for my future home?
16. What is a Conversion Option Harvest Plan (COHP)?
17. Do I have to pay any taxes on the timber I harvest?
18. Do I need a forest practices permit from Pierce County to cut down danger/hazard trees?
19. Do I need a forest practices permit from Pierce County to cut down a “few” trees?
20. How can I find or look at Forest Practices application being reviewed by the State?