How do I determine if I need a Forest Practices permit to harvest my timber?
Information can be obtained from the State of Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) South Puget Sound Region office located at: 950 Farman Street North, Enumclaw, WA 98022-9282. Phone: (360) 825-1631 or 1(800) 527-3305. Information is also available on the DNR website at http://www.dnr.wa.gov/programs-and-services/forest-practices.
The Pierce County website also contains information on forest practices, including, but not limited to, Title 18H, the
Forest Practice Application Checklist
, which is used when requesting approval from Pierce County to harvest timber or to lift/waive a development moratorium, and a handout entitled 3 Steps to Determine if a Forest Practices Permit is Necessary.
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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?