State DNR Issues 12 Compliance Orders to 10 Businesses in 8 Counties for Forest Practices

The Washington Department of Natural Resources has issued 12 compliance orders in eight counties to 10 companies carrying out forest...

“The Washington Department of Natural Resources has issued 12 compliance orders in eight counties to 10 companies carrying out forest practices.DNR issued the 12 Notices of Failure to Comply or Stop Work orders as a way to bring businesses into compliance with Washington’s Forest Practices Act and Rules. The rules are designed to protect water quality and fish and wildlife habitat while maintaining a viable timber industry in the state. Rules apply to non-federal forestland.Locally, David C. Cook of Roy was issued a Notice of Failure to Comply in Pierce County for operating without an approved forest practices permit.Richard Gustafson/West-Rich Logging of Tacoma was issued a Notice of Failure to Comply in Kitsap County for harvesting timber without an approved forest practices permit and for failing to notify a new landowner of reforestation requirements.Doig Enterprises of Shelton was issued a Notice of Failure to Comply in Clallam County for inadequate road design and construction which resulted in runoff of sediment into a stream, and for not notifying DNR prior to starting operations.Others receiving citations included:- The Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Southeast Region, headquartered in Ellensburg was issued a Notice of Failure to Comply in Yakima County.- Weyerhaeuser Company in Longview was issued two Notices of Failure to Comply in Cowlitz County.- Ron Bennett of Bellevue was issued a Notice of Failure to Comply in Skagit County.- Boise Cascade Corporation in Ellensburg was issued two Notices of Failure to Comply in Kittitas County.- Leonard Boston/Boston Quality Tree Service of Mount Vernon was issued a Notice of Failure to Comply in Skagit County.- Thomas Dickie of Renton was issued a Notice of Failure to Comply in Clallam County.- Diversified Wood Products in Idaho was issued a Notice of Failure to Comply in Pend Oreille County.Those issued a Notice of Failure to Comply may ask DNR to review the action and then may appeal to the Forest Practices Appeal Board. As a final effort, decisions by the appeal board may be appealed to court.”

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