History of the Forest Practices Effectiveness Program
The new rules brought two sweeping changes. One was to define forest practices on non-federal lands for the next 50 years to meet the following goals:
The second was to establish an adaptive management framework “to provide science-based recommendations and technical information to assist the WFPB in determining if and when it is necessary or advisable to adjust rules and guidance for aquatic resources to achieve resource goals and objectives.”
A mechanism to test new rule effectiveness, and modify or adopt additional rules, was thus established by using a feedback loop to test questions relevant to land management, then route results back to policy. Effectiveness monitoring is a tier in this feedback loop.
JNRC (Joint Natural Resources Cabinet). 1999. Statewide Strategy to Recover Salmon - Extinction is not an Option. Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office, Olympia, WA. Available online at: http://www.rco.wa.gov/documents/gsro/1999StatewideStrategyRecoverSalmon.pdf
WFPB. 2001. Final environmental impact statement on alternatives for forest practices rules for: aquatic and riparian resources. Washington Forest Practices Board, Olympia, WA.
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