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The King County Rural Forest Commission is an advisory group of 13 volunteer members, appointed by the King County Executive, who represent a variety of rural forest interests and advise the County on policies and programs affecting rural forests.

Commissioners represent the diversity of rural forestry interests and geographic regions of rural King County, including: private rural forest landowners; advocates of non-timber values of forest land; affected Indian tribes; consumers or users of local forest products (e.g., mills, lumber suppliers, artisans, florist suppliers, and others); academic or professional foresters or forestry associations; rural cities (including Black Diamond, Carnation, Duvall, Enumclaw, North Bend, Skykomish, and Snoqualmie); and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.

Commission members must have a working knowledge of King County forestry, a strong commitment to promote forestry in the rural area, the ability to work with differing viewpoints to find solutions to complex problems, and a willingness to commit the time. Commission members are asked to volunteer for a minimum term of three years. Duties include attending bi-monthly meetings on the third Thursday of every other month at the Preston Community Center (usually) and occasional subcommittee meetings. Inquiries from King County residents interested in serving on the Commission are welcome at any time.

Recognizing that conserving healthy forests is essential to protecting and restoring water and air quality, providing recreational opportunities and maintaining a viable forestry industry in King County, the Commission issued the report Actions Required for King County to Conserve Rural Forests in 2009.

Meetings:

The Commission meets six times a year and meetings are open to the public. In 2019, meetings will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the following dates:

1) January 17, 2019:  Preston Community Center, 8625 310th Ave SE, Preston
    (Agenda)

2) March 21, 2019:  Preston Community Center, 8625 310th Ave SE, Preston
    (Agenda)

2a) April 18, 2019:  Conference Call, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. (206-263-8114, conference ID 797972)
    (Agenda)

3) May 16, 2019:  King Conservation District, 800 SW 39th St., Suite 150, Renton
    (Agenda)

4) July 18, 2019: Preston Community Center, 8625 310th Ave SE, Preston

5) September 19, 2019: Preston Community Center, 8625 310th Ave SE, Preston

6) November 21, 2019: Lake Wilderness Lodge, 22500 SE 248th St., Maple Valley

From time to time the Commission meets via conference call. Members of the public may listen to the discussion at a central location.

For more information, please contact Richard Martin at richard.martin@kingcounty.gov or 206-477-3876.

Past meeting minutes (Adobe Acrobat PDF format):

2019
January 17, 2019
March 21, 2019
April 18, 2019

2018
January 18, 2018
March 15, 2018
May 17, 2018
July 19, 2018
September 20, 2018
November 15, 2018

2017
January 19, 2017
March 16, 2017
May 18, 2017
July 20, 2017
September 21, 2017
November 16, 2017

2016
January 21, 2016
March 10, 2016
May 12, 2016
July 14, 2016
September 8, 2016
November 10, 2016

2015
January 15, 2015
March 12, 2015
May 14, 2015
July 9, 2015
September 10, 2015
November 12, 2015

2014
January 16, 2014
March 13, 2014
May 8, 2014
July 10, 2014
September 11, 2014 
November 13, 2014

2013
November 14, 2013
September 12, 3013
July 11, 2013
May 9, 2013
March 14, 2013
January 10, 2013

7/26/19 News Release: King County seeks Rural Forest Commission applicants to advise on forestland conservation, economic development

Two positions are open; for more information, click the link above to view the full news release. To request an application, contact Richard Martin. The application deadline is August 30, 2019.

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Commission members and the forest interests they represent

Monica Paulson Priebe (Chair)
Academic forester

Amy LaBarge (Vice Chair)
Professional forester (forest ecologist)

Steven Mullen-Moses (Executive Committee Member)
Affected Tribes (Snoqualmie Tribe)

Wendy Davis (Executive Committee Member)
Forest landowner

Andy Chittick
Forest landowner and consumer or user of local forest products (forester/sawmill operator)

Bernie McKinney
Forest landowner and advocate of non-timber values of forest land 

Daryl Harper
Forest landowner

Grady Steere
Forest landowner (Campbell Global)

Li Hsi
Forest landowner

Wyatt Golding
Advocate of non-timber values of forest land

Jeff Boyce
Professional forester and rural cities

Steve Horton
Forest landowner and consumer or user of local forest products

Laurie Benson
Washington State Department of Natural Resources

Brandy Reed (ex officio)
King Conservation District

Kelsey Ketcheson (ex officio)
Washington State University Extension

Martie Schramm (ex officio)
USDA Forest Service
Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

Commission Staff

Richard Martin
King County Forestry Program

For questions about the Rural Forest Commission, please contact Richard Martin, Environmental Programs Managing Supervisor, at richard.martin@kingcounty.gov or (206) 477-3876.

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