King County Rural Forest Commission
King County, Washington
The King County Rural Forest Commission is an advisory group of 13 volunteer members who represent a variety of rural forest interests. They advise the County on policies and programs affecting rural forests.
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 its recommendations for conserving rural forests. Read the Commission's report here: Actions Required for King County to Conserve Rural Forests, May 2009 (PDF)
The King County Rural Forest Commission – a 13-member, volunteer advisory group appointed by the King County Executive – is actively recruiting three new members to guide policy and programs in the coming years. Applicants must be residents of King County who have a working knowledge of King County forestry and a strong commitment to conserving forestland in the county.
The Commission advises King County on long-term conservation of forest land and economic development considerations in rural forestry. The Commission represents an array of rural forest interests and we seek diverse applicants who may reflect and represent the spectrum of rural forestry stakeholders.
Specifically we are seeking applicants who represent the following interests:
- rural cities in King County (Black Diamond, Carnation, Duvall, Enumclaw, North Bend, Skykomish, Snoqualmie);
- residential forest landowners with greater than twenty acres of rural forest land enrolled in the Forest Land Designation program; and
- professional or academic foresters or forestry associations
We also welcome applications from:
- residential forest landowners with less than twenty acres of forest land;
- forest landowners with greater than 40 acres of rural forest land in King County; and
- affected Tribes
Commission members are asked to volunteer for a minimum term of three years. Duties include attending bi-monthly meetings from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the third Thursday of the month at the Preston Community Center (unless otherwise noted) and occasional subcommittee meetings.
- Rural Forest Commission Application (Rich Text Format)
Applications are due by July 15, 2018.
The Commission meets six times a year. Meetings in 2018 will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Preston Community Center (unless otherwise noted), 8625 310th Ave SE, Preston, WA. The public is welcome to attend. Upcoming meeting dates are as follows:
September 20, 2018 (Thursday)*
*This meeting will be held at the Lake Wilderness Lodge, 22500 SE 248th Street, Maple Valley
November 15, 2018 (Thursday)
From time to time the Commission meets via conference call. Members of the public may listen to the discussion at a central location.
For agendas or to be added to the mailing list, please contact Andrea Plischke.
Past meeting minutes (Adobe Acrobat PDF format):
- Forestry Services and Information
- Agriculture in King County, Washington
- Rural Services Directory
- Equity and Social Justice
Sign up for announcements about the Rural Forest Commission
Nate Veranth (Chair)
Rex Thompson (Vice-Chair)
Cascadia Pacific Group
Green River Coalition
North Bend resident
Washington State Department of Natural Resources
Monica Paulsen Priebe
Green River College
Brandy Reed (ex officio)
King Conservation District
Kelly Ketcheson (ex officio)
Washington State University Extension
Martie Schramm (ex officio)
USDA Forest Service
Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Commissioner list (PDF)