King County Rural Forest Commission
King County, Washington
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.
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
2) March 21, 2019: Preston Community Center, 8625 310th Ave SE, Preston
2a) April 18, 2019: Conference Call, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. (206-263-8114, conference ID 797972)
3) May 16, 2019: King Conservation District, 800 SW 39th St., Suite 150, Renton
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-477-3876.
Past meeting minutes (Adobe Acrobat PDF format):
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)
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 and consumer or user of local forest products (forester/sawmill operator)
Forest landowner and advocate of non-timber values of forest land
Forest landowner (Campbell Global)
Advocate of non-timber values of forest land
Professional forester and rural cities
Forest landowner and consumer or user of local forest products
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
For questions about the Rural Forest Commission, please contact Richard Martin, Environmental Programs Managing Supervisor, at email@example.com or (206) 477-3876.