King County seeks citizens for Rural Forest Commission
February 16, 2011
NEW — 8 a.m. Feb. 16, 2011
King County seeks applicants for the Rural Forest Commission, the citizen board responsible for advising the county executive and County Council about forestland and forestry issues.
Created in 1997, the commission advises leaders on policies and programs, identifies strategies to conserve forestlands, and promotes forestry in rural areas.
The all-volunteer commission meets a half dozen times per year, and sometimes for subcommittees. The county Department of Natural Resources and Parks needs to fill four open seats.
“One of the benefits of the commission is the opportunity to communicate rural viewpoints directly to county managers and elected officials,” Linda Vane, the county staff liaison to the commission, said in a release.
Commission applicants should have a working knowledge of forestry in the county and the ability to work among many viewpoints to find solutions to complex problems. The county also encourages people to apply if they own a small forest — especially a residential forest landowner of more than 20 acres of rural forestland enrolled in the Forest Land Designation Program — reside in a rural city, represent a forestry professional association, or represent consumers or other users of local forest products.
Other groups represented on the Rural Forest Commission include environmentalists, American Indian tribes, industrial forestland owners, small forestland owners and professional foresters.
Contact the county Forestry Program at 206-296-8042, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the program website to request application materials.