King County seeks citizens for Rural Forest Commission

March 1, 2011

By Staff

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 about 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 more for subcommittees. The county Department of Natural Resources and Parks needs to fill four open seats.

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.

Groups represented on the Rural Forest Commission include environmentalists, American Indian tribes, industrial forestland owners, small forestland owners and professional foresters.

Call the county Forestry Program at 206-296-8042, e-mail staff liaison Linda Vane at linda.vane@kingcounty.gov or visit the program website, www.kingcounty.gov/ environment/waterandland/ forestry/ruralforestcommission, to request application materials.

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