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Forestry Advisory Committee

Purpose: The Forestry Advisory Committee provides review and recommendations to the Whatcom County Council on issues that affect the forestry industry. The Forestry Advisory Committee also provides a forum for all sectors of the forestry community to contribute to discussions on the future of forestry in Whatcom County.

Duties: The Forestry Advisory Committee reports directly to the County Council or other appropriate advisory boards, commissions, and committees as necessary to carry out the following functions:

  1. Review and provide recommendations on zoning issues, comprehensive plans, subarea plans, regulation and annexation issues, and other proposals which directly affect lands or forestry activities in or adjacent to forest land.
  2. Establish, promote, and implement a comprehensive forestry protection and preservation program.
  3. Analyze and develop recommendations that will assist the County in addressing issues which affect forestry at the county, regional, state, and federal levels.
  4. Assist, upon request of the Director of Planning and Development Services, that department by providing review and comment on comprehensive planning and zoning related issues in or adjacent to forest land.

Authority:  Whatcom County Ordinance 2013-014, Whatcom County Code 2.123

Contact Person:  County Council Office, 676-6690

Vacancies:  See Council vacancy list

Term Limit:  2 full terms, one year separation required after two terms.

Term Length: 4 years

Number of Members: 11 Members. 2 representatives from each of the following categories: small forest landowner, commercial forest landowner, harvester, citizen with forestry expertise, and forest product manufacturer. The committee also includes a representative from the State Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Current member list