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Abstract

This comment analyzes the problems created by the Forest Practices Act’s scheme for environmental review. First, the comment examines the statutory definitions of the forest practices classes, determining which forest practice classes are within the scope of SEPA review under the FPA. Second, the comment discusses the effect of the 1981 State Environmental Policy Act amendment on the types of forest practices exempt from SEPA. The comment further points out the failure of the existing forest practices regulations to achieve the policy balance required by the FPA. The comment’s conclusion is two-fold: the Classic “U” holding best represents the legislature’s statutory intent regarding the scope of SEPA review of forest practices; continued failure of the forest practices board to reconcile its regulations with the legislative directive will necessitate an FPA amendment requiring strict environmental review of all forest practices.