Spray Information for the Skykomish River Valley

WA State DNR Forest Practices Rules and Forest Practices Application (FPA) Review System

Three simple steps for becoming FPA reviewer

FPA Search

Snohomish County Assessor Website

Interactive Map, Snohomish County Online Property Information (SCOPI)

T.28,N.R.6E; T.27,N.R.6E (Monroe)
T.28, N.R.7E; T27,N.R.7E (Monroe)
T.28, N.R.8E; T.27, N.R.8E (Sultan)
T.28, N.R.9E; T.27, N.R.9E (Gold Bar)
T.27, N.R.10E (Index)

You can find parcel numbers in the Summary for latest FPAs (please see the link above) or on page 2 of every FPA.

FPA/N stands for Forest Practice Application/Notification. DNR (WA State Department of Natural Resources) requires that loggers and tree farmers fill these documents, submit them to the DNR local office and get them approved  before they harvest timber, spray chemicals, build or repair forest roads or culverts, thin their plantations, or do other activities. For more information go here.

Please consider becoming a reviewer of FPAs. DNR sends automatic notifications to your email address about new documents in the system. You will know if there is toxic spraying or logging next to your home that can affect your and your family’s health, safety and value of your property. Please see three simple steps for becoming FPA reviewer.

You can send your comments and thoughts to the Northwest Region office of DNR northwest.region@dnr.wa.gov and also to a permittee during 14 days of review process or after, and also to other officials. See more information in Resources.

List of possible concerns for current forest practices:

> logging and toxic chemical spraying harm public health and safety

> toxic chemical spraying contaminates watersheds, ground and surface water (creeks, streams, rivers), sprayed toxics can potentially get to the public and private watercourses,  it harms salmon and Puget Sound Chapter 35.88 RCW WATER POLLUTION—PROTECTION FROM

> logging on steep slopes increases a risk of land/mud slides

> contaminating creeks and streams by putting fill for bridges during road construction

> logging and toxic chemical spraying hurt ecosystems, environment and wildlife

> reduces values of homes and properties

> reduces aesthetic values in the tourism and recreation active areas; hurting tourism and recreation industry

> harming local community, economy, businesses and residents.

Comments can request for conditions to be placed on a permit:

> halting toxic spraying and using mechanical control of unwanted vegetation

> excluding a steep area from the harvest

> doing a partial cut in a gully

> removing logs by helicopter instead of skidding them down a steep unstable slope

> putting a no-cut boundary around a domestic water source

> asking on-site Interdisciplinary Team Review (IDTeam) for the part of the greatest concern

> asking for analysis and evaluations of specific items.

If you are concerned, you can also call the timber companies (Contacts for Toxic Sprays),
government agencies and elected officials (https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials), ask questions and express your worries. Write letters to the editor of your local newspaper, contact TV and radio, tell your neighbors and community about the proposed spray, clearcut and share information on social media, etc. Please be proactive and creative, but also respectful and non-confrontational. Call timber companies and request no spraying and/or to be notified between 3 days to 2 weeks in advance about future dates of pesticide spraying (including aerially and ground-applied herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, and/or fertilizers). Not many people know that toxic aerial spraying happens in Sky Valley but would be concerned if they knew. Most importantly, keep yourself and your family safe. Contact info, What to do before, during and after toxic aerial spraying, More info.