A Conversion Option Harvest Plan - (COHP) is a timber harvest plan developed by the landowner indicating the limits of timber harvest, road constructions, and critical areas. Compliance with an approved COHP releases the property from the otherwise mandatory six-year development moratorium, associated with a Class II or Class III forest practices permit issued by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
The COHP must first be submitted to Pierce County for review and approval before submitting an application to the DNR for a Class II or Class III forest practices permit.
The COHP must comply with Pierce County Code Title 18E, Critical Areas and Title 17A, Site Development and Storm Drainage.
Use this checklist as a guide to a complete application.
Letter of Authorization
The owner must provide a signed letter of authorization for the applicant in the event of the applicant is not the property owner.
The site plan must be drawn to scale, no smaller than 1-inch = 200-feet and should include: harvest boundaries and tree retention areas, the approximate location of existing structures, the location of all existing and proposed streets, the rights-of-way and easements, skid roads, haul roads, the location of future development (buildings, drainfield, well), 40-foot contours, critical areas and associated buffers, drainage ways and culverts, the location of all landings, and a north arrow.
The site must be posted with a sign obtained from the Pierce County Planning and Land Services Department. The sign and declaration form will be mailed to you after you submit a complete application and fees are paid.
A completed and signed COHP Forest Practices Permit application form is required.
You must include a Written Narrative description of: The objectives of the timber harvest (ex. Thin, log for future development); the relationship of harvest to future development; the built and natural features on the parcel; the harvest method (ground, cable, animal); and the expected dates of commencement and completion.