Olympic Peninsula Conservation Programs

Forestry Riparian Easement Program

Program level:


Land use:



Washington DNR

Benefits provided: 


Water-focused program: 


Improve your riparian corridor.



The Forestry Riparian Easement
Program (FREP) provides
compensation for trees required
to be left next to streams,
wetlands, seeps, or adjacent
unstable slopes.
FREP is a voluntary program
that reimburses eligible
landowners for a minimum of
50 percent of the value of the
trees they must, by law, leave to
protect riparian habitat.


Own either a parcel larger than 20 contiguous acres or more than 80 forested acres

You harvest less than 2 million board feet of timber on average, per year

Your timber harvest would be next to a stream river, wetland, lake, or pond

Your harvest does not convert the qualifying land to a use incompatible with growing timber

Financial benefit: 

Compensation for a minimum of 50 percent of the timber value and applies to trees adjacent to streams, wetlands, seeps, or unstable slopes

Contact information

Contact person: 

Dan Pomerenk


Washington Department of Natural Resources

Phone number: 



Information last updated on December 1, 2020.

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