Washington State here
Can anyone quote a source stating the legaliting (or illegality) of driftwood gathering in washington state? I have found that state and national parks, as well as a couple city codes (seattle muni code) making driftwood gathering illegal, but there seems to be no state laws prohibiting collection in public areas or on private land with permission from landowner.
I'm looking at using driftwood in some furniture projects and it seems that it is perfectly legal in most public areas to remove driftwood for use.
can anyone prove me wrong?
info that i have found:
this states that The Washington State Attorney General , ruled that is fully legal for you to collect driftwood from a beach in Washington, with the exception of "logs, piling poles and boom sticks."
[url=http://www-dev.atg.wa.gov/AGOOpinions/opinion.aspx?section=archive&id=13056]LOG PATROL RIGHTS VS. LITTORAL OWNER RIGHTS[/url]
this ruling on vashon also gives clearance to removing driftwood as it's not standing, not vegetation, and if not in a critical area, no permit needed [url]http://your.kingcounty.gov/ddes/RRC/RegReviewDocs/MinRRC061026.pdf[/url]
found this info in a book:
the licensing they are speaking about is timber log recovery licensing.Driftwood management
Driftwood has long been harvested for firewood and even for minor building projects. For years the practice of harvesting driftwood from beaches has been accepted. However, some have questioned the advisability of continuing such practices, especially in light of the better understood ecological role driftwood plays in estuaries and on beaches. Recognizing the benefits of driftwood to natural ecological systems, the State of Oregon has adopted a policy prohibiting the removal of drift logs. This policy does not preclude the beachcomber from collecting pieces of driftwood, but it is intended to prohibit the large-scale removal of large logs for firewood or other uses. The state of washington licenses individuals who wish to retrieve drift logs afloat or on beaches. Behond licensing, washington does not apprear to have any driftwood removal policy applied to the general public
anyone dig up anything that i'm not seeing?