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NOTICE: The TFW Monitoring Program is currently inactive. Selected elements of the program can still be accessed as indicated. All cooperator services have been discontinued including study design assistance, method training, field assistance, quality assurance reviews, and data management. This site will be maintained for information related to the program intent, application, and structure and in anticipation of the program being reactivated. Please check periodically for status.

Update: All TFW Monitoring Method Manuals are available for download!

A cornerstone of Washington’s Timber-Fish-Wildlife (TFW) forest management system is adaptive management, the process of gathering and using scientific information to evaluate and improve management decisions. Monitoring is an important element of the adaptive management process that is necessary to determine whether the aquatic resource protection goals of the 1988 TFW Agreement are being achieved. The TFW Monitoring Program (TFW-MP) is a cooperative, inter-agency monitoring effort initiated in 1989 to fill the need for monitoring information in the TFW process. It focuses on assessing and monitoring channel and salmonid habitat conditions in streams on state and private forest land in Washington State, and evaluating the effectiveness of forest practices in meeting habitat and water quality goals.