Practice Areas

Land Use & Natural Resources

The attorneys at Carmichael Clark have significant experience representing clients in a broad array of land use and natural resources matters. The firm’s clients include individual property owners, small local land developers, large developers, municipalities, and regional and national timber and logging companies.

The firm’s attorneys have extensive experience and a successful record in handling land development issues in Whatcom, Skagit, Island, and San Juan Counties involving:

  • Washington’s Growth Management Act
  • WA state Environmental Policy Act (SEPA)
  • Washington shoreline regulations
  • Local zoning and development ordinances
  • Wetland and sensitive land (critical area) laws.

Additionally, the firm successfully defends, obtains, and establishes water rights for both private clients and public entities.

Being located in Whatcom County in Northwest Washington, Carmichael Clark has a long history representing individuals and businesses involved in the logging and timber industries, which provides it a unique understanding of those industries and the goals of those involved in them. The firm has extensive experience and a successful record of representing landowners and logging companies in Washington’s Forest Practices Act applications before the state Department of Natural Resources. The firm also has extensive experience representing landowners and logging companies in lawsuits involving damage caused by logging activities, including landslides.

The firm’s natural resources practice includes work on water quality and quantity issues relating to the federal Clean Water Act. The firm has also worked with the cultural concerns of native tribes under the National Historic Preservation Act and other state laws..

Land Use and Natural Resources Law Attorneys

Robert A. Carmichael
Robert A. Carmichael
T. Gregory Greenan
T. Gregory Greenan
Catherine A. Moore
Catherine A. Moore
Bridget M Bryck
Bridget M Bryck

Court Cases

Land Use

Tideland "Squatters"

Successfully evicted several “squatters” living in boats from tidelands owned by the Department of Natural Resources and leased by our client, a forest management company, using an unlawful detainer action. Worked with local law enforcement, state agencies and our client to peacefully serve and enforce the evictions and to properly dispose of an abandoned derelict vessel.

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