Natural Systems

This section contains brief and general descriptions of the natural geographic systems around which the shoreline management program is designed. The intent of this section is to define those natural systems to which the Shoreline Management Act applies, to highlight some of the features of those systems which are susceptible to damage from human activity, and to provide a basis for the use activity policies and regulations as well as the shoreline environment designations and management policies contained in this Shoreline Master Program.

Additional Information
The information found in this section was derived mainly from the Department of Ecology's section on The Natural System in the Final Guidelines, Shoreline Management Act, 1971, (WAC 173-16-050). It was intended that this section should provide criteria to local governments in the development of their master programs.