Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

AGO 1953 NO. 130 > Sep 10 1953

1. The log patrol act as amended by the 1953 legislature is applicable to the waters of the Columbia river forming a common boundary between the states of Washington and Oregon.  2. A log patrolman in the state of Oregon but not licensed in the state of Washington may not operate in waters of the Columbia river which forms a common boundary between Washington and Oregon.  3. Whether a log patrol association is an agent of an owner of logs such that it may operate without a log patrol license depends upon factual information concerning its methods of organization and operation not provided in your question.  4. A licensed log patrolman may not own and operate his own private nonincorporated boom company for the disposition of stray logs.  5. The log patrol act requires a bond from each log patrolman unless he be a bona fide agent of a licensee who is in fact in charge of the log patrol activities of the agent.  6. Advance partial or full payment to the log patrolman by the boom company for log patrol services is improper.

AGO 1954 NO. 269 > Jun 10 1954

An unbranded log which has broken loose from private storage on a river and has floated down the river to be captured by a booming company is a stray log within the meaning of the log patrol act and the net proceeds of sale thereof escheat to the state pursuant to RCW 76.40.050.

AGO 1951 NO. 463 > Mar 6 1951

A corporation organized as a boom company must file with the Secretary of State, the plat or survey referred to in Rem. Rev. Stat., section 8400 (section 76.07.02 [[RCW 76.28.020]], RCW) even though it is unnecessary for such corporation to acquire private property by condemnation.