After six months and 60 meetings, the Timber Fish Wildlife Agreement was announced on February 17, 1987. The goals of the agreement were to provide for the environment and for a healthy forest industry. Changes in rules are negotiated among the parties instead of argued before a commission or a court. A three-year moratorium on new regulations allowed the group to formulate its own proposals. Each logging site was dealt with individually based on the best science at the time (adaptive management), rather than on broad and complex regulations. Both fish-bearing streams, and the upland watersheds that supported them, were protected.