Acceptable Management Practices

CrossingThe 1986 Vermont Legislature passed amendments to Vermont's water quality statutes, Title 10 VSA Chapter 47: Water Pollution Control, which stated that "it is the policy of the state to seek over the long term to upgrade the quality of waters and to reduce existing risks to water quality." The revised state law requires permits for discharges of "any waste, substance or material into the waters of the state." However, individual permits are not required for any discharges that inadvertently result from logging operations, if responsible management practices have been followed to protect water quality. Acceptable Management Practices (AMPs) for Maintaining Water Quality on Logging Jobs in Vermont were developed and adopted as rules for Vermont's water quality statutes and became effective in 1987 and were subsequently revised effective October 22, 2016. AMPs are intended and designed to prevent sediment, petroleum products, and woody debris (logging slash) from entering Vermont’s waters. 

AMP Assistance -


The Temporary Skidder Bridges are being built by Fontaine Millworks in East Montpelier.  The winners of the 12 bridges are listed Here:

Temporary Skidder Bridge Lottery Winners


FPR District Office Contacts


 District AMP Foresters


Information on Temporary Bridge Rentals


Vermont Wetland Rules and the Silviculture Allowed Uses


News relating to the new AMPs:

Upon the role-out of the new AMPs in late 2016 and early 2017, the Department discovered some gaps in the new revised rule.  It was decided that going through the rulemaking process again was necessary in order to make the AMPs more clear, and to provide some missing recommendations for permanent bridges and culverts on intermittent streams.  The proposed revisions were filed with the Secretary of States office on December 8th, 2017.  Please review the documents below to understand what the proposed changes are, and when the public involvement meetings will be held.  If you have any questions regarding the process or the proposed rule, please contact the Watershed Forester Dave Wilcox at 802-793-0265. 

AMP Rulemaking Documents

The public comment period has ended and the Department is working on the responsiveness summary.

Thank you to all of you that came to our meetings and/or provided written comments on the proposed Rules.

For any questions please contact Dave Wilcox, 802-793-0265

AMP proposed revisions 12-8-17

State Rulemaking Forms 

Proposed Rule Coversheet

Public Input Statement 

Economic Imput Statement

Adopting Page

Scientific Information Statement

Annual Statewide Summary Reports

2016 State-Wide Summary Report            2015 State-Wide Summary Report

2014 State-Wide Summary Report            2013 State-Wide Summary Report

2012 State-Wide Summary Report            2011 State-Wide Summary Report