Responsible Logging, Clean Water: Public Invited to Comment on Proposed Rule Amendments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 26, 2017

Media Contact:
Dave Wilcox
Watershed Forester
Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation
Agency of Natural Resources
david.wilcox@vermont.gov
802-793-0265

Responsible Logging, Clean Water:
Public Invited to Comment on Proposed Rule Amendments

MONTPELIER – The Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation is now accepting public comments on the proposed state rule amendment to the Acceptable Management Practices (AMPs) for Maintaining Water Quality on Logging Jobs in Vermont. Three public hearings will be held next month to provide more information on AMPs and to solicit and record public comment.

AMPs are designed to prevent sediment, petroleum products, and woody debris that may be associated with logging operations from entering Vermont’s waters. They were adopted as rules for Vermont’s water quality statutes in 1987 and have been critically important in protecting Vermont’s water quality during harvesting for over 30 years through collaboration among landowners, foresters and loggers who have implemented them. They were last amended in October 2016. However, it was discovered during training sessions on implementing these new rules that there were additional changes that could improve the understanding and implementation of AMP practices. These changes will be explained at the upcoming public meetings, where public comment is invited.

The proposed amendment to the AMPs can be found at: http://fpr.vermont.gov/forest/vermonts_forests/amps and is posted with the Secretary of State at: https://www.sec.state.vt.us/ .   More information on the public hearings can be found below. 
Comments can also be sent by mail, email or fax to:

Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation
Attn: Dave Wilcox
1 National Life Drive, Suite 200
Montpelier, VT 05620-3801
E-mail: david.wilcox@vermont.gov
Fax: (802) 828-1399

Public Comments are due by end of business day - February 2, 2018

Public Hearing Schedule:

Lyndon State College – Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Burke Mountain Room, 5:00 – 7:30pm 
1001 College Road    
Lyndonville, VT 05851   

Howe Center – Thursday, January 18, 2018
Rail room, 5:00-7:30pm
1 Scale Avenue
Rutland, VT 05701

UVM Extension Office– Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Classroom, 5:00 – 7:30pm
327 US Route 302
Berlin, VT 05641