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 August 11, 2018 AMPs are intended and designed to prevent sediment, petroleum products, and woody debris (logging slash) from entering Vermont’s waters. 

AMP Assistance:

The 2019 Temporary Skidder Bridge cost share program is now accepting applications!

There are two opportunities this year to get cost share funding for the purchase of temporary bridges.

  • Wooden laminated skidder bridges. If you are selected for the cost share program, these bridges can be purchased as a completed bridge, or you can purchase the materials and assemble the bridge yourself and submit an invoice for the labor and materials, with other required documentation (see application for additional information). Either way you choose to do it, the cost share amount will be 80% of the cost, up to $1,800.
  • Heavy-duty steel temporary skidder bridges. If you are selected for the cost share program, these bridges must be purchased as completed units, and required documentation (see application for additional information) must be provided to FPR. The cost share amount will be 75% of the cost, up to $9,000. 

For both types of bridges, all transportation costs will be the responsibility of the grant recipient. Any qualifying applicant can put in one application for each type of bridge (wood laminated or heavy-duty steel), but only one bridge will be awarded to an applicant based on the competitive scoring process.

Based on feedback we received about the 2018 skidder bridge program, we have broadened eligibility beyond logging contractors, understanding that professionals managing multiple logging operations may have the opportunity to utilize bridges more times per year. See the application and scoring process for more information. Cost share funds for at least three steel bridges, and ten wooden bridges will be awarded.

Get a PDF Application:
 Steel Bridge Designs:

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 rulemaking process was completed between January and July of 2018.  Thanks to all those who provided review and input in the process.  The new proposed AMPs were approved by LCAR in July 2018, and the rules went into effect on August 11, 2018.

The Department is working on the new AMP manual, which will include the new rules, as well as supporting information on each of the AMPs, along with information on planning timber harvests, wetlands, and hazardous materials.  The new manual will be completed by late spring of 2019.  The new rules can be found here:  Acceptable Management Practices (AMPs) for Maintaining Water Quality on Logging Jobs in Vermont

If you have any questions regarding the new rule, please contact the Watershed Forester Dave Wilcox at 802-793-0265. 

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Danielle Fitzko, Director
Division of Forests
1 National Life Drive, Davis 2
Montpelier, VT 05620
(802) 828-1531