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.

The New AMP Manual is Complete!

Its done! The AMP manual is now available. You can pick one up at your local Forests, Parks and Recreation office or download a pdf here: AMP Manual.pdf

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

 

The Forest Watershed Program is announcing the next round of skidder bridge grant applications.

For this round, there are two types of bridges available:

Temporary Wooden Skidder Bridges- there will be 22 bridges available free of charge to eligible loggers and foresters who work in the Lake Champlain watershed. These bridges are the standard 12’ wide and 20’ long Hemlock bridges that are made up of three panels. Any logger or forester that makes 51% or more of their income from logging is eligible to apply. A lottery system will be used to select the bridge grantees, and each grantee will have to sign a grant agreement with the State of Vermont. Grantees will be responsible for picking up the bridge in East Montpelier. The bridges are being built now and will be available later in the summer. Funding for these bridges is from the Lake Champlain Basin Program and priority will be given to those loggers and foresters working in the Champlain Basin. Applications are Due August 5th for the Wooden bridges.

Temporary Steel Skidder Bridges- there will be 5 heavy duty steel skidder bridges available at a 75% cost-share. The bridges are made of two panels 6’ wide and 25’ long with 3 I-beams per side and a Hemlock deck. These bridges cost $15,668 to build and the cost to the grantee will be $3,917.05. Any logger or forester that makes 51% or more of their income from logging is eligible to apply. A lottery system will be used to select the bridge grantees and each grantee will have to sign a grant agreement with the State of Vermont. Grantees will be responsible for picking up the bridge in Putney. The bridges are being built now and will be available later in the summer. Funding for these bridges comes from State Capitol funds and Clean Water Funds. Applications are Due August 10th for the Steel bridges.

You can see the Grant applications Here:

Wooden Bridge Application

Steel Bridge Application

 

Other Resources for Temporary Bridge Designs 

AMP Assistance:

Resources

Annual Statewide Summary Reports

 

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