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December 29, 2017

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

The Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation (FPR) 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. FPR invites the public to attend one of three public gatherings held this January to learn more about AMPs and to add their voice to the conversation.

AMPs are designed to prevent sediment, petroleum products, and woody debris that may be associated with logging operations from entering Vermont's waters. Adopted as rules for Vermont's water quality statutes in 1987, these rules have been critically important in protecting Vermont's water quality during harvesting for over 30 years through collaboration among the 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 gatherings, where the public is invited to participate and add their comments.

The proposed amendment to the AMPs can be found at http://fpr.vermont.gov/forest/vermonts_forests/amps and posted with the Secretary of State at https://www.sec.state.vt.us/. More information on the public meetings 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 Meeting Schedule:

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

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

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

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

Source: Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation
Last Updated at: December 29, 2017 08:32:19