Statewide Standards for Timber Harvesting in Shoreland Areas

Maine Forest Service Rulemaking Proposal – Amendment to Statewide Standards for Timber Harvesting and Related Activities in Shoreland Areas

Agency:  01-669 – Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Forestry (Maine Forest Service)

Chapter Number and Title:  Ch. 21, Statewide Standards for Timber Harvesting and Related Activities in Shoreland Areas

Proposed Rule Number: 2015-P001

Brief Summary: The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is delegating permit granting authority to the Bureau of Forestry (Maine Forest Service) for timber harvesting and related activities regulated under the Natural Resources Protection Act (NRPA). This rule-making will amend Maine Forest Service Ch. 21 “Statewide Standards for Timber Harvesting and Related Activities in Shore land Areas” to incorporate the permitting process and reconcile differences between NRPA water crossing standards and standards in Ch. 21. It also clarifies which activities are considered timber harvesting and which are not when vegetation is removed in proximity of existing development.

To obtain a copy of the proposed rule contact:

  • Patti Roberts, Maine Forest Service, 22 State House Station, Augusta ME 04333
  • Telephone: (207) 287-2791
  • E-mail: Patti.Roberts@Maine.gov

Public Hearings:

  • Farmington:  February 3rd 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in Farmington at the University of Maine – Farmington, Olsen Student Center, Dining Hall Section C
  • Bangor:  February 4th 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in Bangor at the Bangor Motor Inn 701 Hogan Road, Bangor

Comment Deadline: Monday February 16th 5:00 p.m.

Submit Comments:  

  • Patti Roberts, Maine Forest Service, 22 State House Station, Augusta ME 04333
  • or by e-mail: Patti.Roberts@Maine.gov

Contact Person for this filing / Small Business Information:

  • Keith Kanoti, 22 State House Station, Augusta ME 04333
  • Telephone: (207) 287-1073
  • E-mail:  Keith.Kanoti@Maine.gov

Impact on Municiplaties or Counties: None

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MFS Rule - Chapter 21 Statewide Standards for Timber Harvesting and Related Activities in Shoreland Areas

Statewide Standards for Timber Harvesting and Related Activities in Shoreland Areas will be taking effect in certain municipalities January 1, 2013.

On January 1, 2013 organized towns that have decided to adopt statewide standards for timber harvesting and related activities in shoreland areas will have statewide standards go into effect. 

Towns that have either elected to retain their old shoreland zoning ordinance for timber harvesting or not taken action on statewide standards will continue under their old shoreland zoning rules until they take action.

Areas under the administration of the Land Use Planning Commission (formerly know as LURC) will also continue under current rules for the time being. 

A map and list of the status of each town is below. The map and list will be updated as new towns adopt statewide standards.

Town Status List (pdf)

Town Status Map (pdf)

Listing of Statewide Standards for Timber Harvesting in Shoreland Areas Municipality Maps

Forest Operations Notifications Addendum: Chapter 21 - Statewide Standards in Shoreland Areas (pdf | Word)

Presentation on Statewide Standards (pdf)

Statewide Standards for Timber Harvesting and Related Activities in Shoreland Areas (DEP Towns) Information Sheet (pdf)

Maine Forest Service Interpretations of the Statewide Standards for Timber Harvesting and Related Activities in Shoreland Areas (pdf)

Title 38 §437. Significant river segments identified (pdf)

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