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Prohibited Practices

Prohibited Practices:

a) High-grading;

b) Whole forest species conversion;

c) Elimination or attempt to eliminate any indigenous tree (or other) species, either at the level of the whole forest, or at any specific site or stand;

d) Action or policy which will lessen natural biological diversity;

e) Even-aged management in Streamside Management Zones;

f) Harvesting the forest in any location that will directly or indirectly affect the current population viability of an endangered or threatened species;

g) No use of toxic or banned chemicals in vegetative management or control of other problem insect, animal and other species, or disease and infestation agents.

Restricted Practices.

a) Clear-cuts and other even-aged management (EAM) strategies will not be used, except as a last resort in stands afflicted with disease, insect infestation and other severe and pervasive mortality or degradation. In any situation where a complete clear-cut must be done - i.e., all stems cut - the maximum size of a given clear-cut will be no greater than 2 acres. In any situation where other EAM treatments - such as shelterwood cuts - are necessitated, each area so treated can be from 2 to no greater than 20 acres, but not to exceed 70% of crown cover removal. Over a 20 year cutting cycle, no more than 5% of the timber base may be harvested using EAM. No EAM can be used in Streamside Management Zones.

b) Use of chemicals in vegetative management or control of other problem insect, animal and other species, or disease and infestation agents, should be a last resort when all other options for dealing with a critical problem have failed; and the use of chemicals should be minimal, allowing only the least toxic agents possible, causing the least possible damage to the environment with consideration given to the cost/benefits in that respect.

Salvage Cuts. In situations where serious and widespread damage has been done to the forest as a result of fire, wind, insect damage, disease or other disasters through human or natural cause, salvage harvesting may be conducted. Salvage harvest operations, including the use of even-age techniques, on a larger scale than allowed in these provisions, and any other necessary deviation from these provisions must be specifically approved in writing by the landowner before such harvest measures are implemented.