FAQs for Landowners
How long is a cutting plan valid?
Answer: A Forest Cutting Plan is valid for two years from the date received with the opportunity for 2, 1-year extensions
FAQs for Conservation Commissions
What are the responsibilities of a Conservation Commission when they receive a Forest Cutting Plan (FCP)?
Answer: Once a FCP is received, a Conservation Commission is allotted 10 business days to review and comment on the FCP. The Conservation Commission should review the submitted FCP and notify the appropriate DCR Service Forester if any of the following should occur:
- Resource Areas appear to be inaccurately identified
- The limits of cutting or property boundaries are unclear
- Wetland or stream crossings are not depicted or depicted inaccurately
- The submitted FCP appears to allow for or sanction explicit or implicit change in land use from forest to some other use.
- The Conservation Commission should notify the appropriate DCR Service Forester if any of the above should occur. All final decisions relative to the approval or disapproval of a Forest Cutting Plan will be made by a DCR Service Forester.
Can a Conservation Commission comment on a Forest Cutting Plan or timber harvest while the operation is active?
Answer: At any point a FCP is active, the Conservation Commission can and should direct any questions or concerns regarding the FCP and associated timber harvest to their regional DCR Service Forester.
Should the Conservation Commission be reviewing a Forest Cutting Plan (FCP) in the field?
Answer: The submission of a forest cutting plan does not give permission to a Conservation Commission to enter an applicant’s property. DCR Service Foresters conduct field inspections of FCP’s prior to determination to ensure accuracy and regulatory compliance. The Service Forester may inspect the harvest area at any time while the FCP is valid. If requested, Conservation Commission agents can arrange an office meeting, or field meeting with prior landowner permission, with the Service Forester to review resource area boundaries and forest cutting activities.
What happens if the Conservation Commission receives a Forest Cutting Plan (FCP), but has not had a chance to review the FCP before approval by DCR?
Answer: Ideally, both DCR and the local Conservation Commission should receive the FCP at the same time. Once received, each party is allotted 10 business days to review a FCP. If the Conservation Commission meets irregularly and there are concerns over a plan that has already been approved by DCR, the Conservation Commission should contact their DCR Service Forester.
Answer: If a Conservation Commission did not receive a copy of the initial filing, they should contact their regional Service Forester. If the plan preparer cannot show proof of mailing, then the operation may be halted until the Conservation Commission is given their 10 business day review period.
Who can I contact if I have questions or concerns regarding a Forest Cutting Plan (FCP)?
Answer: Conservation Commissions should contact their regional DCR Service Forester if any questions or concerns arise regarding a FCP. The Service Forester’s contact information is provided on DCR’s website.
Answer: Questions or concerns from town residents may be forwarded to the DCR Service Forester as well.
Answer: Contact information can also be found on the orange FCP Certificate which should be clearly posted outside any active DCR approved timber harvest.
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