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Keyword: forest laws (21)

Basal Area Law

Summarizes the basal area law (RSA 227-J:9) which requires forested buffers be left along town and state roads, streams, and bodies of water following a timber harvest.

Best Management Practices for Erosion Control on Timber Harvesting Operations in New Hampshire

Guidelines for conducting forest management in and adjacent to wetlands and surface waters are known as best management practices. This booklet contains these guidelines, some of which are law. Updated 2016.

Best Management Practices for Forestry: Protecting New Hampshire's Water Quality

Describes Best Management Practices (BMPs) for protecting water quality during forest harvests.

Deceptive Forestry Business Practices

Summarizes the deceptive forestry business practices law (RSA 227-J:15) which requires a written contract, with mutually agreed upon prices and amounts, as well as a time-line for remuneration for all forest products subject to a "notice of intent to cut."

Eligibility and Enrollment in New Hampshire's Current Use Taxation Program

This report examines current use around the state, published in 1995.

Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine Compliance Agreement

The State of New Hampshire Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine Compliance Agreement- Treatment Options- for forest products.

Good Forestry in the Granite State: Recommended Voluntary Forest Management Practices for New Hampshire

Second edition 2010. The purpose of this guide is to provide New Hampshire landowners, and the professionals that work with them, practical recommendations on sustainable management practices for individual forest ownerships. From this website, the entire book or individual chapters can be viewed and printed as pdfs or individual chapters can be viewed and printed as html.

Guide to New Hampshire Timber Harvesting Laws

Includes information on laws on current use assessment, timber tax, wetlands, timber trespass, deceptive business practices, basal area, slash and land conversion. Landowners, loggers, foresters, municipal officials and others will find what they need when planning or reviewing a timber harvest.

Maine Forest Laws

2014, Maines Forest Laws

New Hampshire Forestry Reports

From 1885 through 1960, the precurser to today's state forestry agency, the N.H. Division of Forests and Lands in the Dept. of Resources and Economic Development published periodic reports to the state legislature on the forests of New Hampshire.

New Hampshire Timber Yield Tax Overview (RSA 79)

Outlines the requirements of New Hampshire's timber tax law.

New Hampshire's Licensed Foresters

Description of New Hampshire's licensed forester law including relevant statutes and rules.  

Publications Available from Forestry Information Center

A list of publications are available through the UNH Cooperative Extension Forestry Information Center. If you are interested in receiving any, please check them off and return the list to: Forestry Information Center, 211 Nesmith Hall, 131 Main Street Durham, NH 03824-3597.

Shoreland Water Quality Protection Act

Links to the NH DES webpage outlining current shoreland protection regulations for landowners, timber harvesters, developers, and others working near waterways and waterbodies in NH.

Slash Law

Summarizes the slash law (RSA 227-J:10) which restricts where tree debris can be left after a timber harvest.

The Timber Sale Contract

Selling timber is a complicated matter that involves knowing about markets, tree values, future tree potential, laws, safety, liability, ground conditions, and a host of environmental factors. It may be a “once in a lifetime” event with long term consequences for yourself and your land. This fact sheet describes how timber is commonly sold, provides an overview of a well-written contract, reviews RSA 227-J:15 which requires a timber sale contract and includes a sample contract.

Timber Sale Guidelines

Timber sale refers to any significant harvest of wood products involving an exchange of monies. Timber sales may involve sales of trees used to make lumber (sawtimber),fuelwood, whole tree chips, pulp, or any combination of these products. This fact sheet reviews what to consider before selling timber; who can help; how timber is commonly sold; and timber sale contracts.

Timber Trespass

Summarizes the timber trespass law (RSA 227-J:8) and the civil or a criminal penalties assessed.

Tornado Damage and the Timber Tax

This technical information release (TIR) provided information to municipalities and property owners regarding timber tax compliance as a result of the 2008 tornado

Using the NH DataCheck Tool and the new Wetlands Minimum Impact Forestry Notification Form

Handouts from a November 2012 workshop on Using the NH DataCheck Tool and the new Wetlands Minimum Impact Forestry Notification Form

Woodlot Boundary Line Marking

In addition to emphasizing the importance of clearly marked woodlot boundary lines, provides general guidelines for locating, blazing and painting boundary lines.

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