- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 41. Public Resources
- Chapter 17. Forest Resources and Practices
- Section 90. Notification of Plans to Harvest Timber.
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AS 41.17.090. Notification of Plans to Harvest Timber.
- (a) Operations on forest land shall be reviewed under this section for consistency with the policies and provisions of
this chapter and regulations adopted under this chapter.
- (b) A forest landowner, timber owner, or operator may provide to the state forester a voluntary plan of operations that
describes the long-term plans for timber harvesting. The purpose of a voluntary plan is to give the division and the
public an early opportunity to review plans, to identify areas of concern, and to allow the agencies and the public to
provide local knowledge and early notice of potential problems to the forest landowner, timber owner, or operator.
- (c) Before beginning operations on municipal or private forest land or on state land not managed by the division, the
operator shall provide the state forester with a detailed plan of operations. The detailed plan of operations must
- (1) a description of the proposed operations, identifying the land involved and the action proposed in sufficient detail
to inform the public of the nature and location of the proposed operations; the description must include a map and must
be in a form suitable for duplication;
- (2) the name, address, and approving signature of the forest landowner, timber owner, and operator; and
- (3) other information required in the regulations adopted under this chapter.
- (d) Within five days after receipt of a detailed plan of operations under (c) of this section, the state forester shall
distribute the information received under (c) of this section to the deputy commissioner, affected state agencies, and
coastal districts, and shall distribute the information received under (c)(1) of this section to each member of the
public who has asked to receive copies of notifications for the affected area.
- (e) Within 30 days after receipt of a detailed plan of operations, the state forester shall review the plan to determine
if the operations are consistent with this chapter and regulations adopted under this chapter. Operations may begin
under the plan upon the expiration of the 30-day period or upon notice from the state forester that the review has been
completed, whichever occurs first, unless the division has issued a stop work order for a particular portion of the
plan or has notified the operator that a one-time, 10-day extension is necessary for agency review under AS 41.17.098
(f). The operator may proceed with operations not covered by the stop work order, notice of field inspection, or the
agency review. During the review of a detailed plan of operations, if a question arises concerning the proper
classification of water body type for purposes of the standards in AS 41.17.116(a), the deputy commissioner may resolve the
- (f) If the state forester determines that a field inspection is necessary to determine consistency of the detailed plan of
operations or a portion of the plan with applicable standards, the state forester shall notify the operator. The
notice of field inspection may not cover more than the minimum area necessary to determine compliance with this chapter
and applicable regulations. The operator shall inform the state forester when the site will be available for an
inspection. The state forester shall conduct the field inspection within 21 days after the date that the site will be
accessible and available unless the operator otherwise agrees, and the operator may begin operations at the conclusion
of the 21-day period unless the state forester has issued a stop work order under AS 41.17.138
- (g) During the review of a detailed plan of operations, modifications to accommodate comments may be made without
requiring the operator to resubmit the plan. After the review of the detailed plan of operations made under (e) and
(f) of this section, an operator shall notify the state forester of a proposed substantial change in operations by
following the procedures specified in (c) - (f) of this section.
- (h) Information and paperwork required of the operator under this section is limited to that necessary to accomplish the
purposes of this section.
- (i) An operator shall renew a detailed plan of operations annually.
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