- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 41. Public Resources
- Chapter 17. Forest Resources and Practices
- Section 98. Interagency Coordination and Reevaluation.
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AS 41.17.098. Interagency Coordination and Reevaluation.
- (a) In administering this chapter, the state forester shall coordinate with other agencies, the deputy commissioner, and
affected coastal districts that have jurisdiction over activities subject to regulation under this chapter.
- (b) In a review or implementation of a detailed plan of operations under AS 41.17.090
and in a decision on a proposed variation from requirements under AS 41.17.087
, the state forester shall consider the comments of the deputy commissioner, each affected state agency and, where
applicable, coastal districts.
- (c) The state forester shall give due deference to the Department of Environmental Conservation in decisions concerning
water quality. The commissioner of environmental conservation retains the authority to adopt nonpoint source pollution
regulations for activities subject to this chapter to the extent that regulations are not adopted by the state forester
and approved by the commissioner of environmental conservation under this chapter. The commissioner of environmental
conservation may withdraw approval of regulations adopted by the state forester under this chapter by following the
procedure for the adoption, amendment, and repeal of regulations under AS 44.62.180
- (d) The state forester shall recognize the expertise of the deputy commissioner with regard to fish and wildlife habitat.
On private land, the state forester shall give due deference to the deputy commissioner regarding effects on fish
habitat from timber operations including variations to riparian standards, designation of alternative site-specific
riparian protection plans, and road location decisions within riparian areas. On public land, the state forester shall
give due deference to the deputy commissioner regarding effects on fish and wildlife habitat from timber operations
including timber harvest in riparian areas, variations to riparian standards, and road location decisions within
riparian areas. In making decisions under AS 41.17.087, the state forester shall recognize fish
habitat as the primary value in riparian areas.
- (e) In this section, "due deference" means that deference that is appropriate in the context of the agency's or deputy
commissioner's expertise and area of responsibility and all the evidence available to support a factual assertion.
Where due deference is given, if the state forester does not agree with a commenting agency or the deputy commissioner,
the state forester shall prepare a written statement of the reasons for the disagreement.
- (f) If a disagreement described in (e) of this section exists, an officer of an agency may require reevaluation of the
disagreement at a higher level within the agencies, or by the governor if necessary, before a decision is made by the
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