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ForestFair forestfair at aol.com
Tue Aug 11 23:05:20 EST 1998

Joseph Zorzin <redoak at forestmeister.com> wrote:

>In Massachusetts, our forest cutting practices law mandates NO logging tops be
left within 25' of a brook or pond.

Do they have a similar regulation for beavers? <g>

Seriously, this regulation is at odds with what in some cases could be
beneficial.   The 2 lakes that provide water for the city of Rochester (NY) are
surrounded by a forested watershed that the city purchased to protect the
reservoirs.  The land is managed for multiple uses including timber harvesting,
wildlife, and recreation.  

The largerof the 2 lakes is long and narrow with fairly steep sides (typical
for a NY Finger Lake).   After logging, they intentionally leave tops and culls
perpendicular to the slope (parallel to the shoreline) to catch soil moving
down the slopes, maintaining the clarity of the water.   Some of these are
closer than 25' to the shore.

Timber harvests on private land in NY are not overseen by state foresters --
the only regulatory oversight is by water quality people, unless a local
jurisdiction has passed its own ordinances regulating logging.  


Family Forest Fair '98, Oct. 3 & 4, Greenwich NY 
Info:  http://www.rpi.edu/~wentor/NYFOA.html

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