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Revamped Law Revamped Law. Legislation revising the 12-year-old Forest Practices Act includes requirements to protect fish habitat and other non-timber resources on state, municipal, university and private lands. Mandatory buffer strips around waters considered sensitive for fish impact became effective when Gov. Steve Cowper signed the bill.

A multi-interest group had been appointed by the governor in late 1988 to propose revisions to the act. Bob Loiselle, executive director of the Forest Alliance, heralded the legislation, which incorporated the group's recommendations, as an example of achieving a balance among fishing, environmental and timber industry interests.

Buffer requirements vary. For high-value fish streams and rivers, operators on private lands are required to leave buffers 66 feet wide. One hundred foot buffers are mandated for harvests on municipal, university and other public lands, except state lands. Those parcels fall into two categories: north of the Alaska Range, 100-foot special harvest zones are required near streams, while south of the range, 100-foot, no-cut buffers must be left near streams, with an additional 200-foot special harvest zone.

Timber harvests are allowed from special harvest zones if considered to be consistent with protection of fish and wildlife habitat. Evaluating those harvests will be the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, which will consult with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
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Title Annotation:Alaska Business Briefs: Timber Industry; Forest Practices Act
Publication:Alaska Business Monthly
Date:Jul 1, 1990
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