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DNRC Headquarters
1539 Eleventh Ave. Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 444-2074 | Fax: (406) 444-2684
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Logging Slash Reduction

Slash Pile

The Control of Timber Slash and Debris Law (Title 76, Chapter 13, Part 4), commonly referred to as the “Slash” Law is one of Montana’s oldest laws regulating forest practices. The law’s history dates back to the early 1900’s when it was recognized that timber harvesting slash represented a significant fire hazard.

The Hazard Reduction Agreement (HRA)

Currently the law requires that “the person conducting the work” (usually the landowner or operator) enter into a bonded contract agreement and is referred to as the “contractor”. That agreement, known as a Fire Hazard Reduction Agreement, requires that logging slash be reduced to acceptable state standards. Furthermore the law requires sawmills and other purchasers of forest products to obtain proof that the seller of the forest products (the contractor) have such an agreement and that the mills withhold certain funds and transfer those funds to the state which then becomes the bond.

The DNRC monitors these agreements and releases the bond on completion of the hazard reduction work. The DNRC also has the responsibility to “…complete, direct or authorize the fire hazard reduction…” should the contractor fail to comply with the law.

Slash BurnThe Control of Timber Slash and Debris Law pertains to all private lands in the State of Montana.

An HRA is a bonded agreement between the DNRC and either the person conducting the work to reduce the hazard created from logging debris to state standards.

For more information on this program, contact your local Service Forester or Program Manager Roger Ziesak at (406)542-4338.


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