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Forest Practices

Mission: Montana's Forest Practice regulations exist to protect our natural resources for all to enjoy

DNRC administers several laws as they pertain to Forest Practices:

1) The Streamside Management Zone Law & Rules, commonly referred to as the SMZ Law, which regulates and prohibits certain activities within an SMZ.

2)The Control of Timber Slash and Debris Law & Rules, commonly referred to as the Slash Law or the Fire Hazard Reduction Law. This law pertains to timber harvest operations on private lands and requires the reduction of the fire hazard that may be created when logging takes place on private lands.

3)The Forest Practice Notification Law. This law commonly referred to as the BMP law requires operators or landowners to notify the department when forest practices are going to take place on private lands and sets some standards for those practices. These practices are considered voluntary or non-regulatory. The State monitors or "audits" the "application and effectiveness" of these practices and produces a bi-annual report to the Montana Environmental Quality Council prior to the bi-annual legislative session.

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

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Dept. of Natural Resources & Conservation
1625 Eleventh Ave.
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 444-2074
Fax: (406) 444-2684