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This bill allows total government control over watershed areas, requires a written plan for forest operations on forestland that supplies drinking water for one or more public water systems.
Overreach of government leading to complete closure of lands under Agenda 21. Establishes “Best practices” without proven results. Limits State Board of Forestry from implementing proven best practices, allowing exemptions for ‘ecological restoration,’ ‘carbon storage’ and ‘climate resiliency.’ Deliberately limits the application of established best forestry management practices for activities on forestland that supplies drinking water. Bans certain forest practices including: clear cuts, construction of a new logging road, and application of pesticides and fertilizers. Implementing ecological restoration and improving long-term carbon storage lacks scientific support.
Restricts rural logging and forest management activities that is vital to the economy. Restrictions on sensitive water sheds are already in place.