New Jersey Revised Statutes § 13:1l-31 - Forest Stewardship Program, Plan.

13:1L-31 Forest stewardship program, plan.

3. a. The department shall establish a forest stewardship program under which an owner, in conjunction with a forester or other professional selected by the owner from a list of foresters approved by the department, or from a list of other professionals authorized by the department in consultation with the forest stewardship advisory committee established pursuant to section 8 of P.L.2009, c.256 (C.13:1L-36), may prepare a forest stewardship plan for land, five acres or greater in area, submit the plan to the department for approval, and implement the plan as approved, or as subsequently amended with the approval of the department.

A forest stewardship plan, at a minimum, shall:

(1)conform with the rules and regulations adopted pursuant to section 8 of P.L.2009, c.256 (C.13:1L-36) designed to ensure the sustainability of forest lands;

(2)list the owner's long term stewardship goals for the forest land; and, for each year that the plan applies, list the activities to be implemented that year, including the activities designed to ensure the sustainability of the forest land as well as activities designed to eliminate excessive and unnecessary cutting, and provide the rationale for each activity listed; and

(3)establish the monitoring, recordkeeping, and reporting necessary to document implementation of the forest stewardship plan, including documentation of activities and inspections performed.

Notwithstanding the provisions of section 6 of P.L.2009, c.256 (C.13:1L-34), a forest stewardship plan submitted for land in the pinelands area shall comply with the standards of the comprehensive management plan for the pinelands area adopted pursuant to P.L.1979, c.111 (C.13:18A-1 et seq.).

b.The department may elect to inspect the forest land, prior to determining whether to approve a forest stewardship plan, in order to assess the appropriateness and sufficiency of the proposed plan.

After the department approves a forest stewardship plan, the forest land shall be subject to inspection by the department during one of the first three years following approval and at least once every three years following the first inspection.

c.A forest stewardship plan shall be valid for a period of 10 years, unless sooner terminated by the owner or revoked by the department. To continue, without interruption, participation in the forest stewardship program, an owner shall prepare a new or revised forest stewardship plan pursuant to subsection a. of this section and, in accordance with procedures established by the department, obtain the department's approval of the new or revised forest stewardship plan prior to the expiration date of the current forest stewardship plan.

d.A forest stewardship plan approved pursuant to this section shall be considered to be a woodland management plan pursuant to section 3 of the "Farmland Assessment Act of 1964," P.L.1964, c.48 (C.54:4-23.3) when the approved forest stewardship plan is submitted as part of an application for valuation, assessment and taxation pursuant to the "Farmland Assessment Act of 1964," P.L.1964, c.48 (C.54:4-23.1 et seq.).

L.2009, c.256, s.3.

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