Feb. 13, 2017 10:23

Loggers Must Protect Water Quality

In order to reduce soil erosion and polluted runoff, updated rules have been set in place for loggers in Vermont. They include an updated limit on how far landings—where felled trees are cut and loaded—must be from running water, as well as that water bars must be installed under most dirt roads.

The changes are in line with previous logging practices, but several workers have voiced their concern over the new rigidity of these updated rules. “Previously, it said what you should do, and now it says, ‘You shall do,’” said Vermont Forest Products Association president Steve Hardy. He added that, with the many variables in the lumber industry, such as weather and soil types, the unpredictability of the job means “that we need a little flexibility” in how to handle erosion control.

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