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  • NJ A2406
  • Establishes forest harvest demonstration program in pinelands area.
Introduced
(2/4/2016)
In Committee
(2/4/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would direct the Pinelands Commission to develop a forest stewardship demonstration project in the protection area of the pinelands area to provide for the harvest of forest products on State-owned lands for which a forest stewardship plan has been developed. The demonstration project would include forest stewardship activities affecting up to 6,000 forested acres annually in the protection area on State-owned land and be conducted for a period of 10 years from the date of enactment of the bill. In developing the demonstration project, the commission would be required to identify, in consultation with the Department of Environmental Protection, State-owned lands within the protection area on which the demonstration project will occur, ensure that forest stewardship activities conform to requirements of the federal law that established the Pinelands National Reserve, ensure that forest stewardship activities are conducted pursuant to a forest stewardship plan consistent with the requirements of section 3 of P.L.2009, c.256 (C.13:1L-31), authorize a combination of harvesting techniques, and ensure that forest activities conform to the "Pinelands Protection Act," and the pinelands comprehensive management plan. The program would require the commission to select a project manager to implement and supervise the program after public advertisements for bids therefor. A contract would be awarded to the bidder whose bid is most advantageous to the State. The duration of the contract would be 10 years. The duties of the project manager would include: (1) adopting a forest stewardship plan, developed through a public process including a public notice, hearing, and comment period, consistent with the provisions of the "Pinelands Protection Act" and the pinelands comprehensive management plan; (2) providing for the cutting and sale of wood; (3) obtaining the best price for the harvested wood; (4) obtaining all permits and approvals necessary to engage in forest stewardship activities; and (5) developing a strategy for the creation of a viable economic market for forest products. The bill would also require the project manager annually to prepare a written report concerning the program, and a final report within six months after its completion, and submit it to the commission, the department, the Governor, the Legislature and the Chairpersons of the Senate Environment and Energy Committee and the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee. In addition, the bill would require the commission to prepare and submit a report to the Governor, the Legislature and the Chairpersons of the Senate Environment and Energy Committee and the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee within one year following completion of the project that describes the results of the demonstration project and include recommendations for further administrative or legislative action.
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee  (on 2/4/2016)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
2/4/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
None specified