SUBCHAPTER 60C ‑ FOREST PRACTICES GUIDELINES RELATED TO WATER QUALITY

 

SECTION .0100 ‑ GENERAL PROVISIONS

 

02 NCAC 60C .0101          INTRODUCTION AND PURPOSE

(a)  Forests are a major contributor to the economy and quality of the environment in North Carolina.  Forestry best management practices allow for the production, harvesting, and utilization of forest resources while maintaining satisfactory water quality.  The rules in this Subchapter establish performance standards for the protection of water quality.  The intent and purpose of these rules is not to cease or obstruct the lawful, proper and responsible use of forest resources.  Persons must adhere to the standards related to land disturbing activities in order to retain the forestry exemption provided in the N.C. Sedimentation Pollution Control Act of 1973 as amended in 1989.

(b)  The Division of Forest Resources is responsible for the protection and development of forest resources in North Carolina, and has been designated by the Secretary of North Carolina Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources as the Division within the Department best able to assist the Secretary in the implementation of these rules.

(c)  The Forestry Best Management Practices Manual, published by the Division of Forest Resources in September, 1989, and as amended from time to time, contains specifications for a variety of practices which may be used to meet the performance standards set forth in this Subchapter.  Best Management Practices (BMPs) shall be selected to allow for the variation in weather, topography, soil, and vegetation expected for the site and season.  Implementation of these rules shall recognize that extreme and unusual weather can cause reasonable and otherwise adequate application of BMPs to fail to control sedimentation.  Where installed BMPs fail, additional and more effective BMPs may be required.  This manual and the rules in this Subchapter may be obtained by contacting the Director, Division of Forest Resources, Raleigh, North Carolina.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113-3; 113-8; 113A-52(6); 113A-52.1; 143B-10;

Eff. January 1, 1990;

Transferred from 15A NCAC 01I .0101 Eff. April 1, 2014.