Utah Forest Practices Act
What is the Utah Forest Practices Act?
The Utah Forest Practices Act (FPA) is a state law which requires the registration of operators and notification by operators of intent to conduct forest practices.
An “operator” means a person who:
- is responsible for conducting forest practices; or
- through a contractual agreement with a landowner is obligated to or entitled to conduct forest practices or to carry out a timber sale.
Purpose of the FPA
- Approximately 25% of Utah’s forests are in non-federal ownership. Timber harvesting on state and private lands has increased in recent years.
- Ensure the protection of forest, soil and water resources by:
- preserving water quality and soil stability
- preventing fire hazard and insect infestation
- minimize waste of timber resources
- protect forest regeneration and production
What are Forest Practices?
Forest practices are those activities related to growing, harvesting or processing forest products. Forest practices include the following:
- harvesting of trees such as thinning and salvage operations
- new road construction and maintenance associated with harvesting or accessing trees
- site preparation for regeneration of a timber stand
- management of logging slash
Forest practices do not include the following:
- harvest of Christmas trees
- harvest of trees for noncommercial, personal use by the owner
- harvesting operations encompassing fewer than 10 contiguous acres of forest land.
Download the following forms:
Utah Code and Administrative Rules
List of Registered Operators to conduct forest practices in Utah.
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