Forest Conservation Act Amendment

At our request, House Speaker Busch was kind enough to instruct the Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources to amend the Forest Conservation Act to exempt stream restoration projects. The law had required private and corporate property owners to sign permanent easements against their property for the projects to receive permits. This essentially excluded stream restoration projects form corporate and private property.

The Forest Conservation Act of 2013 did in fact exempt stream restoration projects, but with the condition that the property owner now had to sign a "5 Year Maintenance Agreement".  This condition continues to make such projects unnecessarily difficult for obtaining the property owners consent. The law must again be amended, since private property owners are reluctant to sign such Maintenance Agreements, and they are totally unnecessary .