Changes to Forest Land Management Classifications
The State Forester may make changes to the district land management classification maps as follows:
Minor changes. The District Forester may recommend minor changes to the Area Director for approval. The District Forester may offer a 30-day public comment period prior to making any recommendations and shall forward any public comments with the recommendations to the Area Director for approval.
Major changes. The District Forester may recommend major changes to the Area Director for review and the State Forester for approval. Prior to seeking approval, the district shall offer a 30-day public comment period on the proposed changes. Any public comments received shall be submitted to the State Forester with the request for approval.
As used in this section:
“Minor change” means:
Any change in Land Management Classification that affects 160 acres or less, and involves land classification within, but not across, the Land Base Designation classes of Silviculturally Capable or Non-Silviculturally Capable; or
Any change that affects ten acres or less involving land classification changes across the Land Base Designation classes of Silviculturally Capable or Non-Silviculturally Capable, and the District Forester determines this change is not likely to substantially affect the management of forest resources.
“Major change” means any change not defined as minor. Minor changes within a district that cumulatively exceed 500 acres within one year shall be deemed a major change.