ALBANY — The state Department of Environmental Conservation has issued general permits to speed approval of temporary stream crossings for timber harvesting.
The permits apply to temporary bridges and culverts that cause minimal impacts to streams and are routinely approved. Commissioner Joe Martens says the general permits will provide time and work savings both to loggers and the DEC.
The general permits do not authorize any type of permanent crossing, or crossings in state regulated wetlands, locations containing threatened and endangered species, or crossings over wild, scenic and recreational rivers.
DEC says the logging and forest management industry in New York State directly employs nearly 6,000 New Yorkers, and the sale of standing timber provides more than $250 million annually to rural forest land owners across the state.