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Timber Harvest Ordinances

Chrin Brothers Inc. v. Williams Township Zoning Hearing Board and the Township of Williams (PA Commonwealth)

2003
Organizations/Sources: PA Commonwealth Court
This case is one of the few where a timber harvester sued to overcome restrictions set forth by a local timber-harvesting ordinance. The municipality won this case, as it demonstrated that the restrictions were reasonable and defensible.
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Dealing with Local Timber Harvesting Ordinances

2004
Organizations/Sources: Penn State University
This booklet was created by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, with input from the PA Forest Products Association and the PA Association of Township Supervisors. The booklet 's target audience is the forestry industry, therefore it is from their point of view in dealing with townships and their ordinances. However, a model timber harvesting ordinance is included in the Appendix to assist municipalities in creating laws that conform to the Municipal Planning Code, allowing for the harvest of timber resources.
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Kennett Township (Chester County) Timber Ordinance

2005
Organizations/Sources: Kennett Township, Chester County
The Amendments to the Kennett Township Land Development Ordinance, defining generally accepted forestry terminology, setting acceptable standards and practices, esablishing different riparian buffers, etc.
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Model Timber Harvesting Ordinance, PA

A model ordinance created by PSATS, DCNR and various academics ordaining and enacting regulations to timber harvesting practices and to allow for and encourage proper forest management within a township.
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Montgomery Co. Planning Commission Timber Harvest Ordinance

Organizations/Sources: Montgomery Co. Planning Commission
Very detailed and descriptive ordinance that addresses a variety of issues regarding timber harvesting in a township.
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Pennsylvania Model Forestry Regulations

2000
Organizations/Sources: Penn State School of Forest Resources
Professional foresters led by Penn State’s School of Forest Resources developed the model in 1994. The model was later updated to conform to the new forestry-related changes to the PA Municipal Planning Code effected by Acts 67 and 68 of 2000. The model is consistent with the so-called “Right to Practice Forestry” provision (P.S.§10603(f)) of the Municipalities Planning Code.
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Stoltzfus v Zoning Hearing Board of Eden Township, Lancaster County, 2007 WL 3274837 (PA Cmwlth, 2007).

2007
Organizations/Sources: PA Commonwealth Court
PA Commonwealth Court case upholding a municipality's refusal to grant a variance to an individual requesting that a log processing business on agricultural land be reclassified as a forestry use.
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Taylor v. Harmony Township Board of Commissioners (PA Cmwlth, 2004)

2004
Organizations/Sources: PA Commonwealth Court
PA Commonwealth Court case upholding an ordinance which restricted timber harvesting on steep slopes that are flood or landslide-prone. The appellant argued the township may not restrict timber harvesting, because the MPC prohibits unreasonable restrictions on timber harvesting. The court found the harvesting prohibition on landslide-prone land was reasonable.
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Timber Harvesting Information

2006
A fact sheet that provides information for individuals or companies that are looking to conduct a timber harvest in West Bradford Township. It explains the processes that must take place prior to the issuance of a permit and, more importantly, includes a sample permit document.
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Timber Harvesting Ordinance, Montgomery County

Organizations/Sources: Montgomery Co. Planning Commission
Detailed example of a timber harvest ordinance. Also includes a detailed glossary of terms.
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Timber Harvesting Ordinance, Williams Township, Northumberland County

The timber harvesting ordinance that was upheld by the Commonwealth Court of PA in Chrin Bros., Inc. v. Williams Township Zoning Hearing Board. In part, the court found that the township was within its right to impose reasonable regulations on forestry practices within its boundaries.
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Timber Harvesting/Riparian Buffer Ordinance, Kennett Township

2005
Organizations/Sources: Kennett Township, Chester County
A very well-written and concise example of a timber ordinance. We’ve included this document due to its detail in addressing riparian buffers and woodland disturbance.
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Timber Harvest Operations Field Guide For Waterways, Wetlands and Erosion Control

2007
Information to assist timber harvesters to prepare and implement soil erosion and sediment control plans, and to work around streams and wetlands. Experience has shown that most soil erosion problems originate with the improper layout or construction of skid trails, logging roads and landing areas. Therefore, the focus of this publication is to provide guidance and furnish specifications to properly design and implement an effective erosion and sediment control plan on a timber harvesting site.
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Timber Harvest Ordinance, Center Township

2002
Organizations/Sources: Center Township, Butler County, PA
This ordinance is posted to show the sections related to permit issuance, violation notices, suspensions, and penalties.
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