Department of Natural Resources - Forest Management Plans - Violations; withdrawals.

Published: 2019-01-28

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(A) As specified in section 5713.26 of the Revised Code, if an owner violates rules 1501:3-10-01 to 1501:3-10-06 of the Administrative Code, the chief shall issue a notice of violation to the owner at least one hundred eighty days prior to notifying the county auditor of such violation. The chief shall offer the owner an opportunity to meet with division representatives informally for the purpose of resolving alleged violations. If the parties can agree to a resolution of the alleged violations, then a written memorandum setting forth the terms of the agreement shall be prepared and signed by the owner and the chief. The resolution outlined in this memorandum shall be executed before the end of the one hundred eighty day period.

(B) A notice of violation may be issued for any of the following reasons:

(1) The certified eligible parcel or portion of the certified land thereof is converted to a use which precludes or is inconsistent with management of the land for production of a merchantable forest product;

(2) The owner fails to complete commercial or non-commercial cuttings that comply with the approved management plan for such parcel at any time during the commitment period.

(3) The owner does not maintain visibly marked property lines and boundary lines between classified forest land and non-classified forest land, as specified in paragraph (E) of rule 1501:3-10-02 of the Administrative Code.

(C) The owner may voluntarily withdraw their classified forest land through written notification to the chief.