The Status and Impact of State and Local Regulation on Private Timber Supply

A supporting technical document for the 1993 Update of the 1993 RPA Assessment

A growing number of State and local government have enacted regulatory legislation which intentionally or incidentally acts to restrict management of private forest land. These legislative initiatives include State forest practice and water quality acts, county regulations to control stream sedimentation or protect roads from damage by logging trucks, municipal ordinances to protect shade trees or prescribe silvicultural options, and many others. Even though these measures have the potential to influence both immediate and longterm availability of timber supply, their impact has not been systematically evaluated. This study identified and described State and local regulatory policies that apply to private forestland, and estimated the impact of the regulations on timber supply from private forests.

Highlights include the following:

Greene, John L. and William C. Siegel. 1994. The status and impact of state and local regulation on private timber supply. Gen. Tech. Rept. RM255. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. 22 p.