Plum Creek Timberlands LLC of Fairfield has agreed to pay a $9,000 civil penalty for clear-cutting violations under the Forest Practices Act. The violations occurred on a parcel of land in West Middlesex Canal Grant (T1 R3 NBKP) in Somerset County just west of Moosehead Lake.
Plum Creek also has agreed to file a report certifying the existence of the clear-cut, to inspect and report to the Maine Forest Service all clear-cuts and overstory removal harvests created between Oct. 1, 1999, and Aug. 1, 2002, and to institute a number of significant quality control measures to ensure the company’s future compliance with the Forest Practices Act, according to a press release.
Harvest operations on Plum Creek’s property resulted in a 157-acre clear-cut on the east side of Public Lot Brook without prior approval from the Maine Forest Service as required. The clear-cut also had an inadequate separation zone and the landowner did not have an adequate harvest plan prepared by a licensed forester before starting the harvest, said the press release.
The investigation and settlement negotiations were carried out by the Department of Conservation’s Maine Forest Service staff.