Firm to pay $9,000 for clear-cut violations

This story was published on April 29, 2003 on Page B2 in all editions of the Bangor Daily News

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.