senate Bill S2114

Amended

Authorizes residents of the counties of St. Lawrence, Jefferson and Oswego to collect downed lumber from state owned forest lands outside the forest preserve

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 11 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
  • 28 / Feb / 2013
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.115
  • 04 / Mar / 2013
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 05 / Mar / 2013
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 21 / Jun / 2013
    • COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
  • 23 / Jan / 2014
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.39
  • 27 / Jan / 2014
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 28 / Jan / 2014
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 03 / Mar / 2014
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING 2114A
  • 20 / Jun / 2014
    • COMMITTED TO RULES

Summary

Authorizes residents of the counties of St. Lawrence, Jefferson and Oswego to collect downed lumber from state owned forest lands outside the forest preserve.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S2114
S2114A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Rules
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง3-0301, En Con L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Cycle:
S7381

Votes

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Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S2114

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in
relation to authorizing residents of the counties of St. Lawrence,
Jefferson and Oswego to collect downed lumber from state owned forest
lands outside the forest preserve; and providing for the repeal of
such provisions upon the expiration thereof

PURPOSE: To empower the Commissioner of the Department of
Environmental Conservation to set forth rules and regulations that
allow the residents of St. Lawrence, Jefferson and Oswego counties to
collect downed lumber from state owned forest land outside of the
forest preserve for a period of three years.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 amends section 3-0301 of the environmental conservation law
to empower the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental
Conservation to set forth rules and regulations that allow the
residents of St. Lawrence, Jefferson and Oswego counties to collect
downed lumber from state owned forest land outside of the forest
preserve for a period of three years.

Section 2 provides the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: New York had approximately 16,000 acres of forest
which were eligible in 2011 to be logged under the Department of
Environmental Conservation's (DEC) sustainable harvest plan in the
2011 New York State Best Management Practices guide. However, in 2011
New York harvested less than 7,000 acres.

The result of neglecting forests ready for harvest is some of our most
Precious resources are left to decompose.

The loss of valuable commodities is compounded by big storms like
Hurricane Irene. Because of the age of much of the forest land, north
country forests were especially susceptible to damage, resulting in
abundant deadfall. Brush and deadfall also make those forests more
vulnerable to fire.

Neighboring states, like Massachusetts, have planned to lift lumbering
moratoriums on hundreds of thousands of acres of forest lands after
large storms.

Especially for residents of regions of the state where winters are
especially cold, the rising cost of fuel has left rural communities
scrambling to find alternate sources of heat. They're increasingly
turning to wood, which has become the fastest growing source of home
heating fuel across the US. Since 2000, according to the US Census,
the number of households in New York that use wood as their primary
fuel source has increased by more than 65 percent, and the percentage
of wood-heated homes exceeds the US average in 40 of our 62 counties,
including some with high rates of poverty and unemployment.

This bill will empower the Commissioner of the DEC to set forth rules
and regulations that allow the residents of St. Lawrence, Jefferson


and Oswego counties to collect downed lumber from state owned forest
land outside of the forest preserve for a period of three years.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S7381 of 2012 - 3rd reading

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: December 31, 2012, and shall expire three years after
such effective date when upon such date the provisions of this act
shall be deemed repealed. And immediately for the amendment and/or
repeal of any rules or regulations necessary for the implementation of
this act on its effective date which are authorized to be made on or
before such date.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  2114

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 11, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. RITCHIE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental Conservation

AN ACT to amend the  environmental  conservation  law,  in  relation  to
  authorizing  residents  of the counties of St. Lawrence, Jefferson and
  Oswego to collect downed lumber from state owned forest lands  outside
  the  forest  preserve; and providing for the repeal of such provisions
  upon the expiration thereof

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  Subdivision  2  of  section  3-0301  of the environmental
conservation law is amended by adding a new  paragraph  dd  to  read  as
follows:
  DD.  NOTWITHSTANDING  SECTION 9-0505 OF THIS CHAPTER, THE COMMISSIONER
SHALL, BY REGULATION, CREATE AND IMPLEMENT A  PROGRAM  THAT  WILL  ALLOW
RESIDENTS  OF  THE  COUNTIES  OF  ST. LAWRENCE, JEFFERSON, AND OSWEGO TO
COLLECT DOWNED LUMBER FROM STATE OWNED FOREST LANDS OUTSIDE  THE  FOREST
PRESERVE.
  S  2.  This act shall take effect December 31, 2013 and shall expire 3
years after such effective date when upon such date  the  provisions  of
this  act shall be deemed repealed. Effective immediately, the addition,
amendment and/or repeal of any rules or regulations  necessary  for  the
implementation  of  this  act on its effective date are authorized to be
made on or before such date.



 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06538-01-3

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