Proposed firewood quarantine rule available for public comment

first_imgVermont Business Magazine A proposed Rule Governing the Importation of Untreated Firewood into the State of Vermont has been filed with the Secretary of State. The purpose of the rule is to protect forest health by slowing the long-distance movement of wood-borne invasive forest pests, such as Asian longhorned beetle and emerald ash borer, and preventing the spread of pests into Vermont. The enabling legislation requires the Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation to adopt regulations on importing untreated firewood.The proposed rule, as filed, is open for public comment until January 15, 2016. Two public hearings are scheduled:•        Tuesday, January 5th at the Manchester Town Hall in Manchester Center•        Thursday, January 7th at the Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury.Both hearings will begin at 4:00 PM.The proposed rule prohibits the importation of untreated firewood into Vermont. The definition of firewood states that it is wood processed for burning and less than 48 inches in length, but does not include wood chips, pellets, pulpwood, or wood for manufacturing purposes. It allows treated firewood to enter the state if it is treated to the USDA standard of 160° F (71.1° C) for at least 75 minutes at a certified treatment facility and is accompanied by certification of treatment. By written request, the Commissioner of Forests, Parks & Recreation may waive this prohibition under conditions which ensure that the firewood poses minimal threat to forest health. Violations may result in confiscation of firewood and/or a civil citation. The rules are to take effect onMay 1, 2016.For more information on the quarantine and the scheduled hearings, visit: http://fpr.vermont.gov/fpr.vermont.gov/forest/forest_health/health_management/firewood_quarantine(link is external).last_img read more

Kenai Dipnet Fishery Opens Next Week

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享July on the Kenai is synonymous with dip net fishing. The City of Kenai City personal use dip net fishery is just over a week away from the official opening day of July 10. Beech: “Here, in Kenai, we have the dip netting season, which is July 10th to the 31st, so we’ll see a huge increase of numbers here in the Kenai area. But there are some places that their tourism peaks in the first part of July and they’re tapered off and already starting to close by Labor Day. We have a pretty nice shoulder season, especially with the winter being so mild. We were starting to see RV traffic in the first part of May.” The personal-use dipnet fishery is set to open on July 10. The projected sockeye run is below average this year, which could potentially be problematic for the fishery. The Department of Fish and Game could potentially be faced with shutting down the season early if the run doesn’t improve. Johna Beech, Executive Director of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce said although the fishery has its challenges, the annual influx of fishermen extends Kenai’s profitable tourist season.last_img read more