New timber harvesting standards topic of SWOAM meeting

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PARIS — Keith Kanoti, water quality specialist for the Maine Forest Service, will address a meeting of the Western Maine chapter of the Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, in Room 118 at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School.

He will explain the changeover to the new statewide standards for water quality regulations for timber harvesting.

For the last several years, towns have been voting on whether to accept statewide standards or stay with their water quality ordinances. If they accepted, enforcement of water quality regulations for timber harvesting moved from town code enforcement officers to the Maine Forest Service as of Jan. 1, 2013.

If towns voted to keep their ordinances, they will continue to enforce them after Jan. 1. Enforcement of water quality regulations in unorganized territories moved from the Land Use Regulation Commission to the Maine Forest Service on Nov. 1, 2012.

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The meeting is free and open to anyone. For further information, call Merle Ring at 743-5976 evenings.

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