WATER QUALITY AND
LOGGING SEDIMENT CONTROL ACT (LSCA)
LSCA and Water Quality go hand-in-hand, making sure the water you use is clean. Approximately 1.8 million West Virginians rely on clean water for drinking, cooking, bathing, swimming and fishing to name a few. To help ensure your water quality is safe before, during and after a logging operation, the West Virginia Legislature passed the Logging Sediment Control Act in 1992 (19-1B).
This law sets guidelines for logging companies to use when timbering. Part of the Act states logging operations be registered and supervised by individuals who have completed Division of Forestry certification program. The law also requires loggers to follow Best Management Practices (BMPs) that prevents useless soil erosion or run-off that could potentially cause problems in nearby ponds, streams, rivers or other bodies of water.
You as a citizen can do your part to ensure logging jobs and your water continues to be safe. If you or someone you know is planning on harvesting timber, please check to make sure the logging company you use is licensed to complete timbering operations in West Virginia. Download the Licensed Loggers for the most current list of available licensed loggers in the state. By using a properly licensed timber operator AND a certified logger, you know the workers will use BMPs that reduce both soil erosion and water pollution.
For a list of Licensed Timber Operators or Licensed Certified Loggers in West Virginia, download the appropriate form on this page.
Licensed Timber Operators and Certified Loggers
Licensed Timber Operators Last updated 5/10/19
Licensed Certified Loggers Last updated 5/10/19
Once you decide to cut, make sure the following criteria will be completed:
- Timber Operator is licensed with the West Virginia Division of Forestry.
- Obtained logger certification by completing a WVDOF training class.
- Filed a timbering operation notification with the WVDOF within three days of start up.
- Posted a sign with company name and timbering license number.
FORESTS AND FLOODS
In 2001, at the request of State Forester Randy Dye, an expert committee consisting of representatives of state, federal and private agencies prepared a report that reviewed and summarized scientific literature regarding the effects of timber management activities on flooding. This report concerns the storms of July 2001 in southern West Virginia. No effort has been made to polish this report for widespread publication; however, due to continual interest in the issue, the Division of Forestry is making this publication available to the public through its website. This .pdf document is 89 pages in length and can be downloaded using Adobe Acrobat.
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Forests and Floods
2003 McCutcheon Report
In February 2003, Steven C. McCutcheon, Ph.D. prepared a report for the Division of Forestry entitled "Hydrologic Evaluation of the
Curve Number Method for Forest Management in West Virginia." This report is 38 pages and available for download as a .pdf document. To download the McCutcheon Report, click on the link below.
On January 8, 2006, Dr. McCutcheon testified before the Forest Management Review Commission. Download the file below to read his seven page presentation.