New Forest Practices Rules in effect as of March 31, 2022
The Idaho Forest Practices Act promotes active forest management to ensure that the health of forest soil, water, vegetation, wildlife, and aquatic habitat is maintained during the growing and harvesting of forest trees in Idaho.
In 2021 The Forest Practices Advisory Committee voted to recommend language to the State Board of Land Commissions which simplified the “Shade Rule” next to fish-bearing (Class I) streams and refine the definition of Class I streams to apply only to aquatic life beneficial use. Read more about this process on our rulemaking page.
Rules specific to the use of ground-based equipment on steep slopes have also been updated due to technological changes in the industry which allows machinery to operate safely on steep slopes while minimizing soil disturbance.
Read the new Rules Pertaining to the Idaho Forest Practices Act
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Forest Practices Act Streamside Tree Retention Rule
Compliance/Notification (a.k.a. “slash” or “brush” form
Forest Practices Act
Forest Practices Act Advisory Committee
- Download the Idaho Forestry Management Best Practices Field Guide from the University of Idaho Extension website
- Obtain a free copy of the Field Guide from an IDL area office
- News Release (3/11/2015): New field guide and web site help forest owners and managers apply forestry laws to protect water
Forest Practices Rule Waiver Process
Shade Rule page
Idaho Forestry BMP Field Guide
News Release – 3/11/15
Online access to the field guide
Obtain a free copy from an IDL office
DEQ-IDL Interagency Forest Practices Water Quality Audits
Memo: New Certificate of Compliance – Fire Hazard Management Agreement and Notification of Forest Practices
Forester Forums – short informational publications covering various aspects of forest management practices