NOI Timber Harvest Plan PDF        NOI Timber Harvest Plan Word Doc

The new Notice of Intent to Harvest and Timber Harvest Plan document are now available.
The form is available in PDF or Word Document format by clicking the appropriate link
above.  The forms are to be printed on 11"x17" paper and folded in half.  The form is presented 
below to be viewed only.

For landowners considering to have a timber harvest please view the Timber Harvest Plan
web page at this site.

For loggers an additional web page explains the voluntary Timber Harvest Plan form and 
Best Management Practices.  Click Attention Loggers!

Ohio Timber Harvest Planning Program

Ohio Department of Natural Resources,

Division of Soil & Water Conservation  

In cooperation with  

Ohio ’s Soil & Water Conservation Districts   

Program Purpose:  This voluntary program is designed to assist woodland landowners, loggers and foresters with the pre-planning of logging activity.  The program is designed to help the responsible parties select Best Management Practices (BMPs) that will reduce soil erosion and maintain the harvest site to state standards found in the Agricultural Pollution Abatement Rules and Standards (Ohio Administrative Code-1501:15-5-01 to 1501-5-18).  

                 Timber Harvest Notice of Intent ( NOI )



Landowner Name(s):_____________________________________________________________________________

Mailing Address: _________________________________________________________________________________

Telephone No.:    _________________________Cell No: ___________________________

E-mail Address:  __________________________________________________________________________________

 Logging Company Name: _________________________________________________________________________

Mailing Address: _________________________________________________________________________________


Contact Person:  __________________________________________________________________________________

Telephone No.:  _____________________________Cell No: _______________________________

E-mail Address:  __________________________________________________________________________________

Certified Master Logging Company?                                Yes           No

Has logger attended BMP training within last 5 years?     Yes           No  

Forester Name(s): ________________________________________________________________________________

Company or Organization Name:___________________________________________________________________________

Mailing Address: _________________________________________________________________________________

Telephone No.: _________________________Cell No: ____________________________________

E-mail Address:___________________________________________________________________ 

Name of individual submitting the NOI : _______________________________

Implementation Schedule:                                           ________________________________

Number of Acres to be Harvested: ____________________________________________________

Number of Stream Crossings Needed: __________________________________________________

Proposed Starting Date:_____________________________________________________________

Proposed Completion Date:__________________________________________________________

Location of logging operation

County__________________ Township______________ Section___________________________

Name of public road where haul road/landing is located: __________________________________

Latitude & Longitude of site/job entrance (Optional, indicate if known)________˚ W ________˚ N                        

Timber Harvest NOI  

If you wish to file a “Timber Harvest Notice of Intent ( NOI )”, complete only pg. 1 of this document and submit the entire document to the Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) in the County where logging is to occur.    

The Timber Harvest NOI form serves only as a voluntary notification and Does Not provide affirmative defense in the case of a Civil Suit as described in the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC), rule #1501:15-5-15, section (A), (1).  

Timber Harvest Plan  

If you wish to file a complete “Timber Harvest Plan” for approval by the local SWCD, please complete all 4 pages of this document and return the entire, completed document to the SWCD in the county where logging is to occur. 

*Note:  Any person owning or responsible for a silvicultural operation who is managing such an operation in accordance with a “Timber Harvest Plan” currently approved by the SWCD shall be considered in compliance with the state rules for agricultural pollution abatement.  

In a private civil action for nuisances involving agricultural pollution, it is an affirmative defense if the person owning, operating, or otherwise responsible for agricultural production or silivicultural operations is operating under and in substantial compliance with an approved Timber Harvest Plan.

Text Box: Guidance for completing the “Timber Harvest Plan”

The Timber Harvest Plan is based on the guidelines found in the book “BMPs for Erosion Control for Logging Practices in Ohio”.  The management practices detailed in the book form the standards used to determine compliance with Ohio’s Agricultural Pollution Abatement Rules and Standards.  For your convenience, chapter and page number references are provided on the Timber Harvest Plan form.  By referring to these pages, you can see photos and/or diagrams as well as written descriptions of the recommended BMPs.  To obtain a copy of the BMP book, please contact the local SWCD, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Soil & Water Conservation at (614) 265-6610 or go online at

                                Timber Harvest Plan


A.     Nature and scope of logging activity___________________________________________________                 

                       Acreage of operation: _______Acres  
       Harvest type:     ____ Thinning

                       Type of harvesting system to be utilized:
                                                            ____ Feller-buncher w/ rubber tire skidder _____Grapple _____ Cable
                                                            _____ Feller-buncher w/ tracked skidder      _____Grapple ______ Cable
_____ Horse skidding  _____ Farm tractor skidding   _____ Farm tractor w/ forwarding trailer

B.     Maps:  ___________________________________________________________________________  

All Timber Harvest Plans submitted must include a complete and legible plan map.  Attach a copy of a U. S. Geological Survey (USGS) topographic map and/or a USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service soils map that encompasses the proposed logging site.  On the map, indicate the following: Proposed road systems (haul and skid roads), stream crossings, log loading area(s), property boundaries and the boundaries of the logging operation. 

(Note: If you need assistance in obtaining or completing map(s), contact the local  SWCD office)  

C.     Watershed information______________________________________________________________  

Indicate the name of the nearest river or stream that the logging site drains to. 
     (Example: Unnamed tributary flowing to Salt Creek): _______________________________________________________

D.   Best Management Practices__________________________________________________________  

Circle Yes or No; If No, explain the proposed alternative to be used or why the BMP is not applicable.
Yes   No  1.  Leave a filter strip between perennial streams and roads, landings, etc.  (Sect.
VII , pgs. 46-48).

 Explain alternative: _____________________________________________________________________________________


Yes   No  2.  Construct skid trails at grades of 20% or less.  (Sec. IV, pg. 29) Explain alternative: ________________________________


Yes   No  3.  Haul road entrances will be graveled up to 200’ from the public highway when necessary to reduce mud on the road.  

                 (Sec. III , pg. 28)  Explain alternative: ______________________________________________________________


Yes   No  4.  Log landings will be constructed as small as practical, be adequately drained and constructed outside of any filter strips. 

                 (Sec. II, pg. 7) Explain alternative: ________________________________________________________________


Yes   No  5.  Put dips in all approach roads and skid trails that are upslope of landings to prevent water from running onto the landing  

                 Sec. II, pg. 7) Explain alternative: ____________________________________________________________________________       


Yes   No  6.  When roads cannot be out-sloped, ditch water off the road and use properly sized culverts at intervals specified in the BMP handbook.  (Sec. III , pgs. 17-25) Explain alternative: _____________________________________________________________


Yes   No  7.  On non-ditched roads, use broad-based dips and/or grade breaks at intervals specified in the BMP handbook.  (Sec. III ,

                 pgs. 19-20) Explain alternatives: _______________________________________________________________________


Yes   No  8.  Temporary water bars or turn-outs will be placed on skid trails to control potential erosion during any temporary shut down        

                 periods.  (Sec. IV, pgs. 31-35)  Explain alternative: ___________________________________________________


Yes   No  9.  Permanent water bars will be installed at specific intervals as described in the BMP handbook (Sec. IV, pgs. 31- 35 and

               Sec. VIII, pgs. 49-50) Explain alternative: __________________________________________________________________


Yes   No  10.  Stream crossings for Haul and Skid roads shall be avoided when possible. (Sec. VI, pgs. 37-45)

·          Streams should be crossed at right angles (90°). Divert water from road prior to the crossing with a water diversion device or break in grade.

·          Portable bridges will be used when practical, and culverts used when necessary.

·          Streams to be forded shall have banks and stream bottom armored.

·          All stream crossings shall be restored

  Explain alternative:  ______________________________________________________________________________________


Yes   No  11.  Logging slash greater then 6” diameter shall be removed from the channel of perennial streams as identified on U.S.G.S. 7.5 minute quadrangles.  Slash shall be pulled back from channel and bank. (Sec. VII , pg. 47) 

                Explain alternative: ______________________________________________________________________________________


Yes   No  12.  Harvest (sale) closeout procedures shall be completed.  (Sec. VIII, pgs. 49-57).

Water bars will be built on skid trails and haul roads that will not have vehicular traffic.

The following areas will be seeded and    mulched using the liming, fertilization, seeding and mulching guidelines found in the BMP handbook: landings, roads within filter strips, stream crossings, haul roads and skid trails. 

Indicate the seed mixture that will be used: _____________________________________________________________________

Explain alternative: _____________________________________________________________________________


Yes   No  13.  All trash, such as used oil filters, equipment, parts and other items will be removed from the harvest site.  (Sec. II, pg. 7.)

                 Explain alternative: ___________________________________________________________________________


E. Signatures of Responsible Parties______________________________________________________  

I am aware of the erosion control requirements of Ohio ’s Agricultural Pollution Abatement Rules and Standards.  I agree to conduct all logging activities on this site in a manner that will reduce the potential for damage to waters of the state and maintain compliance with all state laws.


                Landowner Signature ______________________________________      __________________                                                                                                                                         (Date)


                Logger Signature: __________________________________________________      __________________


                Forester Signature: __________________________________________________      _________________



     Date that the Timber Harvest Plan was received by the SWCD: _______________________  

     Form reviewed by: ____________________________        ___________________                                (SWCD Technical Representative)                 (Date)                                                                                            

     Was a site review conducted by the SWCD staff     _______Yes           _______ No  

     Site reviewed by:   _______________________________     ___________________________
                               (SWCD Technical Representative)                            (Date)                                                        

    The Timber Harvest Plan was reviewed at the _______________________ meeting of the                                                                              (Date)

     ___________________________ SWCD Board of Supervisors and was:  

     ______ Approved  

     ______ Disapproved for the following reason(s): ________________________________________________________________________________



   Signed: ___________________________________              ___________________________
Chair, SWCD Board of Supervisors                                         (Date)