Commercial permits – harvest permits
Proposed Rules and Reasoning
[(a)](b) Commercial harvest permits. The board or its authorized representative may issue permits for the purpose of purchasing[,] and harvesting[, and removing] forest products from a forest reserve [(e.g., timber, seedlings, greenery, tree fern, cinder, and lava rock)].
Reasoning for proposed change: Examples of forest products have been removed from this provision, instead a new definition of forest product is proposed for inclusion in HAR §13-104-2 (see Definitions).
[(c)] (1) Each application for a commercial harvest permit shall be considered on its own merits, including its potential effect on [the premises] forest reserve resources and the public’s use and enjoyment of the forest reserve[.]; provided further that tree harvesting shall be done in accordance with a management plan as required by section 183-16.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes.
Reasoning for proposed change: This proposed change reaffirms HRS §183-16.5, which states that harvesting of trees require a management plan. An overwhelming majority of commercial harvest permits are issued for non-timber forest products like bamboo stalks, bamboo shoots, maile, etc. and thus do not involve tree harvesting.
[(d) Permits will not be issued for harvesting material for direct resale.]
Reasoning for proposed change: DOFAW proposes to repeal this provision which prohibits the direct resale of timber harvested under a commercial harvest permit. The cost of mobilization, harvesting and hauling of forest products, especially timber, can account for over 50% of potential harvest revenue. Mobilization adds value to the product and is a service provided by some individuals and/or companies as part of the larger forest product industry. Prohibiting direct re-sale can discourage local wood workers and small mills from utilizing locally grown forest resources.
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