To protect and preserve submerged lands under tidal and freshwaters and its wetlands (both salt water and fresh-water) from unregulated alteration that would adversely affect the natural ability of wetlands to absorb flood waters, treat stormwater and recharge groundwater supplies, impact fish and wildlife of significant value and depreciate or obstruct the commerce, recreation and the aesthetic enjoyment of the public.
Applies to forest management or timber harvesting activities regulated under the notice of intent to cut wood requirements of RSA 79:10, Notice of Intent to Cut implemented by the NH Department of Resources and Economic Development.
NEW – Chart to Evaluate Forestry Requirements
Wetlands Minimum Impact Forestry Notification
$25 per application
Typically 7 – 10 days
None. As of January 1, 2013, DES will no longer grant amendments to "Wetlands Minimum Impact Forestry Notifications." Please be sure to carefully plan for all wetland and stream crossings with your initial notification. Once a notification has been processed, any changes will require submission of a new notification.
DES will transfer the permit after receipt of a written request by the new owner or legal authority unless there is pending enforcement action.
Status of Current Applications
Wetland and Shoreland Permit Application Status Check
Please review the requirements for filing a complete application at How to Ensure Your Permit Application is Accepted.
Note that an evaluation for the presence threatened and endangered species from the Natural Heritage Bureau is required.
Forest management must be done in accordance with Best Management Practices for Erosion Control on Timber Harvesting Operations in New Hampshire
Wetlands Bureau at (603) 271-2147
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