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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

Wetlands Bureau
Forestry Notification

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.
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Statute and Administrative Rules
RSA 482-A:3, V Excavating and Dredging Permit; Certain Exemptions
Env-Wt 303.04 (e), (g) Minimum Impact Projects (see Env-Wt 100-900 Wetlands Rules)

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$25 per application

Processing Time
Typically 7 – 10 days

Two years as noted under RSA 482:A-3, V, and Env-Wt 502.01 General Conditions Applicable To All Permits/Duration of Permit (see Env-Wt 100-900 Wetlands Rules).

None. As of January 1, 2013, NHDES 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.

NHDES will transfer the permit after receipt of a written request by the new owner or legal authority unless there is pending enforcement action.

Any person aggrieved by a final decision of the Wetlands Program can appeal the decision to the Wetlands Council in accordance with RSA 21-O:5-a.

Status of Current Applications
Wetland and Shoreland Permit Application Status Check

More Information
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.

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Contact Us
Wetlands Bureau at (603) 271-2147



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