“Free Handling” Forest
A registered forest in the National Forest Inventory Database, a forest cultivated area by definition. When such an area is registered for agricultural cultivation, the local forestry authorities must be notified. In case of implementation of a ‘free handling’ forest, the application must be accompanied by a simplified afforestation and implementation plan drawn up by qualified forestry personnel with tertiary education. Application to the forestry authority to allow implementation is necessary and the license is valid for 5 years after issuance.
The forestry authorities must be notified 21 days prior to commencement of a complete clear-cut or partial harvest of wood stock, and must also be notified within 30 days of completion.
||’Free Handling’ Forest
|Only forest manager may harvest stock
||Owner of land-user may harvest stock
|A forest plan is necessary
||Free to self manage
|Permission necessary for forestry activities
||Authorities must be notified of activities
|Forest renovation is compulsory
||Not compulsory to renovate forest
|change of cultivation branch only by paying fees or refining
||No fees for change of cultivation branch
||No subsidies apply