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02-333
Department of Professional and Financial Regulation
Board of Licensure of Professional Foresters

2003-2004 Regulatory Agenda

AGENCY UMBRELLA-UNIT NUMBER: 02-333
AGENCY NAME: Department of Professional & Financial Regulation, Office of Licensing & Registration, Board of Licensure of Professional Foresters

CONTACT PERSON: Carol J. Leighton, Office of Licensing and Registration, 35 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333, tel. 624-8520

EMERGENCY RULES ADOPTED SINCE THE LAST REGULATORY AGENDA: None

EXPECTED 2003-2004 RULE-MAKING ACTIVITY:

CHAPTER 10: Definitions
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 MRSA §5506
PURPOSE: This Chapter defines specialized terms that are used in the Board's rules. Publication of a new edition of the Dictionary of Forestry would require the Board to amend this chapter. The Board does not plan to use consensus-based rule development in proposing any changes.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Within 180 days.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Licensees.

CHAPTER 40: Educational Qualifications for Issuance of an Intern Forester License
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 MRSA §5506
PURPOSE: This Chapter establishes standards for approval of educational programs that qualify graduates to apply for intern forester licenses. The case-by-case review of an applicant's educational experience may be amended as the Board evaluates applications. The Board does not plan to use consensus-based rule development in proposing the repeal.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Within 180 days.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Licensees and the public.

CHAPTER 60: Sponsorship of Intern Foresters
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 MRSA §5506
PURPOSE: This Chapter establishes the responsibility of intern foresters and their sponsors. This chapter may need to be amended to clarify the registration process. The Board does not plan to use consensus-based rule development in proposing the repeal.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Within 180 days.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Licensees and the public.

CHAPTER 70: Licensure as Forester
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 MRSA §5506
PURPOSE: This Chapter describes the licensure process following completion of the internship. This chapter may need to be amended to clarify the licensing procedure. The Board does not plan to use consensus-based rule development I proposing changes.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Within 180 days.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Licensees and the public.

CHAPTER 80: Continuing Forestry Education
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 MRSA §5506
PURPOSE: This Chapter establishes the minimum continuing education required for license renewal. The Board will propose an amendment to Section 5 "Nonpracticing Foresters" to delete the "who has attained the age of 62 years" limitation for foresters practicing less than 250 hours per year. In addition, this chapter may need to be amended to clarify the classifications of acceptable continuing education and the reporting process. The Board does not plan to use consensus-based rule development in proposing changes.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Within 180 days.
AFFECTED PARTIES: License Applicants.

CHAPTER 100: Code of Ethics
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 MRSA §5506
PURPOSE: This Chapter defines unprofessional practice as failure to comply with the Code of Ethics adopted by the Board in this Chapter. This chapter may be amended as necessary to address unprofessional conduct resulting from Board complaints and changes in forestry practice. The Board does not plan to use consensus-based rule development in proposing changes.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Within 180 days.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Licensees and the public.


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