Forest Practices Act
The Forest Practices Act was designed to promote sustainable forestry in order to protect forest management, forest industries and rural communities in Maine. Primarily, it reduces the threat of liquidation harvesting, where forest harvesting is held to three standards: 1) Standards for Regeneration after clearcuts; 2) Performance Standards for Clearcuts; and 3) Separation Zones. This law also requires notification prior to harvest.
This rule was designed to eliminate the practice of liquidation harvesting. The Maine legislature has defined liquidation harvesting as "the purchase of timberland followed by a harvest that removes most or all commercial value in standing timber, without regard for long-term forest management principles, and the subsequent sale or attempted resale of the harvested land within 5 years."