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Law of the Forests.

Document type
Framework law Forest management/forest conservation Forestry protection measures Public forest Afforestation/reforestation Erosion Timber extraction/logging International trade
Geographical area
Black Sea, Eastern Europe, Europe, EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA, European Union Countries

This Law provides for the settlement of the relations in connection with the ownership and tenure-management, the reproduction, the use and protection of the forests in the Republic of Bulgaria. The Law consists of 8 Chapters divided into 123 articles: General Provisions (I); Organization of the forest fund (II); Reproduction of the forests (III); Benefits from the forests and the lands of the forest fund (IV); Protection of the forests and lands of the forest fund (V); Construction in the forest (VI); Financing of the forestry (VII); Administrative and punitive provisions (VIII). The forests are divided into lands with basic lumber production and environment forming functions, protective and recreational forests in protected territories (art. 4). The right of ownership of the forests and the lands of the forest fund, as specified in articles 6 to 11, belongs to corporate bodies and physical persons, to the state and municipalities. The National Department of Forests shall manage the state forest fund and shall have the control over all forests and lands of the forest fund (art. 21). A national council for forests shall be established to discuss basic issues of the management of forests. The forests and the lands of the forest fund shall be constructed, managed and used according to forest development projects, plans and programs (arts. 25 to 28). Chapter III deals with the following matters: creation of new forests which shall include the activities of collecting, obtaining and producing forest reproduction material, afforestation, soil conservation, etc.; management and control of the fight against erosion; carrying out of growth, sanitary and restoration felling. Chapter IV sets out provisions on the following: timber extraction, felling and hauling of timber, quotas and felling periods, etc.; offering on the market of unprocessed timber described as "classified according to the rules of the European economic community"; export and import. The protection of forests and lands shall include the protection of forests against diseases, insects, weeds, parasitic plants, rodents and other pests, fires, etc. Any construction in forests and lands of the forest fund need a permit.

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References - Legislation


Forestry Act.

Legislation | Bulgaria | 1958 (1994)

Keyword: Forest management/forest conservation, Forestry protection measures, Public forest