Program Requirements & Standards

Program Requirements

If awarded funds: • Bridge must meet or exceed the chosen set of specifi cations (see below). • Bridge must be constructed or purchased within six months upon execution of the contract. • The bridge must be used at least twice (e.g. two harvests or two different crossings) in the priority counties between June 2011 and September 2012. • Funding recipients must follow all appropriate local, state, and federal regulations regarding timber harvesting and stream crossings and must obtain any required permits. • Recipients must use appropriate required and recommended BMPs on the approaches and crossing. • Upper Basin priority counties include: o Pennsylvania: Wayne, Pike, and Monroe counties o New York: Delaware, Sullivan, and western Ulster and Orange counties

o New Jersey: Sussex and Warren counties

Standards for bridge construction

• Bridges must be new. • Loggers may choose between two sets of specifi cations for their bridge.

o Vermont Clean and Clear Program: Design and Specifi cations for Portable Skidder Bridges (standard or heavy-duty): (http://www.vtfpr.org/watershed/initiative.cfm)

o Recommended species: Hemlock, Oak o Acceptable species include Softwoods (except White Pine, Cedar) and Hardwoods (except Poplar/Aspen, Basswood, Birch) • Bridge must be portable and able to be moved and installed using harvesters’ equipment. • Recommended span is 20 feet. The minimum span is 16 feet. • The chosen design must be compatible with the types of equipment to be used. • The bridge must be reusable, with a minimum lifespan of two years. The use of treated materials is preferred to extend its lifespan. • Signage about the Common Waters Fund is required on bridge. • CWF reserves the right to require a permanent identifi cation mark on each bridge.

• It is recommended that the bridge design be certifi ed by a registered professional engineer prior to construction.