Logging Law and Legal Definition

Logging is the harvesting of timber. Logging is regulated under various state and federal laws because of the environmental impact of logging. President Bush has signed into law the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 designed to reduce the risk of wild fires by thinning dense undergrowth and brush in forested areas.

The Roadless Area Conservation Rule is an administrative rule that was issued by the U.S. Forest Service in January 2001 to protect the last remaining wildlands in our national forest system. It prohibits virtually all road building and logging in about one-third of the national forest system's total acreage.

The following is an example of a federal statute defining logging of timber:

According to 13 CFR 121.506 [Title 13 -- Business Credit and Assistance; Chapter I -- Small Business Administration; Part 121 -- Small Business Size Regulations; Subpart A -- Size Eligibility Provisions and Standards; Size Eligibility Requirements for Sales or Lease of Government Property], logging of timber means “felling and bucking, yarding, and/or loading. It does not mean hauling.”