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                    THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA                                   
                          FORESTRY LAW                                          
                                                                                
                                                                                
                             Vilnius                                            
                   22 November 1994, No.I-671                                   
                                                                                
                                                                                
                      1. GENERAL PROVISIONS                                     
                                                                                
     1. Main Trends of Forestry Policy                                          
     The forest  is  one  of  the  principal  Lithuanian  natural               
resources,  which  serves  the  welfare  of  the  State  and  its               
citizens, protects  the stability of landscape and quality of the               
environment, and  which shall  be  managed  on  the  basis  of  a               
continuous and  multi-purpose use,  guaranteeing the diversity of               
forms of ownership. State forest ownership prevails in Lithuania.               
     Forests shall be managed properly without violating economic               
and ecological interests of the State.                                          
     The environment, diversity of plants and animals, landscape,               
nature and culture values must be preserved and harmonized in the               
forests.                                                                        
     Woodlands of   Lithuania's  territory must  be increased and               
the capacities   for  their increase  shall be  defined   in  the               
process of preparation of documents on territorial planning (land               
use planning)..                                                                 
     The Seimas  of the  Republic of  Lithuania shall  shape  the               
state forest  policy, and the Ministry of Forestry, authorized by               
the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, shall implement it.                
                                                                                
     Article 2. Aims and Validity of the Law                                    
     The Forestry  Law shall  establish rights  and duties of all               
forest managers, owners and users of the Republic of Lithuania to               
utilize, reproduce,  grow and  protect forests,  strike a balance               
between the interests of forest owners and society, establish the               
main principles of forest management.                                           
     In   cases  where  the  Forestry  Law  of  the  Republic  of               
Lithuania  contradicts     the   regulations   of   international               
agreements of  the  Republic  of  Lithuania  concerning    forest               
utilization, reproduction and protection, the regulations of  the               
international agreements shall be applied.                                      
                                                                                
     Article 3. Main Definitions                                                
     Forest land  is  defined  as  the  land  covered  by  forest               
(stands) or  not  covered  by  forest  (cleared  areas,  perished               
stands, forest  meadows, nurseries, seed-plots, seed orchards and               
raw shrubbery  and plantations).  Also to be rated as forest land               
are forest  roads and draining ditches, forest compartment lines,               
technological and fire-prevention strips, piling places and areas               
taken up  by facilities  related  to  forest,  rest  spots,  game               
feeding points,   swamps, sands, as well as land appropriated for               
afforestation.                                                                  
     Forest land may be forestry or conservation designated.                    
     Forest is  defined as  a tract of land not less than 0.1 ha,               
covered by  trees or other forest vegetation or temporary lost of               
it (cleared or burned areas).                                                   
     Clusters of  trees situated  in fields,  by roadsides, water               
bodies, within  towns or rural settlements as well as cemeteries,               
narrow   - up to 10 metres - tree lines, hedges, single trees and               
shrubs as well as parks planted by man, which are situated within               
towns and  rural settlements,  are not considered as forest.  The               
procedure  for   care,  protection   and  utilization   of  green               
plantation shall be established by the Government of the Republic               
of Lithuania.                                                                   
     Forest estate  is defined  as a  forest land area managed by               
the right of private or state ownership.                                        
     Forest owners  are  defined  as  the  state  and  Lithuanian               
citizens having acquired the right of ownership to forests within               
the manner prescribed by law.                                                   
     State forest  managers are  defined as  forest  enterprises,               
reserves, national parks, enterprises and organizations which are               
granted the  right to manage forests by the procedure established               
by laws or the Government of the Republic of Lithuania.                         
     Forest users  are defined  as forest  managers  and  private               
forest owners  as well  as forest leaseholders who utilize forest               
resources, and  other legal and natural persons who have acquired               
the right to utilize forest resources.                                          
      Forest  enterprise is  defined as  an institution of forest               
management and  administration which  reproduces, preserves,  and               
protects the  forest and  utilizes forest  resources on the state               
land allotted  in the established procedure to it for management.               
Standard regulations  of forest  enterprises shall be approved by               
the Government of the Republic of Lithuania.                                    
     Regional  state   forest  inspectorate   is  defined  as  an               
inspectorate which exercises the state forest control over forest               
enterprises, other  forest managers,  users  and  owners  in  the               
territory assigned to it.                                                       
     Forest resources  are defined as timber, technical material,               
medicinal herbs,  mushrooms, berries,  nuts,  forest  vegetation,               
shed antlers, forest fauna.                                                     
     Forest protection  class is  defined as  forest  areas  with               
similar main  management  goals, regime of management and leading               
forest function .                                                               
     State forest  service officials - executives and specialists               
of the  Ministry of  Forestry,   those of  regional state  forest               
inspectorates, and  those  of  forest  enterprises  and  national               
parks, the list of whom is approved by the Minister of Forestry.                
                                                                                
     Article 4. Forest Protection Classes                                       
     Forests shall be divided into four classes.                                
     Class 1   - forest reserves. State reserves, national parks,               
as  well  as  reserves  and  forest  reserve  plots  situated  on               
biosphere monitoring territories.                                               
     Management purpose - let forests grow naturally. No cuttings               
except in  cases provided for in the Law on Protected Territories               
of the  Republic of Lithuania and in the regulations of reserves,               
shall be carried out.                                                           
     Class 2  - special  purpose forests. Two following subgroups               
shall be distinguished:                                                         
     A -  ecosystem-preserving forests. Forests within landscape,               
swamps, pedological,  botanical, zoological, botanical-zoological               
sanctuaries and  those of  sanctuaries situated in national parks               
and biosphere monitoring territories, forests of protected nature               
resources plots and antierosion forests, and other forests.                     
     Management  purpose  -  to  preserve  or  regenerate  forest               
ecosystems.  Regeneration   felling  in  the  stands  of  natural               
maturity and,  in  the  cases  which  are  provided  for  in  the               
regulations  of   respective  protected   territories,  the  same               
fellings in  the  stands  of  other  age,  as  well  as  all-type               
improvement and sanitation cuttings shall be allowed.                           
     B  -   recreational  forests.  Forest  parks,  health-resort               
forests, forests  within recreational  areas of  national  parks,               
plots of recreation forests and other forests.                                  
     Management purpose  - to  create and preserve the recreation               
environment of  forest. Regeneration  fellings in  the stands  of               
natural  maturity,  all  types  of  improvement,  sanitation  and               
landscape shaping cuttings shall be allowed.                                    
     Class  3   -  protective   forests.  These  are  geological,               
geomorphologic,   hydrographic,    cartographic   and    cultural               
sanctuaries and forests of sanctuaries,  situated within national               
parks and biosphere monitoring territories, forests of protective               
areas and other forests.                                                        
     Management purpose  - to  form productive  stands which  can               
fulfill the  functions of  protecting the  soil, air,  water  and               
man's living  environment. Sheltercut  and small  scaled (up to 6               
ha) clear  fellings, improvement and sanitation cuttings shall be               
allowed.                                                                        
     Class 4 - commercial forests. These are all the forests, not               
comprised in  Classes 1-3,  including forests  within  commercial               
zones of national parks.                                                        
     Management purpose  - to  form productive stands pursuant to               
the  environmental  protection  requirements,  to  supply  timber               
continuously. All  kinds of  fellings  shall  be  allowed.  Clear               
cutting areas must not be larger than 10 hectares.                              
     Upon the  permission of  the  Ministry  of  Forestry,  clear               
cutting areas  may be extended up to 8 hectares in Class 3 and up               
to  15  hectares  in  Class  4  according  to  forest  management               
projects. In other cases the extension of areas shall be possible               
only  upon   coordinating  with  the  Ministry  of  Environmental               
Protection.                                                                     
     Separate parts  of reserves  and recreational forests may be               
assigned to  different forest classes on the basis of territorial               
planning documents.                                                             
     The Government  of the Republic of Lithuania shall establish               
the procedure for division of forests into protection classes and               
assign other forests to the established groups.                                 
                                                                                
     Article 5. Forest Ownership                                                
     Forests shall be divided into private and state according to               
the forms of ownership.                                                         
     Forest ownership  relations shall  be regulated by this Law,               
Land Law of the Republic of Lithuania and other laws.                           
     A private  forest estate shall not be divided into parts, if               
the estate  is  or  becomes  smaller  than  5  hectares.  In  the               
protected territories  this shall  be regulated  by  the  Law  on               
Protected Territories.                                                          
     The following  persons shall  be  granted  priority  to  buy               
forest on the same conditions:                                                  
     1) owners of  neighbouring estates; and                                    
     2) persons  who have  a higher or special secondary forestry               
education.                                                                      
      Forest  land can be taken (bought out) from forest managers               
and owners  to meet public interests in the procedure established               
by the Land Law.                                                                
     Forests of  state significance shall belong by the exclusive               
right of  ownership to  the Republic  of Lithuania if the forests               
are assigned to:                                                                
     1) state  reserves, reserves  within national  and  regional               
parks;                                                                          
     2) the Curonian spit national park;                                        
     3) protective  forests  which  are  situated  in  up  to  7-               
kilometre-width belt  at the  shores of  the Baltic  Sea and  the               
Curonian  lagoon,  especially  valuable  recreational    forests,               
establishments of  scientific research  of forests  and training,               
and establishments of selected seed growing, the first and second               
zones of   sanitary  protection of  health resorts, town forests,               
parks within  forests, genetic  reserves within  forests,  forest               
nurseries and  seed orchards.                                                   
     Other  forests   which  are  not  subject  to  privatization               
according to  the Law  on Land  Reform  and  other  laws  of  the               
Republic of  Lithuania, except  for the  forests which  are being               
returned to  private ownership  in the  procedure established  by               
laws, shall be assigned to the forests of state significance.                   
                                                                                
     Article 6. State Forest Land Lease                                         
                                                                                
     State forest  land shall not be leased. An exception is made               
of small  forest land  lots which  are situated  between  private               
estates, territorially  inconvenient  for  management  by  forest               
enterprises and national parks and which have not been privatized               
during the  land reform.  These lots  may be  leased to legal and               
natural persons  in the procedure established by the Land Law and               
the Law on Land Lease of the Republic of Lithuania.                             
                                                                                
     Article 7.  State Forest  Management and  Supervision of the               
Implementation of the Forestry Law                                              
     The Government  of the  Republic of  Lithuania and  a  state               
institution authorized  by it  shall perform the functions of the               
owner of  state forests.  The Ministry  of Forestry shall perform               
the functions of state management of all forests of Lithuania.                  
     The Ministry  of Forestry  and  its  regional  state  forest               
inspectorates shall  supervise the  implementation of  the Law on               
Forestry,  exercise   the  state  control  over  the  conditions,               
utilization, regeneration  and protection of forests. Officers of               
the state forest service of forest enterprises and national parks               
may be  instructed to exercise state control over the conditions,               
utilization, regeneration  and protection of forests belonging to               
forest owners,  managers and  users under  their  control.    The               
regulations of  the state forest control shall be approved by the               
Government of the Republic of Lithuania.                                        
     The officers  of the  state forest  service shall  have  the               
right:  to   keep  and,  in  the  procedure  established  by  the               
Government of  the Republic  of Lithuania,  to carry   a  service               
weapon, to  stop all kinds of means of transportation which carry               
timber on  the forest roads and the territory of forest land, and               
to check  documents  of  timber  purchase  and  the  legality  of               
transportation, to  terminate, restrict  or prohibit  an  illegal               
economic activity  in the  forest estate,  if this  Law  and  the               
requirements of  other standard acts are being violated or damage               
is being caused to the forest  by it..                                          
     Officers of  the state  forest service  shall not  have  the               
right to  work for  hire, to  be  founders  and  shareholders  of               
private  logging,  wood  processing,  timber  trade  and  hunting               
service enterprises.                                                            
     The regulations  pertaining to  officers of the state forest               
service shall  be approved  by the  Government of the Republic of               
Lithuania.                                                                      
     While carrying  out the  state regulation of the utilization               
of natural  resources in  forests and  control over protection of               
forests, the Ministry of Environmental Protection shall:                        
     control in  the established manner the extension of woodness               
of the  territory of Lithuania, location of forests and formation               
of landscape;                                                                   
     carry  out   the  examination   of   programmes   concerning               
utilization of  forests and  control the  implementation of these               
programmes;                                                                     
     coordinate the  extent of  the main  felling and control how               
the approved felling norms are observed;                                        
     coordinate the  projects concerning  organization of  forest               
exploitation and  control how  forest managers and owners observe               
the requirements  of  this  project  of  organization  of  forest               
exploitation while utilizing and regenerating forests;                          
     coordinate and  control how  forest land is transformed into               
other areas of economic significance;                                           
     coordinate places and projects of land-reclamation, roads of               
general  use,   deposits  of  mineral  resources,  facilities  of               
communications and other types construction;                                    
     together   with   the   Ministry   of   Forestry   establish               
restrictions of forestry activities in the protected territories,               
the procedure  for gathering  mushrooms, berries, nuts, medicinal               
herbs and  other forest products and control how the procedure is               
observed,  provide   for  the   protection  measures  of  plants,               
mushrooms, animals  which are  rare and under extinction, control               
the implementation of the said measures;                                        
     approve the  limits of  use of  animals and medicinal herbs,               
regulate and  control the  registration and utilization of forest               
animals;                                                                        
     coordinate and  control the use of aviachemical measures for               
forest pests control.                                                           
                                                                                
     Article 8. Economic Regulation of Forestry                                 
     Works  related  to  regeneration,  developing,  caring  for,               
protection of  forests within  forest enterprises, to preparation               
of timber and to organization of forest exploitation, to building               
and   reconstruction of  production and  dwelling facilities,  to               
laying  and  repairing  of  forest  roads,  supervision  of  land               
draining systems,  purchase and  repair of  main means as well as               
other forestry activities shall be covered from the Forest Fund.                
     The Forest  Fund of  forest enterprises  shall  consist  of:               
incomes from  the sold  not-cut forest  and raw  timber  (in  the               
forest, upper  and lower landings), secondary use of forest (hay-               
mowing and  pasture of  cattle, birch sap, mushrooms and berries,               
medicinal  herbs,   gathering  of   forest  litter  and  leaves),               
preparation of  secondary forest  material (resin, stumps, basses               
and  barks,   twigs,  Christmas   trees  and   other   decorative               
materials), from forest areas rented for hunting, organization of               
rest and  business, incomes  from the  sold forestry  and hunting               
production,  forest   seeds,  saplings   and    various  services               
rendered, funds  received from  recovered forestry  losses due to               
the change  of the  designated purpose  of land  use, funds  from               
losses, forfeit  and fines  for forest violations and infractions               
of rules  concerning   the uncut  forest sale  as well  as  other               
resources provided for in the procedure for the establishment and               
use of the Forest Fund.                                                         
     The Forest  Fund shall  not be  taxed; the procedure for its               
establishment and  use shall  be established by the Government of               
the Republic of Lithuania.                                                      
     The Forest  Fund may  also be  established in national parks               
and other forest enterprises and organizations.                                 
     Land tax for the forest land shall not be collected.                       
     Units of forest enterprises and national parks which process               
raw timber  , shall  buy it  through the  same procedure as other               
users of timber and shall pay taxes established by laws.                        
     The Government  of the  Republic of  Lithuania  may  provide               
subsidies   and    preferential   credits    for   afforestation,               
regeneration, growing  of forests,  for the  development of  fire               
prevention and  sanitary protection  of forests  as well  as  the               
infrastructure of  forests. If  the economic  activity of  forest               
managers, owners  or users  is restricted,  they shall be granted               
tax  and   other  privileges  and  compensations  in  the  manner               
prescribed  by  laws  and  the  Government  of  the  Republic  of               
Lithuania.                                                                      
     In order to manage forestry in a more rational and effective               
way,   forest  owners  may  voluntarily  unite  into  cooperative               
structures, establish  targeted  funds  or  otherwise  accumulate               
means for  the development of forestry activities. The Government               
of the  Republic of  Lithuania shall  encourage the  activity  of               
these structures.                                                               
                                                                                
     Article 9. Public Access to Forest                                         
     Citizens shall  enjoy the  right to  visit  forests  freely,               
except for  reserved forests  and forests  of a  special  purpose               
(borderland, military  facilities, etc.)  designation.  They  may               
gather medicinal herbs, fruits, nuts, berries and mushrooms, keep               
bees in  hives and  apiaries observing  this Law  and the  Law on               
Environmental Protection  of the Republic of Lithuania as well as               
subordinate  legislation.   Exception  covers   private   forests               
                                                                                
surrounding homesteads  of forest  owners at  a distance of up to               
100 metres and forests in which this is restricted by other laws.               
     On  the  recommendation  of  state  forest  authorities  and               
national parks and in town forests - without this recommendation,               
when there  are valid  reasons  (great  danger  of  fire,  forest               
felling,  specific   management  areas,   protected   facilities,               
necessity to  preserve  forest  resources,  forest  business  and               
other), regional  and town  municipalities may forbid or restrict               
public access  to  forests  and  gathering  of  medicinal  herbs,               
mushrooms, berries and other forest products.                                   
     Public access  to forests  and gathering  of forest products               
within protected areas shall be regulated by the Law of Protected               
Territories and the regulations of these territories.                           
     Forest managers,  owners or  users  shall  post  information               
signs on  the  boundaries  of  forests  which  are  forbidden  or               
restricted to visit.                                                            
     Upon having  noticed a  fire in  the forest, forest visitors               
must put  out the  fire and  if they cannot put it out, they must               
immediately inform a state forest authority, national park, state               
fire prevention service, police or local authority.                             
                                                                                
                          2. FOREST USE                                         
                                                                                
     Article 10. Duties of Forest Owners, Managers and Users                    
     Forests shall  be managed  according  to  the  principal  of               
sustainable forest  use, so that timber and other forest products               
shall be constantly supplied and the annual or periodical balance               
between timber growth and the logging shall be maintained.                      
     Forest managers,  owners and users must protect forests from               
fire, pests,  diseases and other negative factors, regenerate cut               
down forest  in time  and appropriately,  use the  forest in such               
ways which  would help  to reduce  the negative  influence on the               
environment, rationally  manage forest  lands (forest),  preserve               
soil capacity,  protect biological  variety,  observe  rules  set               
forth in  this Law  as well  as in  other  laws  and  subordinate               
legislation.                                                                    
     Forest  users   must  put  forest  areas,  which  have  been               
destroyed during   the  forest utilization, in such an order that               
they are  suitable for utilizing according to their purpose, save               
forest roads,  drainage systems and other technological equipment               
and must  not violate  the rights  and legal  interests of forest               
managers, owners and other users.                                               
     In state  forests forest managers and users must observe the               
regulations  concerning   the  non-cleared   forest  sale.  These               
regulations shall  be approved  by the Government of the Republic               
of Lithuania. In state forests timber processors must, within the               
periods established  by the  forest utilization permit, including               
extended periods,  must clear  the forest and remove the produced               
timber. Upon the request of timber processor, time for removal of               
forest felling  and produced  timber shall  be extended  up to  6               
months. Forest  which has  not been  cleared and raw timber which               
has not  been  removed  during  the  fixed  term,  including  the               
extended term,  shall pass  into the  hands of the forest manager               
and shall  be realized  on the  general basis  and  the  received               
resources shall be included into the Forest Fund.                               
     The procedure for account of raw timber and marking which is               
established by  the Government of the Republic of Lithuania shall               
be obligatory to all forest managers, owners and users.                         
                                                                                
     Article 11.  The Right  of Forest Managers, Owners and Users               
to Utilize Forest and its Resources                                             
     Private forest  owners shall be granted the right to utilize               
forest upon  receiving the document confirming the ownership of a               
landlot.                                                                        
     The Government  of the  Republic of  Lithuania shall approve               
the  regulations   for  management  and  utilization  of  private               
forests.                                                                        
        The right  to utilize the state forest resources shall be               
acquired upon  receiving the  license by  an  appropriate  forest               
manager. The  procedure for  issuing  such  a  license  shall  be               
established by the Ministry of Forestry.                                        
     Forests may  be used  for the production of timber and other               
forest  products,   recreation,  scientific  research,  training,               
hunting, apiculture,  protection of  habitats and  other purposes               
which do not contradict this Law.                                               
     Forest managers  and owners  may lease  in  the  established               
manner forest  areas for hunting, preparation of medicinal herbs,               
recreation, scientific research, secondary utilization of forest.               
     Forest  users   shall  have   the  right  in  the  procedure               
prescribed in  the  license  to  construct  technological  forest               
roads, sites  for  loading  the  forest  production  and  parking               
transport vehicles,  to install  production equipment and arrange               
other activities related to forest  work .                                      
     Established terms  and conditions for the forest utilization               
shall be entered in the forest utilization licenses.                            
     The rights of forest users shall be protected by laws of the               
Republic of  Lithuania. Violated  rights must be restored and the               
inflicted losses - compensated.                                                 
     The rights  to utilize  forest  may  be  restricted  in  the               
procedure established  by laws  in the  interests  of    society,               
environmental and forest protection.                                            
     Foreign entities  may be granted the right to utilize forest               
resources in the procedure established by laws of the Republic of               
Lithuania and by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania.                   
                                                                                
     Article 12.  Termination of  the  Right  to  Utilize  Forest               
Resources                                                                       
     The  right  to  utilize  state  forest  resources  shall  be               
terminated when:  the term  of forest  utilization  expires;  the               
forest  user   renounce  his   right  to   utilize  forest;   the               
requirements, established in the forest utilization license,  and               
regulations of  forest  felling  and  protection  are  not  being               
observed; the  right to utilize forest is transferred to somebody               
else or  the legal  person, who  has   the right  to utilize  the               
forest resources,   is  liquidated; forest  is taken  for  public               
needs, as well as for the interests of environmental protection.                
     The right  to utilize  forest resources  in private  forests               
shall  be   terminated  in   the  procedure  established  in  the               
regulations of private forests management and utilization.                      
                                                                                
     Article 13. Forest Land Transformation                                     
     Forest land  may be  transformed into  farming land or other               
type of  land only  in  exceptional  cases,  striking  a  balance               
between the interests of the State, forest owner and society, and               
in the  manner prescribed  by the  Government of  the Republic of               
Lithuania.                                                                      
     Forest cutting to meet technological and production needs of               
forestry (to  establish seed-plots,  to build  roads  related  to               
forestry,  to   construct  fire  prevention-belts,  technological               
strips, recreation  areas and  timber landings,  to  dig  in  the               
established manner  gravel and sand for economic needs, for other               
forest equipment)  shall not  be  considered  as  a  forest  land               
transformation.                                                                 
     If other  than a  forest land is afforested in the procedure               
established by  laws, the  Forestry Law becomes effective in this               
area.                                                                           
                                                                                
     Article 14.  Forest  Land  Draining,  Fertilizing  and  Road               
Construction                                                                    
                                                                                
     Forest land draining, fertilizing and the use of a poisonous               
chemical substance  may not  contradict the  Law on Environmental               
Protection and the appropriate standard acts.                                   
     The  maintenance  and  repairing  of  forest  land  drainage               
network  and  forest  roads  which  extending  over  the  estates               
belonging to  several forest  owners and managers must be done by               
the owners and managers of these estates.                                       
     Minor maintenance work of forest land drainage systems shall               
be done  and forest  roads built with the funds of forest owners,               
managers, users and the Forest Fund.                                            
     Other drainage  works of  all forests shall be financed from               
the budget.                                                                     
                                                                                
     Article 15. Official Land Parcels                                          
     State forest  enterprises and  national parks shall have the               
right to  allot to  their employees  official land parcels in the               
landlots  allotted   to  them.  Norms  and  procedure  for  their               
allotment shall  be established by the Government of the Republic               
of Lithuania. This land shall not be privatized.                                
                                                                                
                  3. STATE FOREST CADASTRE AND                                  
                     FOREST MANAGEMENT PLAN                                     
                                                                                
     Article 16.  State Forest  Stocktaking, Forest  Registration               
and Forest Cadastre                                                             
     The purpose  of the  state  forest  stocktaking  and  forest               
registration -  to evaluate  forest resources, their quality, and               
to  furnish   information  concerning   natural  and   managerial               
situation of forests.                                                           
     State forest  stocktaking shall  be exercised  in all forest               
estates. In  State  forest  authorities,  national  reserves  and               
national parks  the stocktaking  and registration  are obligatory               
for both  forest and  non-forest lands (farming lands, waters and               
so on).                                                                         
     State forest stocktaking specialists shall have the right to               
enter all  forest  estates,  perform  stocktaking  works  and  be               
provided with the information necessary to carry out stocktaking.               
     The procedure,  content  and  periodicity  of  state  forest               
stocktaking and  forest registration  shall be established by the               
Ministry of Forestry, and in the protected territories (reserves,               
national parks and state preserves) - by the Ministry of Forestry               
together with the Ministry of Environmental Protection.                         
     Upon the  basis of the state forest stocktaking data, forest               
registration shall be carried out, state forest cadastre shall be               
drawn up and forest management plans shall be drafted.                          
     The state  forest cadastre  shall comprise  the sum total of               
data concerning  forests,  type  of  their  ownership,  quantity,               
quality and  economic value  of forest resources. Its content and               
procedure for  drawing up shall be established by the Ministry of               
Forestry together  with  the  Ministry  of  Agriculture  and  the               
Ministry of Environmental Protection.                                           
     State forest stocktaking and registration in private forests               
shall be  carried out  with State  funds, in other forests - with               
the funds of the State, forest managers and the Forest Fund.                    
                                                                                
     Article 17. Forest Management Plan                                         
     Forest management  plan shall  be the  basis for  organizing               
forest management. It shall be obligatory for all forest estates,               
except for  the owners  who have   up  to 3 ha of forest in small               
tracks.  Forests  shall  be  managed,  utilized  and  regenerated               
according to this plan. Taking into consideration the size of the               
estate, the  Ministry of Forestry shall establish its content and               
other indices,  as well  as the  age of  stands  felling  in  all               
forests. Main  fellings  shall  be  done  in  mature,  overmature               
forests, in  cases provided for in forest felling regulations and               
in the  stands which  become mature.  The  annual  norm  of  main               
cuttings shall  be established  for each forest manager and owner               
according to  the methodics approved by the Ministry of Forestry.               
The  obligatory  parts  of  the  plan  shall  be  allowable  cut,               
reforestation and environmental requirements.                                   
     The norm  of forest  felling of the Republic of Lithuania in               
the state  forests shall  be approved  by the  Government of  the               
Republic of Lithuania.                                                          
     State forest  managers, possessing  forests of more than 500               
ha, and  citizens, managing  by the common right of property more               
than 500  ha of forests, must not exceed the norm of annual final               
cutting, with  the exception  of cases  of natural calamities and               
when this  norm has  not been  overfulfilled in  previous  years,               
counting from  the year  of the norm approval. In other cases the               
permission to  exceed the  annual norm of the main felling may be               
provided only by the Ministry of Forestry, upon coordination with               
the Ministry of Environmental Protection. Other forest owners and               
managers, not  violating the  requirements of  the forest felling               
regulations, may  deviate from  annual norm, but must observe the               
norm of the decade felling.                                                     
     Forest management  plans shall  be approved  in  the  manner               
prescribed by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania.                      
     Forest management  plans shall  be worked  out by  the State               
forest management  authority or  legal and  natural  persons  who               
possess the  permits (licenses)  of the Ministry of Forestry. The               
persons possessing  theses permits  may also carry out the forest               
stocktaking, and provide the stocktaking data to the State forest               
management authority.                                                           
     Forest management  plans shall  be worked out with the funds               
of the State, forest owners, managers and the Forest Fund.                      
                                                                                
           4. FOREST REGENERATION, GROWING AND FELLING                          
                                                                                
     Article 18. Forest Regeneration and Afforestation                          
     Forest must  be regenerated  from the funds of its managers,               
owners and  users, observing  the  regulations  approved  by  the               
Ministry of Forestry.                                                           
     Forest  on   non-forest  land   may   be   afforested   upon               
coordinating with the town (regional) land exploitation authority               
according to  forest management  or land  exploitation plans.  It               
shall be afforested with the funds of the State, forest managers,               
owners and the Forest Fund.                                                     
     Cleared and  burned areas  shall be  artificially reforested               
within two  years after those areas have emerged. Forest shall be               
artificially  afforested   and  regenerated   on  the  genetical-               
ecological basis,  with seedlings  (seeds) of  selection  nature.               
Officials of  the State  forest  authority  may  prohibit  forest               
managers, owners  and users  from further final fellings till the               
cleared forest  is not  reforested. Exceptions  shall be  allowed               
when forest  has been destroyed in large areas because of natural               
calamities.                                                                     
     Regeneration   and    afforestation   shall   also   include               
reconstruction of  stands of little value, replenishment, tending               
and  protection     of  plantation  (artificially  afforested  or               
naturally grown)  until a  thicket  stage.  Destroyed  plantation               
shall be regenerated within two years.                                          
     Cleared oak, maple, lime, ash and pine stands, which grew on               
the sites suitable for them, must be again reforested by the same               
tree species.                                                                   
     The Ministry of Forestry shall organize the forest gene pool               
protection  and  creation  of  selective  seed  production  base,               
establish the  requirements for  the seed  and planting  material               
quality.                                                                        
                                                                                
     Article 19. Stands Growing and Felling                                     
     Stands growing  shall be regulated by cleaning, thinning and               
reconstructional   fellings,   other   silvicultural   and   soil               
improvement measures  according to the directions and regulations               
approved by the Ministry of Forestry.                                           
      Cleanings  and thinning  shall be  carried out  in immature               
stands to  improve their  productiveness  and  stability  and  to               
preserve  biological   diversity.  Stands   density  and  species               
composition shall be regulated by these fellings.                               
     Sanitation cuttings  shall be  carried out  for keeping  and               
improving forest health state.                                                  
     Final  cuttings   shall  be   carried  out   following   the               
regulations approved by the Ministry of Forestry.                               
     Fellings may  also be  carried out  in  order  to  form  the               
landscape,  to   execute  biotechnical  means,  to  arrange  fire               
prevention-belts, to prepare sites for technological installments               
and other fellings.                                                             
                                                                                
                      5. FOREST PROTECTION                                      
                                                                                
     Article 20. Forest Protection Objectives                                   
     Forest and  its products  shall be  protected  from  illegal               
actions: self-willed  forest cutting,  violation  of  forest  use               
procedure,  plunder   of  forest   products,  industrial   forest               
pollution, forest  littering, forest  burning, damages  caused by               
domestic animals.                                                               
     Forest shall also be protected from diseases, pests, damages               
caused by  wild animals,  fires  and  other  natural  calamities,               
mechanical damages on forest soil and trees.                                    
                                                                                
     Article  21.   Forest  Protection   from  Fire  and  Natural               
Calamities                                                                      
     The  uniform  system  of  state  fire  prevention  measures,               
comprising monitoring, preventive and fire control measures, must               
be established  and maintained. This uniform state system of fire               
prevention measures  shall be  prepared  and  its  implementation               
shall be  organized by  the Ministry of Forestry and state forest               
authorities and  national parks which are under its jurisdiction,               
together with  town (regional)  municipalities. Forest  managers,               
owners,  users   and  visitors   must  observe  the  forest  fire               
prevention regulations.  These regulations  shall be  approved by               
the Government of the Republic of Lithuania.                                    
     State forest  authorities and  national  parks  as  well  as               
municipalities shall  allocate funds for the uniform state system               
of fire  prevention monitoring  and  fire  extinguishing  in  all               
forest estates.  Forest managers  and owners shall implement fire               
preventive measures  (establish fire  prevention-belts  and  fire               
camps, clean forest from slash and other) with their funds.                     
     In  the   cases  of   natural  calamities  in  forests,  the               
Government of  the Republic  of  Lithuania  or  the  Ministry  of               
Forestry authorized  by it  shall have  the  right  to  introduce               
specific measures of protection and elimination of the results of               
natural calamities  which shall  be  obligatory  for  all  forest               
managers, owners and users.                                                     
                                                                                
     Article 22. Forest Protection from Diseases and Pests                      
     Forest  managers,   owners  and   users  must   observe  the               
directions of  Forest sanitation  protection, inform state forest               
authorities and national parks about the centers of tree diseases               
and pests,  take away  from forest  in  fixed  time  or  properly               
protect from  pests coniferous  timber products which are left in               
forest. The  directions of  forest sanitation protection shall be               
approved by the Ministry of Forestry.                                           
     Areas  of  mass  attack  by  pests  and  diseases  shall  be               
localized and  liquidated with  the funds  of the  State,  forest               
managers, owners and the Forest Fund.                                           
                                                                                
     Article  23.   Forest  Protection  from  Damages  Caused  by               
Domestic and Wild Animals                                                       
     Pasture of  domestic animals  on the state forest land shall               
be  forbidden,  except  in  cases  defined  by  the  Ministry  of               
Forestry. Pasture  in  private  forests  shall  be  forbidden  on               
felling sites,  in natural and artificial young stands (up to the               
age of 20).                                                                     
     Density of  hunted  animals  on  forest  lands,  except  the               
specific areas  assigned for  hunting, must  be regulated so that               
the stability  of ecosystem and equilibrium between the number of               
animals and  fodder supply  in the  forest are  guaranteed. While               
regulating  the   number  of   animals  in  forest,  the  Law  on               
Environmental Protection and other laws shall be observed.                      
                                                                                
     Article 24. Forest Protection from Industrial Pollution                    
     Forest managers,  owners and users shall inform state forest               
authorities and  national parks  about the  impact of  industrial               
pollution on  forests. The  Law on Environmental Protection shall               
regulate the  allowable intensity  of pollution  and the level of               
compensation for damages done to forests.                                       
     If the  polluters  are  established,  dead  off  or  damaged               
forests must  be regenerated with the funds of  the polluters, in               
other cases  - with the funds of the State, special funds, forest               
managers and owners.                                                            
                                                                                
                 6. RESPONSIBILITY FOR VIOLATION                                
                       OF THE FORESTRY LAW                                      
                                                                                
     Article 25. Responsibility                                                 
     Natural and legal persons who have violated the requirements               
of the  Forestry Law, shall be called to account in the procedure               
established by laws of the Republic of Lithuania.                               
                                                                                
     Article 26.  Compensation  for  Damages  Caused  by  Illegal               
Actions                                                                         
     Natural and  legal persons  who have made damages to forest,               
property or  interests of forest managers, owners and users, must               
completely  compensate   for  them   or,  if   there  is  such  a               
possibility, to  recover the  former  state.  The  procedure  for               
calculation  of   losses  shall   be  established   by  laws  and               
subordinate legislation.                                                        
     Timber which has been acquired through violation of this Law               
shall be  confiscated in  favor of the State or the forest owner.               
The amount  of losses  shall be recovered in favor of the damaged               
party. Recovering  amounts for  suffered losses  in state forests               
shall be transferred to the Forest Fund.                                        
     The following  shall have  the right  to lodge  a claim  for               
damages caused by illegal actions:                                              
     1) forest  managers, owners and users whose forest, property               
or interests have suffered damage; and                                          
     2) institutions  and their  officials who  exercise  control               
over forest  utilization, regeneration  and  protection    -  for               
violations of this Law.                                                         
                                                                                
                 7. COMING INTO FORCE OF THE LAW                                
                                                                                
     Article 27. Coming into Force of the Law                                   
     This law comes into force on 1 January 1995.                               
     Upon coming  into force  of the Forestry Law of the Republic               
of Lithuania,  the Forestry  Code of  the Republic  of  Lithuania               
(řin., 1979, No.19-241) shall become invalid.                                   
                                                                                
                                                                                
I promulgate  this Law  enacted by  the Seimas of the Republic of               
Lithuania.                                                                      
                                                                                
                                                                                
                                                                                
PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC          ALGIRDAS BRAZAUSKAS