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Chapter 5 of Title 48 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.) requires that the Department of Natural Resources certify environmentally sensitive property for purposes of ad valorem taxation. Six categories of environmentally sensitive property are listed including: steep mountain slopes, wetlands, significant groundwater recharge areas, undeveloped barrier islands, habitats containing endangered or threatened species, and river corridors. These rule also are designed to complement the Department of Revenue's rules for Conservation Use Property (560-11-4). The rules of the Department of Revenue concerning requirements, maintenance of the land in its natural condition, covenants, and breach of covenants shall be applicable to lands designated as environmentally sensitive.</P> <h2><a href="/GAC/391-3-18-.02" name="391-3-18-.02" title="391-3-18-.02">Rule 391-3-18-.02 Definitions</a></h2> <P>All terms used in this paragraph shall be interpreted in accordance with the definitions as set forth in Chapter 5, of Title 48 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated.</P> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.02(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Department" means the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.02(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "FEMA" means the Federal Emergency Management Agency.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.02(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Habitat (for endangered or threatened species)" means any area verified by the Department as: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.02(c)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> actually containing naturally-occurring individuals of a species that has been listed as endangered or threatened under the Federal Endangered Species Act, as amended, and;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.02(c)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> being likely to support the continued existence of that species by providing for a significant portion of that species' biological requirements.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.02(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Natural condition" means the flora, fauna, soil, and water conditions that would develop on a specific tract of land if all human interference were to be removed. The tract of land must have been undistributed for a sufficient period of time for natural processes to dominate the tract. This period of time will vary among environments. The natural environment for specific areas are described in Georgia Geologic Survey Bulletin 114, "The Natural Environments Of Georgia." Habitats may require human management of the tract in order to maintain the conditions for which the land was deemed to be environmentally sensitive.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.02(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Owner" or "owners" means: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.02(e)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> one or more natural or naturalized citizens; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.02(e)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> an estate of which the devisees or heirs are one or more natural or naturalized citizens; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.02(e)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> a trust of which beneficiaries are one or more natural or naturalized citizens; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.02(e)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> a family owned farm corporation, the controlling interest of which is owned by one or more natural or naturalized citizens related to each other within the fourth degree of civil reckoning, an estate of which the devisees or heirs are one or more natural or naturalized citizens, or trust of which the beneficiaries are one or more natural or naturalized citizens and which family farm corporation derived 80 percent or more of its gross income from bona fide conservation uses within this state within the year immediately preceding the year in which eligibility is sought; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.02(e)5.">5.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> a bona fide nonprofit conservation organization designated under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.02(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Quadrangle map" means a 1:24,000 scale, 7.5 minute topographic map published by the U.S. Geologic Survey.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.02(g)">(g)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Qualified consultant" means any individuals or company that have been so certified by the Department of Natural Resources.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.02(h)">(h)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Registered forester" means any persons holding a valid and current registration as a Forester pursuant to O.C.G.A. Sec. <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=12-6-90&amp;title=12&amp;getbrowsepage=yes#" target="_newtab">12-6-90</a><I>et seq.</I></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.02(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Registered land surveyor" means any person holding a valid and current registration as a Land Surveyor pursuant to O.C.G.A. Sec. <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=43-15-1&amp;title=43&amp;getbrowsepage=yes#" target="_newtab">43-15-1</a><I>et seq.</I></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.02(j)">(j)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Slope" means the ratio of the difference in elevation between two points on the ground, separated by 500 feet or more, and the horizontal distance between those two points.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.02(k)">(k)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Tax map" means a map, prepared by local governments, that shows the locations of tracts of land within the jurisdiction, and the legal ownership and zoning, if any, of such tracts.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.02(l)">(l)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Wetlands" means those areas that are inundated or saturated by surface or groundwater at a frequency and duration sufficient to support, and that under normal circumstances do support, a prevalence of vegetation typically adapted for life in saturated soil conditions.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/391-3-18-.03" name="391-3-18-.03" title="391-3-18-.03">Rule 391-3-18-.03 Environmentally Sensitive Lands</a></h2> <P>The six categories of environmentally sensitive lands are the follows:</P> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.03(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Steep Mountain Slopes. Any area that: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.03(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> is shown on a quadrangle map to be higher than the following elevations (in feet): <P> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD rowspan="1" colspan="1"> <P><U>COUNTY</U></P> </TD> <TD rowspan="1" colspan="1"> <P><U>ELEV</U>.</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD rowspan="1" colspan="1"> <P> Bartow</P> </TD> <TD rowspan="1" colspan="1"> <P> 1600</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD rowspan="1" colspan="1"> <P>Chattooga</P> </TD> <TD rowspan="1" colspan="1"> <P>1580</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD rowspan="1" colspan="1"> <P>Cherokee</P> </TD> <TD rowspan="1" colspan="1"> <P>1840</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD rowspan="1" colspan="1"> <P>Cobb</P> </TD> <TD rowspan="1" colspan="1"> <P>1740</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD rowspan="1" colspan="1"> <P>Dade</P> </TD> <TD rowspan="1" colspan="1"> <P>1655</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD rowspan="1" colspan="1"> <P>Dawson</P> </TD> <TD rowspan="1" colspan="1"> <P>1980</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD rowspan="1" colspan="1"> <P>Fannin</P> </TD> <TD rowspan="1" colspan="1"> <P>2475</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD rowspan="1" colspan="1"> <P>Floyd</P> </TD> <TD rowspan="1" colspan="1"> <P>1570</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD rowspan="1" colspan="1"> <P>Forsyth</P> </TD> <TD rowspan="1" colspan="1"> <P>1900</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD rowspan="1" colspan="1"> <P>Gilmer</P> </TD> <TD rowspan="1" colspan="1"> <P>1860</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD rowspan="1" colspan="1"> <P>Gordon</P> </TD> <TD rowspan="1" colspan="1"> <P>1590</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD rowspan="1" colspan="1"> <P>Habersham</P> </TD> <TD rowspan="1" colspan="1"> <P>1760</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD rowspan="1" colspan="1"> <P>Hall</P> </TD> <TD rowspan="1" colspan="1"> <P>1800</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD rowspan="1" colspan="1"> <P>Lumpkin</P> </TD> <TD rowspan="1" colspan="1"> <P>2080</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD rowspan="1" colspan="1"> <P>Murray</P> </TD> <TD rowspan="1" colspan="1"> <P>1630</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD rowspan="1" colspan="1"> <P>Pickens</P> </TD> <TD rowspan="1" colspan="1"> <P>1860</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD rowspan="1" colspan="1"> <P>Rabuns</P> </TD> <TD rowspan="1" colspan="1"> <P>1900</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD rowspan="1" colspan="1"> <P>Towns</P> </TD> <TD rowspan="1" colspan="1"> <P>2930</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD rowspan="1" colspan="1"> <P>Unions</P> </TD> <TD rowspan="1" colspan="1"> <P>2600</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD rowspan="1" colspan="1"> <P>Walker</P> </TD> <TD rowspan="1" colspan="1"> <P>1655</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD rowspan="1" colspan="1"> <P>White</P> </TD> <TD rowspan="1" colspan="1"> <P>2100</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD rowspan="1" colspan="1"> <P>Whitfield</P> </TD> <TD rowspan="1" colspan="1"> <P>1630</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> </P> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.03(a)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> has a slope exceeding 25%; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.03(a)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> meets the definitions of "natural conditions" (as defined in <a title="391-3-18-.02" href="391-3-18-.02">391-3-18-.02</a> (d) ) shall be considered to be a steep mountain slope for the purposes of this legislation. Steep mountains slopes shall include the crests, summits, and ridge tops which lie at elevations higher than those of adjacent steep mountains slopes (even though the crest, summits, and ridge tops may have a slope of less than 25%), provided that such crests, summits, and ridge tops are in a natural conditions as defined in <a title="391-3-18-.02" href="391-3-18-.02">391-3-18-.02</a> (d).</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.03(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Wetlands.</B> Any area delineated as a wetlands by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers under their jurisdiction, pursuant to Section 404 of the federal Clean Water Act, as amended; or any area shown on a 1:24,000 scale, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wetland Inventory Map as being a wetland; or any area shown on a 1:24,000 scale, Georgia Department of Natural Resources Landcover Database maps as being a wetlands; that meets the definition of a wetland (as defined in <a title="391-3-19-.02" href="391-3-19-.02">391-3-19-.02</a> (1) ); and meets the definition of "natural conditions" (as defined in <a title="391-3-18-.02" href="391-3-18-.02">391-3-18-.02</a> (d) ) shall be considered to be a wetland for the purpose of this legislation.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.03(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Significant Ground-water Recharge Areas.</B> Any area shown on the most recent edition of Georgia Geologic Survey Hydrologic Atlas 18 to be a significant ground-water recharge area, and that meets the definition of "natural conditions" (as defined in <a title="391-3-18-.02" href="391-3-18-.02">391-3-18-.02</a> (d) ) shall be treated as a significant ground-water recharge area for the purpose of this legislation.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.03(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Underdeveloped Barrier Islands.</B> Any area identified in the U.S. Department of Interior's Report to Congress: Coastal Barrier Resources System", Volume 13, Georgia, and meets the definition of "natural conditions" (as defined in <a title="391-3-18-.02" href="391-3-18-.02">391-3-18-.02</a> (d) ) shall be treated as an undeveloped barrier island for the purposes of this legislation.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.03(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Habitats for Endangered or Threatened Species.</B> Any area that meets the definition of a "habitat" for endangered or threatened species (as defined in <a title="391-3-18-.02" href="391-3-18-.02">391-3-18-.02</a> (c) ) and meets the definition of "natural conditions" (as defined <a title="391-3-18-.02" href="391-3-18-.02">391-3-18-.02</a> (d) ) shall be treated as a habitat for endangered and threatened species for the purposes of this legislation.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.03(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>River Corridors.</B> Any areas, proximal and perennial streams, shown on a published FEMA flood insurance map to be in the 100-year floodplain and that meet the definition of "natural conditions" (as defined in <a title="391-3-18-.02" href="391-3-18-.02">391-3-18-.02</a> (d) ) shall be treated as a river corridors for the purpose of this legislation.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/391-3-18-.04" name="391-3-18-.04" title="391-3-18-.04">Rule 391-3-18-.04 Procedures</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Steep Mountain Slopes. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(1)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Owners complete requesting certification that a tract of land is a steep mountain slope must submit: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(1)(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> a completed application form provided by the Department;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(1)(a)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> a quadrangle map on which the tract of land proposed for certification has been plotted by a registered land surveyor;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(1)(a)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> a report prepared by a registered land surveyor giving the slopes and elevation as measured for the tract of land and assessing its character as a steep mountain slope (as defined in <a title="391-3-18-.03" href="391-3-18-.03">391-3-18-.03</a> (a) ).</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(1)(a)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> a report by a qualified consultant describing the environment of the tract of land, and certifying that the tract is in a natural condition for the area (as defined in <a title="391-3-18-.02" href="391-3-18-.02">391-3-18-.02</a> (d) ).</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(1)(a)5.">5.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> a copy of a county tax map that shows the tract of land and delineates the section of the tract that qualifies as steep mountain slope, plotted by a registered land surveyor.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(1)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Department may field verify the application. Only those areas will be field verified for which the Department has received complete application materials (as listed <a title="391-3-18-.04" href="391-3-18-.04">391-3-18-.04</a> (1)(a) ).</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(1)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Upon receipt of all application materials, and if the tract of land meets the qualifications as a steep mountain slope based upon the application materials and the Department's field verification, if any, the Department will certify the tract of land as being environmentally sensitive and will provide written certification to the legal owner.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Wetlands. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(2)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Owner requesting certification that a tract of land is a wetland area must submit: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(2)(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> completed application form provided by the Department;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(2)(a)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> either: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(2)(a)2.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> a map verified and currently validated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers showing wetlands areas, using the most recent Federal Manual for Identifying and Delineating Jurisdiction Wetlands. The trace of land proposed for the certification must be plotted on this map by a registered land surveyor; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(2)(a)2.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> a 1:24,000 scale, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wetland Inventory Map. The tract of land proposed for certification must be plotted on this map by a registered land surveyor; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(2)(a)2.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> a copy of a 1:24,000 scale, Georgia Department of Natural Resources Landcover Database map. The tract of land proposed for certification must be plotted on this map by a registered land surveyor;</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(2)(a)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> a report by a qualified consultant describing the environment of the tract of land, and certifying that the tract is in a natural condition for the area (as defined in <a title="391-3-18-.02" href="391-3-18-.02">391-3-18-.02</a> (d) );</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(2)(a)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> a copy of a county tax map that shows the tract of land and delineates the section of the tract that qualifies as a wetland, plotted by a registered land surveyor.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(2)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Department may field verify the application. Only those areas will be field verified for which the Department has received complete application materials (as listed in <a title="391-3-18-.04" href="391-3-18-.04">391-3-18-.04</a> (2)(a) ).</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(2)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Upon receipt of all application materials, and if the tract of land meets the qualification as a wetland based upon the application materials and the Department will certify the tract of a land as being environmentally sensitive and will provide written certification to the legal owner.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Significant Ground-Water Recharge Areas. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(3)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Owners requesting certification that a tract of land is a significant ground-water recharge area must submit: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(3)(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> a complete application form provided by the Department;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(3)(a)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> a quadrangle map on which the tract of land proposed for certification has been plotted by a registered land surveyor. This map must also show significant ground-water recharge area as delineated in Hydrologic Atlas 18 (unless a more recent or larger scale map is available from the Department);</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(3)(a)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> a report by a qualified consultant describing the environment of the tract of land, and certifying that the tract is in a natural condition for the area (as defined in <a title="391-3-18-.02" href="391-3-18-.02">391-3-18-.02</a> (d) );</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(3)(a)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> a copy of a county tax map that shows the tract of land and delineates the section of the tract that qualified as a significant ground-water recharge area, plotted by a registered land surveyor.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(3)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Department may field verify the application. Only those areas will be field verified for which the Department has received complete application materials (as listed in <a title="391-3-18-.04" href="391-3-18-.04">391-3-18-.04</a> (3)(a) ).</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(3)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Upon receipt of all application materials, and if the tract of land meets the qualification as a significant ground-water recharge area based upon the application materials and the Department's field verification, if any, the Department will provide written certification to the legal owner.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Undeveloped Barrier Islands. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(4)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Owner requesting certification that a tract of land is an undeveloped barrier islands must submit: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(4)(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> a completed application form provided by the Department;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(4)(a)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> a quadrangle map on which the tract of land proposed for certification has been plotted by a registered land surveyor. This map must also show land include in the Coastal Barrier Resources System as delineated in the U.S. Department of Interior's "Report Congress: Coastal Barrier Resources Systems", volume 13, Georgia or as defined in any amendments to the federal Coastal Barrier Resources Act.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(4)(a)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> a report by a qualified consultant describing the environment of the tract of land, and certifying that the tract is in natural condition for the area (as defined in <a title="391-3-18-.02" href="391-3-18-.02">391-3-18-.02</a> (d) );</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(4)(a)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> a copy of a county tax map that shows the tract of land and delineates the section of the tract that qualifies as an undeveloped barrier islands, plotted by a registered land surveyor.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(4)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Department may field verify the application. Only those areas will be field verified for which the Department has received complete application materials (as listed in <a title="391-3-18-.04" href="391-3-18-.04">391-3-18-.04</a> (4)(a) ).</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(4)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Upon receipt of all application materials, and if the tract of land meets the qualification as an undeveloped barrier island based upon the application materials and the Department field verification, if any, the Department will certify the tract of land as being environmentally sensitive and will provide written certification to the legal owner.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(5)">(5)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Endangered or Threatened Species. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(5)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Owner requesting certification of habitat for federally-protected species must submit: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(5)(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> a complete application form provided by the Department; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(5)(a)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> a report by a qualified consultant written according to guidelines provided by the Department. These guideline will specify the habitat components necessary to satisfy a significant portions of a species biological requirements on a species by species basis.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(5)(a)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> a report by a qualified consultant describing the environment of the tract of land, and certifying that the tract is in a natural condition for the area (as defined in <a title="391-3-18-.02" href="391-3-18-.02">391-3-18-.02</a> (d) );</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(5)(a)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> a copy of a county tax map that shows the tract of land and delineates the section of the tract that qualified as habitat for endangered or threatened species, plotted by a registered land surveyor.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(5)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Department mat field verify the application. Only those areas will be verified for which the Department has received complete application materials (as listed in <a title="391-3-18-.04" href="391-3-18-.04">391-3-18-.04</a> (5)(a) ) and on which a qualified consultant has documented the presence of a federally-protected species. As required by the Federal Endangered Species Act, under absolutely no circumstances are actual specimens to be collected, distributed or harmed or submitted to the Department.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(5)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Upon receipt of all application materials, and if the tract of land meets the qualification as a habitat for federally-protected species based upon the application materials and the Department field verification, if any, the Department will certify the tract of land as being environmentally sensitive.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(6)">(6)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> River Corridors. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(6)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Owners requesting certification that a tract of land is a river corridor must submit: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(6)(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> complete application form provided by the Department;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(6)(a)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> a quadrangle map on which the tract of land proposed for certification has been plotted by a registered land surveyor. This map must also show areas delineated on published FEMA flood insurance maps to be in a 100-year floodplain;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(6)(a)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> a report by a qualified consultant describing the environment of the tract of land, and certifying that the tract is in a natural condition for the area (as defined in <a title="391-3-18-.02" href="391-3-18-.02">391-3-18-.02</a> (d) );</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(6)(a)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> a copy of a county tax map that shows the tract of land and delineates the section of the tract that qualifies as a river corridors, plotted by a registered land surveyor.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(6)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Department may field verify the application. Only those areas will be field verified for which the Department has received complete application materials (as listed in <a title="391-3-18-.04" href="391-3-18-.04">391-3-18-.04</a> (06)(a) ).</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(6)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Upon receipt of all application materials, and if the tract of land meets the qualifications as a river corridors based upon the application materials and the Department's field verification, if any, the Department will certify the tract of land as being environmentally sensitive and will provide written certification to the legal owner.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(7)">(7)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Overlapping Areas.</B> On any tract of land that contains more than one category of environmentally sensitive land, a map must be prepared jointly by a registered land surveyor and a qualified consultants showing the areas of overlap of the individuals categories of environmentally sensitive land. These multiple categories and any zones of overlap should be plotted on a county tax map.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(8)">(8)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Land Surveyor's Seal.</B> Any report prepared by a registered land surveyor for the purpose of qualifying an area of land as environmentally sensitive, must bear the land surveyor's seal and, if applicable, a statement that the area are approximately and that the information provided is not prepared from an on-the-ground survey and may not be used for sale, conveyance or recording. An on-the-ground survey is not required for certification.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(9)">(9)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Certification of Qualified Consultants. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(9)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Department of Natural Resources will certify consultants and maintain a list of consultant qualified to submit reports describing the environment of a tract of land, or the endangered and the threatened species on a tract of land being considered for status as environmentally sensitive property. In order for a consultant to be a certified, the consultant must submit to the Department a resume presenting their technical training and experience, and any relevant support material (such as college transcripts, reports, or publications). All material including resumes and transcripts submitted for certification will be open for public inspection. Minimum requirements for certification by the Department as a qualified consultant are: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(9)(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> either: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(9)(a)1.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A B.A. or B.S. degree in biology, botany, zoology, forestry or other relevant field; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(9)(a)1.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> a minimum of to year relevant experience.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(9)(a)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> or: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(9)(a)2.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> an MS. or Ph.D degree in biology, botany, zoology, forestry or other relevant field; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(9)(a)2.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> a minimum of one year relevant experience.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(9)(a)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> or be a registered forester.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="391-3-18-.04(9)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Upon exhibiting a pattern of incompetency, false reports, or failure to be supported by the Department verification, Departmental certification can be revoked and the consultant's name removed from the list of qualified consultants. 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