(1) Notwithstanding section 51105, an owner of commercial forestland that is subject to a sustainable forest conservation easement is subject to an annual specific tax equal to the annual specific tax levied under section 51105 less 15 cents per acre. The specific tax described in this section shall be administered, collected, and distributed in the same manner as the specific tax levied in section 51105.

(2) An application for sustainable forest conservation easement tax incentives described in this part shall be submitted on a form prescribed by the department. The application shall be postmarked or delivered to the department not later than April 1 to be eligible for approval for the following tax year. In addition to any information that the department may reasonably require by rule, the applicant shall provide all of the following to the department:

Terms Used In Michigan Laws 324.51201

  • Commercial forestland: means commercial forestland that is enrolled under part 511. See Michigan Laws 324.51201
  • Department: means the department of natural resources. See Michigan Laws 324.51201
  • Department of natural resources: means the principal state department created in section 501. See Michigan Laws 324.301
  • Forestland: means that term as defined in part 511. See Michigan Laws 324.51201
  • Rule: means a rule promulgated pursuant to the administrative procedures act of 1969, 1969 PA 306, MCL 24. See Michigan Laws 324.301
  • state: when applied to the different parts of the United States, shall be construed to extend to and include the District of Columbia and the several territories belonging to the United States; and the words "United States" shall be construed to include the district and territories. See Michigan Laws 8.3o
  • Sustainable forest conservation easement: means a conservation easement described in section 2140 on commercial forestland that is approved by the department and meets all of the following:

    (i) Is an easement granted in perpetuity to this state, a political subdivision of this state, or a charitable organization described in section 501(c)(3) of the internal revenue code, 26 USC 501, that also meets the requirements of section 170(h)(3) of the internal revenue code, 26 USC 170. See Michigan Laws 324.51201

(a) A nonrefundable application fee in the amount of $2.00 per acre or fraction of an acre, but not less than $200.00 and not more than $1,000.00. The department shall remit the application fee to the state treasurer for deposit into the commercial forest fund under section 51112.

(b) A copy of the conservation easement covering the forestland.

(3) The owner of commercial forestlands subject to a sustainable forest conservation easement is entitled to cut or remove forest products on his or her commercial forestlands if the owner complies with part 511 and the requirements of the sustainable forest conservation easement.

(4) If commercial forestland subject to a sustainable forest conservation easement is used in violation of this part or the sustainable forest conservation easement, the owner in addition to any other penalties provided by law shall pay a penalty, per acre, for each year in which the violation occurs equal to the difference between the specific tax paid under this part and the specific tax that would otherwise be paid under part 511. The specific tax collected under this part shall be paid to the township treasurer in which the commercial forestland is located. The penalty shall be distributed by the township treasurer in the same manner as the specific tax is distributed.

(5) As used in this part:

(a) “Commercial forestland” means commercial forestland that is enrolled under part 511.

(b) “Department” means the department of natural resources.

(c) “Forestland” means that term as defined in part 511.

(d) “Sustainable forest conservation easement” means a conservation easement described in section 2140 on commercial forestland that is approved by the department and meets all of the following:

(i) Is an easement granted in perpetuity to this state, a political subdivision of this state, or a charitable organization described in section 501(c)(3) of the internal revenue code, 26 USC 501, that also meets the requirements of section 170(h)(3) of the internal revenue code, 26 USC 170.

(ii) Covers commercial forestland of 40 or more acres in size.

(iii) Provides that the forestland subject to the conservation easement or the manager of the forestland subject to the conservation easement is and continues to be certified under a sustainable forestry certification program that uses independent third party auditors and that is recognized by the department.

(iv) Provides that the forestland subject to the conservation easement provides for the nonmotorized recreational use of the forestland by members of the public.