(1) The department shall review and issue timber permits within the time frame specified by 77-5-212(5) and (6), MCA.
(2) Under the authority of 77-5-212, MCA, the department may issue commercial timber permits at commercial rates, and without advertising, for sales that do not exceed 500,000 board feet of timber.
(a) The department shall not be required to obtain approval from the Board of Land Commissioners to issue specific timber permits.
(b) The board shall retain administrative oversight of the timber permit program.
(c) Permits will not be subject to categorical exclusions except as stated in ARM 36.11.447.