Deadhead Logging - Frequently Asked Questions
What does a permit cover?
- An issued permit allows recovery and removal of pre-cut
submerged timber from a contiguous 20-mile river reach on one
Are there any Waterbodies that are prohibited?
- Yes! Deadhead logging is not allowed in Aquatic Preserves,
land-locked lakes and several rivers. Logging is also restricted
by state parks or near endangered species such as gulf sturgeon
What areas are approved for deadhead logging?
- Permitted river reaches require an archeological survey as
part of the application process.
How do I apply to recover deadheads?
- You will need to submit a permit application,
Form 62-330.060(1) Complete Sections A, C and F. The permit
costs is $420.
How much will it cost for me to log?
- The 5-year Environmental Resource Permit application fee is
- The Use Agreement annual fee is $5,500.
- The required liability insurance to maintain the Use
Agreement is $200,000 per person and $300,000 per accident for
personal injury or death.
What information is required for the application process?
- GPS points for the start and stop of the river reach as well
as for the location that is going to be used to remove deadheads
from the water.
- Photos of the removal site(s) and vessel(s) that are going
to be used in the log recovery operation.
- Landing authorization from landowner for the site where logs
will be removed from the water
- Archeological survey (if required)
- Publication of Notice of Application
Will I be the only one logging in my permitted area?
- No. The State of Florida does not have an exclusionary
permit program. There may be several loggers permitted to work
in the same area of the river.
How many deadhead logs are left?
- Unfortunately there is no way of knowing how many deadhead
logs remain on the river bottoms. Numerous waterways have
already been permitted for logging operations; however, there
are still a great number of water bodies that have never been a
part of permitted logging activities.
What is considered a deadhead log?
- A Permit to retrieve Pre-cut Submerged Timber, or deadhead
logs, allows the removal of logs that were cut during the
State’s logging boom from the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s.
Most of these timbers can be recognized by the ax marks at the
end of the log. A Permit does not allow recovery of any deadfall
or naturally occurring timber that may be found in the river
What is required in addition to applying for the permit?
- Attend the Master Deadhead Logger Certification
Classroom Training - A Permittee will be required to
attend a Departmental sponsored course and receive a
Master Deadhead Logger Certification. This educational
component of the permit provides the logger with legal
and environmental knowledge regarding the conditions of
his permit. This course is held in coordination between
several sections of the Department, the Department of
State - Division of Historical Resources, and the
Division of Forestry.
- Use Agreement - Enter into an agreement with the
State through a Board of Trustees of the Internal
Improvement Trust Fund of the State of Florida –
Sovereignty Submerged Lands Use Agreement for Recovery
of Pre-cut Submerged Timber. A Use Agreement is executed
for a period of 1 year. The fee for the agreement is
$5,500. As a condition of the Use Agreement, the
permittee will be required to maintain liability
insurance in the amount of $100,000 per person and
$200,000 per accident for personal injury or death.