(a) A person may not conduct timbering operations, purchase timber or buy logs for resale until he or she has obtained a license and met the requirements of this article.
(b) Exemptions.– A person who severs or removes, or hires or contracts with another to sever or remove, standing trees from his or her own land is exempted from the timbering operations licensure requirement of this section during any calendar year in which all trees severed or removed by or for this owner have an aggregate stumpage value that does not exceed $15,528. A person hired or contracted to sever or remove standing trees from the land of another is exempted from the timbering operations licensure requirement of this section during any calendar year in which all trees severed or removed by the hired or contracted person have an aggregate stumpage value that does not exceed $15,528.
(c) An applicant for a timbering operation license shall submit an application and the fee of $150 for each biennial renewal of the license. The application shall contain the following information:
(1) Name, address and telephone number of the applicant and if the applicant is a business entity other than a sole proprietor, the names and addresses of the principals, officers and resident agent of the business entity;
(2) The applicant's West Virginia business registration number or a copy of the current West Virginia business registration certificate. The Division of Forestry shall submit this information and a list of all applicants to the Tax Commissioner each month of the calendar year to ensure compliance with payment of severance, income withholding and all other applicable state taxes; and
(3) Any other information as required by the director.
(d) The director shall propose rules for legislative approval pursuant to the provisions of article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code, regarding the acquisition, suspension and revocation a license under this article. The rules are the proper subject of emergency legislative rules that may be promulgated in accordance with the provision of section fifteen, article three, section twenty-nine-a of this code.
(e) The director shall prescribe a form providing the contents and manner of posting notice at the timbering operation. The notice shall include, at a minimum, the operator's name and license number.