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Tillamook Forest Center will close Tuesdays this summer - 03/23/17

Oregon Department of Forestry's Tillamook Forest Center will change its hours and days of operation for the upcoming summer season from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Summer hours of operation for ODF's popular forest education center will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Monday, closed on Tuesdays. Admission and most programs are offered free of charge to the public.
The move to close on Tuesdays during the peak season represents a reduction in the Center's normal summer schedule from seven to six days per week. The Tuesday closure will affect interactive exhibit spaces, facility access, public programs and tours offered at the Tillamook Forest Center, located one hour from Portland in the heart of Tillamook State Forest.

"We are working hard to achieve our mission of providing forest education and interpretation, and hope to minimize disruptions to services we provide 60,000 visitors each year," said TFC Director Fran McReynolds. Tuesday, she notes, is typically the least busy day of the week.

Fall and spring hours will remain unchanged, with free public access to the center beginning annually on the first Wednesday in March, open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Address: 45500 Wilson River Highway, Tillamook, Oregon 97141. The Tillamook Forest Center is closed December to February.

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Public hearing on revised forest fire prevention rules will be held April 17 in Salem - 03/21/17

News Release

Release date: March 17, 2017

Contacts:
Tom Fields, Fire Prevention Coordinator, Salem, 503-945-7440, tom.fields@oregon.gov
Jim Gersbach, Public Affairs Specialist, Salem, 503-945-7425, jim.gersbach@oregon.gov


(SALEM) -- The Oregon Department of Forestry will hold a public hearing on proposed revisions to fire prevention rules for industrial (logging and other commercial) operations on forestlands. The hearing will be held at 6 p.m. on April 17 at ODF headquarters in Salem at the following address:
Tillamook Room, Building C
2600 State Street
Salem, OR 97310

The proposed revisions clarify existing language and include changes to water supply and delivery, firewatch services and fire tools and extinguishers. Proposed updates will increase fire prevention and preparedness requirements in some areas while reducing requirements in others to account for changes in technology and logging practices. The updates come after a two year examination of the rules by a committee comprised of forest landowners and operators, affiliated organizations and ODF staff.

The public is welcome to attend. The hearing location is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the hearing. ODF invites public comment on whether other options should be considered for achieving the rule's substantive goals while reducing the negative economic impact of the rule on business. For more information about attending the hearing or to submit written comments, please contact Sabrina Perez at Sabrina.perez@Oregon.gov. Comments must be received by 5 p.m. on April 19.
They can also be mailed to:
Sabrina Perez, Rules Coordinator
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State Street
Salem, OR 97310

The proposed administrative rulemaking package is available for review at the State Forester's office, 2600 State Street in Salem or on the ODF website at
www.oregon.gov/ODF/AboutODF/Pages/ProposedLawsRules.aspx.

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Forestry department invites public comment on forest management activities - 03/20/17

News Release

Release date: March 20, 2017

Contact: Sherron Lumley, Public Affairs Specialist, Salem, 503-945-7427

SALEM, Ore.--Each year the Oregon Department of Forestry invites public comment on work plans, called Annual Operations Plans (AOPs), outlining state forest activities for an upcoming fiscal year. Starting today, through 5 p.m. on May 4, public comments are invited for ODF's district activities for the 2018 fiscal year, which starts on July 1, 2017, and ends on June 30, 2018.

These plans describe specific activities such as timber sales, reforestation, road building, stream enhancement and recreation projects that accomplish the current Implementation Plan objectives. These objectives are designed to reach the goals of long-term Forest Management Plans. Two districts have also noted Forest Land Management Classification changes within their draft AOPs that are open to public comment from March 20 to May 4, 2017.
Public comment details:

The draft annual operations plans are available for review online on ODF's State Forests Management page: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Working/Pages/StateForests.aspx. After the comment period closes, each district will review comments and finalize draft AOPs for the district forester to review and approve.

* An online survey is provided for conveniently submitting comments regarding the Annual Operations Plans: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TFHH8TK
* To comment on the Forest Land Management Classification changes for Tillamook and/or Forest Grove: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TNDVZDN
* Online comments are also received through ODF's comment page: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/AboutODF/Pages/Comment.aspx
* Comments may also be mailed to: ODF Public Affairs, 2600 State St., Salem, OR 97310.

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Western Lane Implementation Plan and Forest Land Management Classification changes open for comment - 03/20/17

NOTE: This news release has been revised to include the actual web page addresses within the body of the text

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News Release

Release date: March 20, 2017

Contact: Sherron Lumley, Public Affairs Specialist, Salem, 503-945-7427


SALEM, Ore.--The Oregon Department of Forestry invites public comment on proposed revisions to its Western Lane District Implementation Plan and Forest Land Management Classification changes. The public comment period is open for 30 days from March 20 to April 18.

The district's Implementation Plan describes management activities, such as timber harvesting, roads and reforestation that will occur over a 10-year period. The plan provides the objectives for the district's annual operations plans, while aligning with the goals and strategies found in the long-term Northwest Oregon State Forests Management Plan.

The Western Lane Implementation Plan revision includes Forest Land Management Classification changes, which describe the management emphasis for parcels of land. The classifications vary from general stewardship to focused stewardship, special use and high-value conservation areas.

Public comment details:

* Draft of the Western Lane District Implementation Plan revision: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Documents/AboutODF/2017DraftIPWesternLaneDistrict.pdf
* Western Lane District Implementation Plan public comment survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TFNDRTY
* Comments may also be sent via http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/AboutODF/Pages/Comment.aspx
* Comments may be mailed to ODF Public Affairs, 2600 State St., Salem, OR 97310

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Wayne Stone of Sandy, Ore., holds the plaque naming him and his company, Wayne Stone Logging, as Operator of the Year for the Northern Oregon Area. The plaque was bestowed by the Oregon Board of Forestry recently in Salem. At right is Tom Imeson, chair of
Wayne Stone of Sandy, Ore., holds the plaque naming him and his company, Wayne Stone Logging, as Operator of the Year for the Northern Oregon Area. The plaque was bestowed by the Oregon Board of Forestry recently in Salem. At right is Tom Imeson, chair of
Sandy logging firm is named Operator of the Year for northwest Oregon by the state Board of Forestry (Photo) - 03/20/17

NEWS RELEASE

Release date: March 17, 2017

Contact:
Jim Gersbach, public affairs specialist, 503-945-7425, jim.gersbach@oregon.gov

(SALEM) -- On March 8, the Oregon Board of Forestry recognized Wayne Stone Logging of Sandy as the Operator of the Year for northwest Oregon. The award was given at the board's regularly scheduled meeting.

The award recognizes logging operators who consistently perform above the minimum standards set forth in Oregon's Forest Practices Act for protecting natural resources. Operators are judged on how well they protect soil, water, wildlife habitat and scenic corridors among other natural resources, especially in difficult terrain or challenging circumstances. Wayne Stone Logging was honored for its work to protect water quality during a difficult downhill harvest south of Brightwood and extra efforts it took to prevent fires. Video of the harvest can be seen at https://youtu.be/81WgwqJ8fSA.

Tracy Brostrom, a wildlands fire supervisor with the Oregon Department of Forestry, nominated Wayne Stone for the award. Brostrom, who has more than 30 years of experience in logging, says the area to be logged was steep, making it too expensive to build access roads. Because of the relatively small volume of timber, helicopter logging was also uneconomical.

"Wayne Stone met the challenge by putting up a 100-foot tall tower and hauling the logs aerially up and over a ridge along more than 3,000 feet of cable," says Brostrom. "This was an awesome feat. It made building a road unnecessary and minimized impacts to forest soil, as well as saving the landowner money."

Andrew White, director for the Oregon Department of Forestry's Northwest Oregon Area, says, "The ingenuity and extra effort of Wayne Stone Logging provided a unique example of how to achieve objectives for both resource protection and financial returns on a very difficult operation."

Wayne Stone Logging is widely respected in the industry, having been recognized as Operator of the Year by Associated Oregon Loggers at their 2015 convention. The firm participates in the Oregon Professional Logger program, which trains its crews to fully meet or even exceed requirements of the Oregon Forest Practices Act.

The Forest Practices Act has governed logging and forest management to protect natural resources in Oregon. Enacted in 1971, the Act is overseen by the Oregon Board of Forestry and administered by the Oregon Department of Forestry. Each year, a logging operator who consistently goes "above and beyond" basic requirements is recognized by the board in each of three regions in Oregon -- the northwest, southwest and lands east of the Cascades.

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Cameron Newell of B & C Logging holds the Oregon Board of Forestry plaque naming his company as Operator of the Year for the Eastern Oregon Area. He is flanked by his family and State Forester Peter Daugherty (far left), Board of Forestry Chair Thomas Ime
Cameron Newell of B & C Logging holds the Oregon Board of Forestry plaque naming his company as Operator of the Year for the Eastern Oregon Area. He is flanked by his family and State Forester Peter Daugherty (far left), Board of Forestry Chair Thomas Ime
Baker County logger is named Operator of the Year for eastern Oregon by the Department of Forestry (Photo) - 03/16/17

NEWS RELEASE

Release date: March 16, 2017

Contact:
Logan McCrae, Unit Forester, LaGrande/Baker, 541-963-3168, logan.mccrae@oregon.gov
Jim Gersbach, public affairs specialist, 503-945-7425, jim.gersbach@oregon.gov


(SALEM) -- On March 8, the Oregon Board of Forestry recognized Cameron Newell and his crew at B & C Logging of Baker City as Operator of the Year for eastern Oregon. The award was presented at the board's regularly scheduled meeting.

The award recognizes logging operators who consistently perform above the minimum standards set forth in Oregon's Forest Practices Act for protecting natural resources. Operators are judged on how well they protect soil, water, wildlife habitat and scenic corridors among other natural resources, especially in difficult terrain or challenging circumstances.

B & C Logging was cited for the care it took in salvage logging several small private forest parcels in the wake of one of Oregon's largest wildfires in 2015 - the Cornet-Windy Ridge Fire, which burned more than 100,000 acres in eastern Oregon. See the video at https://youtu.be/LSB7z-_-dUc

Logan McCrae, LaGrande/Baker Unit Forester with the Oregon Department of Forestry, nominated B & C Logging for the special honor. McCrae cites the care the company took in felling burned snags while avoiding damage to buildings, fences and powerlines. "Cameron really helped the landowners by removing those potential hazards and leaving the area ready to be revegetated," says McCrae.

The Forest Practices Act governs logging and forest management to protect natural resources in Oregon. Enacted in 1971, the Act is overseen by the Oregon Board of Forestry and administered by the Oregon Department of Forestry. Each year a logging operator who consistently goes "above and beyond" basic requirements is recognized by the board in each of three regions in Oregon -- the southwest, northwest and lands east of the Cascades.

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Douglas County logger is named Operator of the Year for southern Oregon by the state Board of Forestry (Photo) - 03/16/17

NEWS RELEASE

Release date: March 16, 2017

Contact:
Jay Morey, Stewardship Forester, Roseburg District Office, jay.c.morey@oregon.gov
Jim Gersbach, public affairs specialist, 503-945-7425, jim.gersbach@oregon.gov


(SALEM) -- On March 8, the Oregon Board of Forestry recognized Plikat Logging of Camas Valley, owned by Wally Plikat, as the Operator of the Year for southern Oregon. The award was given at the board's regularly scheduled meeting.

The award recognizes logging operators who consistently perform above the minimum standards set forth in Oregon's Forest Practices Act for protecting natural resources. Operators are judged on how well they protect soil, water, wildlife habitat and scenic corridors among other natural resources, especially in difficult terrain or challenging circumstances.

An example of the lengths to which Plikat goes to protect water quality as mandated in the Forest Practices Act is the company's success logging a 63-acre stand of trees on a steep hillside above a fish-bearing stream near Elkton in Douglas County. According to Department of Forestry Stewardship Forester Jay Morey, Plikat loggers had to set up steel cables a distance of more than 2,000 feet across the stream and its protective buffer of trees in order to ferry logs to waiting trucks.

"Due to the careful way they hauled the logs across that distance, the buffer zone was not damaged during the logging and haul out of felled timber," says Morey.

Chris Arnold of Lone Rock Timber Management nominated Plikat Logging for the Operator of the Year honor. "They can always be counted on to do an outstanding job. Wally and his son, Jeff, take pride in the work they do and put in the extra time to do it right," says Arnold.

For example, Arnold says Plikat often stops work during heavy rainfalls in order to minimize potential rutting and water quality issues.

Plikat Logging has been in business since 1981, employing over 80 people and participating in the community through donations and their support of local sports teams and events such as Fourth of July celebrations.

The Forest Practices Act governs logging and forest management to protect natural resources in Oregon. Enacted in 1971, the Act is overseen by the Oregon Board of Forestry and administered by the Oregon Department of Forestry. Each year a logging operator who consistently goes "above and beyond" basic requirements is recognized by the board in each of three regions in Oregon -- the southwest, northwest and lands east of the Cascades.

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Family Forestland committee meets on March 14 - 03/08/17

News Release

Release date: March 8, 2017

Contact:
Kyle Abraham, Deputy Chief, Private Forests Division, Salem, 503-945-7473
Jim Gersbach, Public Affairs Specialist, Salem, 503-945-7425


(SALEM) At a March 14 meeting in Salem, the Committee on Family Forestlands will receive updates on topics ranging from forestry-related legislation before the Oregon Legislature to electronic notification for timber harvests and the federal forest restoration program. Oregon Department of Forestry staff and some from federal agencies will make presentations to the committee. Other topics include:
* fiscal impact of regulations to protect bald eagles
* forest treatments in ODF's Klamath-Lake district
* incentives for forest landowners to improve their stands

The committee will meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Dye Room of the Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill St. SE in Salem.

The 13-member Committee for Family Forestlands researches policies that affect family forestland viability, natural resource protection and forestry benefits. Based on its findings, the committee recommends actions to the Oregon Board of Forestry and State Forester. You can find more information at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/CFF.aspx.

The public is welcome to attend the meeting. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting. For more information about attending the meeting please contact Susan Dominique at 503-945-7502.

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Nicolai Mainline is reopen to public traffic - 03/08/17

News Release
Release date: March 7, 2017
Contact:
John Tillotson, Sunset Unit Forester, Astoria District Office, 503-325-5451
Jim Gersbach, Public Affairs Specialist, Salem, 503-945-7425

Nicolai Mainline is reopen to public traffic

(ASTORIA) -- The Oregon Department of Forestry has reopened Nicolai Mainline to through traffic.

The Nicolai Mainline has been closed for the past month to facilitate logging operations. While the road is again open to the general public, there may still be delays while logs are loaded. Travelers should expect to encounter logging traffic on the road and be aware that snow might prevent travel beyond the logging operation.

For more information call the agency's Astoria District Office at 503-325-5451.

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Advisory Committee to receive summary of public comments on rule changes to protect streams - 03/06/17

News Release

Release date: March 6, 2017

Contact:
Kyle Abraham, deputy chief, Private Forests, kyle.abraham@oregon.gov, 503-945-7473
Jim Gersbach, public information specialist, Public Affairs, jim.gersbach@oregon.gov, 503-945-7425


(SALEM) An advisory committee to the Oregon Department of Forestry will hear at a public meeting in Salem on March 13 from 9 a.m. to noon a summary of hundreds of comments on proposed policy recommendations and clarifications to proposed rules governing buffers that protect certain streams during logging operations.

The Riparian Rules Advisory Committee (RRAC) will also consider clarifications regarding the proposed rules raised by the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) and get an update on mapping of which watercourses are affected by the rules.

For questions about accessibility, special accommodations or other information about attending this meeting, please call Susan Dominique at (503) 945-7502.

About riparian rules
Last year, the Board of Forestry voted to begin a public process on proposed rule language to ensure that after timber harvesting, water temperatures would not violate state standards in streams west of the Cascade Mountains if they support salmon, steelhead, or bull trout. The Board then asked the Department of Forestry to form an advisory committee to make specific recommendations to clarify technical questions and policy issues related to the proposed rules. Those rules will affect logging on small and medium streams in western Oregon apart from the Siskiyou area. (A separate streamside protection review is currently underway for the Siskiyou area and eastern Oregon).

Over the past three months, ODF has held nine public meetings on this topic throughout western Oregon -- many more than required. More than 500 comments were received.

According to Private Forests Division Chief Lena Tucker, RRAC's proposed recommendations should help reduce or eliminate gaps in tree canopy along streams. The rules would do this by widening riparian management areas (RMAs), requiring more trees to be retained after harvest, and structuring rules so they favor well distributed trees that remain after harvest to provide shade and habitat for wildlife.

The Board of Forestry will consider ODF recommendations later this spring. If accepted, they would go into effect for some harvest operations where plans are submitted on or after July 1, 2017. More information about the rules can be found on ODF's public website at www.oregon.gov/ODF
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Committee to take a second look at certain forestland classifications at a meeting later this month in Astoria - 03/06/17

News Release

Release date: March 3, 2017

Contacts:
Dan Goody, District Forester, Astoria, 503-325-5451, dan.b.goody@oregon.gov
Neal Bond, Protection Unit Forester, Astoria, 503-325-5451, neal.bond@oregon.gov
Jim Gersbach, Public Affairs Specialist, Salem, 503-945-7425, jim.gersbach@oregon.gov


(ASTORIA) The Clatsop County Forestland Classification Committee will hold a public meeting later this month in Astoria to take a second look at three specific areas that the committee had classified as forestland last year, which include limited portions of the Seaside, Warrenton, and Lewis & Clark areas. The committee will either confirm that a particular parcel was appropriately classified as forestland or remove that parcel from the classification. The committee will not reconsider the classification of any property it had previously removed as forestland.

The committee plans to hold the meeting on a date between late March and the end of April to be scheduled soon. The location will be at the Astoria District Office of the Oregon Department of Forestry, 92219 Highway 202, Astoria, 97103.

The Clatsop County Assessor's Office informed ODF that, due to the volume of properties that must be processed, some landowners in parts of the county may not receive a fire protection assessment with their property tax mailing this fall. Payment of the 2017 assessment will be waived for such landowners. By 2018, all owners of forestland classified by the committee in Clatsop County should be receiving assessments.

About wildland fire protection
ODF provides wildland fire protection services to specific lands in Clatsop County, funded by a Forest Patrol Assessment on protected lands.

Classifying which lands require wildland fire protection services from ODF occurs at the county level through the Forestland Classification Committee. The committee examined all lands within the county, to determine which lands met the definition of "Forestland" according to:
* fire risk potential
* vegetation type (fire fuel)
* community structure
* proximity to other forestland

The committee removed 606 property owners in Clatsop County from forestland and added 2,283 property owners.

Classification as forestland is required for lands to be assessed for the cost of wildland fire protection. Ensuring land classification is up to date helps ensure an equitable distribution of fire protection costs among landowners whose land is protected.


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Oregon Department of Forestry seeks public input for Northrup Creek Campground reservation system - 03/03/17

News Release

Release date: March 3, 2017
Contacts: Sherron Lumley, Public Affairs Specialist, Salem, 503-945-7427
Ty Williams, Assistant District Forester, Astoria District, 503-325-5451


During the 2017 recreation season the Astoria District of the Oregon Department of Forestry is considering shifting Northrup Creek Campground to a reservation system and special use permit process. This will allow ODF to keep the site and trails open for the full regular season with reduced staffing, while providing many benefits to multiple user groups. ODF requests public comment to help refine the plan or develop other options that would achieve the same objectives.

The Astoria District's Annual Operating Plan Summary Document outlines the plan and will be available for public comment from March 20 to May 4. ODF is required to adjust service levels statewide according to funds available in its annual budget.

Northrup Creek Horse Camp was identified as a safe and suitable location for a reservation system and reduced staffing due to consistently light use compared to similar-sized campgrounds. During June through September of 2015 and 2016, the campground was used an average of 21 percent of the available time. Volunteer hours, which aid in maintenance at this campground, average less than 35 hours annually.

Benefits of the Plan:
* The reservation system will allow horse campers to know in advance that they have a campsite.
* This will also allow campers to invite others to share the cost.
* The season for camping at Northrup will continue to be one weekend prior to Memorial Day through the month of November.
* The nine-mile trail system will remain open.
* ODF will be able to focus staff time at Northrup Creek Horse Camp when it is being used.
* Protecting the site, preventing vandalism, and eliminating over-stays will be a focus.

Details of the Plan:
* Reservations will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis for approved permit requests.
* There is a minimum two-night charge for use of the Northrup Creek Horse Camp.
* Fee Schedule: $175/night with a minimum two-night charge and a $100 refundable deposit that is to be submitted with the Special Use Permit form. Refund of the deposit is available after ODF Staff perform post-use inspection and ensure no damage has been done to the property.

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