The Rules For Cutting Trees Have Been Changed By The Oregon Board Of Forestry

At a special board meeting on Wednesday, the Oregon Board of Forestry authorised more than 100 amendments to the Forest Practices Act, according to the agency.

The mediated and ground-breaking Private Forest Accord, which brought together representatives from conservation organisations and the wood sector, was the cause of the regulatory revisions. More than 10 million acres of private and nonfederal forests in the state will be affected by the modifications as they pertain to timber harvesting.

According to Jim Kelly, chair of the Oregon Board of Forestry, “the rules we adopted are just one of many changes coming from the Private Forest Accord that will advance how Oregon protects its natural resources and responds to the climate change crisis, while also providing some stability for the communities and economies that depend on the forest products industry.” This pact “captures the cooperative and negotiating attitude we have in this state, where we look past our disagreements to find answers.”

The PFA and Forest Practices Act rule amendments, according to the Oregon Board of Forestry, are intended to give the sector long-term predictability while enhancing protection for important aquatic species.

According to Kelly, many rural communities in Oregon depend on the wood sector. This deal strikes a compromise between the need to properly maintain important forest habitats and these important social and economic factors, which is also very advantageous for Oregonians.

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The PFA writers and ODF collaborated closely to create the new guidelines, which address several important topics, including:

โ€ข Wider and newer stream buffers to save the environment in streams that are home to amphibians, bull trout, steelhead, and salmon.

โ€ข New design guidelines and specifications for inventorying, maintaining, and managing forest roads, with a focus on replacing culverts on streams that support fish populations.

โ€ข More trees will be kept on steep slopes to increase slope stability and lessen sediment that could harm fish habitat.

โ€ข Improved surveillance to assess how well rules are being followed.

โ€ข A brand-new adaptive management initiative to counsel the Board of Forestry on upcoming regulation changes.

A small forestland owner support office, tax incentives for small landowners, the beginning of the building of an aquatic species habitat conservation plan, and investments in training and outreach were all funded by recent legislation in addition to regulatory modifications.

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