Map courtesy of the Northern Coast
Range Adaptive Management Area
For example, this map shows the
patchwork pattern of ownerships in Oregon's Northern
Coast Range Adaptive Management Area.
Basically, one set of rules and
policies govern most federal lands (national forests,
Bureau of Land management, lands, national parks,
wildlife refuges) and some tribal forests. The Northwest
Forest Plan, adopted in 1994, currently emphasizes
a decrease in timber harvests and establishment of
"late-successional reserves" (these are
areas where conditions similar to old-growth forests
would be encouraged and maintained).
Other types of ownerships (state,
county, corporate, private, and some tribal forests)
are governed by the Oregon
Forest Practices Act. Oregon was the first state
to establish forest practice rules in 1971. The rules
are frequently updated as scientists make new discoveries
about how forests function.
Oregon's land use laws help conserve
forest lands and prevent them from being converted
to other uses.