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What are the Oregon Forest Practice Rules?
Oregon leads the nation in setting standards
for good forestry. Back in 1971, the state legislature passed
the Oregon Forest Practices Act, so that we would always
have clean air, clean water, and fish and wildlife habitat,
along with a steady supply of timber.
Oregon was the first state to establish
forest practice rules, and our rules have been used by many
other states as a model. The rules have been upgraded many
times in response to new scientific knowledge and public
What do the rules say?
The rules also regulate the use of
chemicals, and protect habitat for bald eagles, osprey, blue
herons, and other wildlife and fish.
- Clearcuts must be replanted within
two years of harvest
- Clearcuts can be no larger than 120
- Roads must be properly designed and
built to minimize soil erosion and protect streams
- Trees and shrubs must be left along
- Some wildlife trees, snags and down
logs must be left after harvest for wildlife
- The State Forester must be notified
before most types of forest operations; written plans
may be required
- Breaking the rules can result in
The Forest Practice Rules apply to
all private lands in the state, whether owned by individuals
or large corporations. They also apply to state-owned lands,
but not to federal lands, which are regulated by the USDA
Forest Service or the BLM.
The Oregon Department of Forestry is
responsible for enforcing the rules. There are "practices"
foresters located in regional offices throughout the state.
For more information, visit the Department
of Forestry's web site.