Link to Home page
Link to Forestry Information
Link to Watershed Information
Link to Mill Information
Link to Consumer Information
Link to Extras Page
Link to More Information

:: Home > Forests and Timber > Forest Management Plan > FAQs


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 concerns.

What do the rules say?

  • Clearcuts must be replanted within two years of harvest
  • Clearcuts can be no larger than 120 acres
  • Roads must be properly designed and built to minimize soil erosion and protect streams
  • Trees and shrubs must be left along streams
  • 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 large fines
The rules also regulate the use of chemicals, and protect habitat for bald eagles, osprey, blue herons, and other wildlife and fish.

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.