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As a woodland owner, it is important for you to be aware of the rules that apply when working in the woods. Oregon has a comprehensive set of rules, established by the Oregon Forest Practices Act (FPA), which apply to any activity that is part of the commercial growing and harvesting of forest trees including: timber harvest, road construction, burning, reforestation, and the use of fertilizers and pesticides. These Forest Practices protect soil, water resources, air quality, and fish and wildlife habitat, while allowing for production of a steady supply of timber. The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) is responsible for enforcing the Oregon forest practices rules.
A good place to start learning about forestry practices is: Oregon's Forest Protection Laws: An Illustrated Manual - Second Edition. This 185 page manual helps explain the forest protection laws required by the Oregon Forest Practices Act. Simple explanations and clear, full-color illustrations make this a useful reference guide for any forester or landowner. It is free and can be ordered from the Oregon Forest Resources Institute. We have a limited supply at the OSU Extension Service Office in Newport - if you need one, stop by and pick one up.
The most current and detailed information about the the forest practices rules can be found on the ODF website. Begin by looking at key elements of the Forest Practices Act and follow the appropriate links to find details on reforestation requirements, harvest rules and more.
An important aspect of the rules is that you must notify ODF at least 15 days before beginning operations (such as harvest, fertilization or herbicide applications or for the use of power equipment). More information and links to notification forms can be found at the ODF Forest Operations site.
If you have specific questions about a pending operation, be sure to contact the ODF Stewardship Forester - For Lincoln County, your Stewardship Forester is headquarted in Toledo and can be reached by calling 541-336-2273 or navigating to the ODF Toledo website. ODF would much rather consult with you and avoid any non-compliance issues.