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Harvesting training offered for private forestry changes

Massive changes are taking place in timber harvesting as of January 1 and the state is offering free training sessions so that private companies can receive information on the new rules.

The changes stem from legislation that supports the Private Forest Accord (PFA) and are aimed at providing ”regulatory certainty” for timber companies. The PFA is an agreement between the timber industry, small forest landowners, and conservation groups.   

The training is entitled “Forest Practices Act changes – streams, roads and more.”

The largest changes, said Jennifer Ward, training coordinator for the Oregon Department of Forestry’s forest resources division “are with stream buffers and the construction, maintenance and inventory of forest roads. We will present these new rules and more importantly take the time to answer questions related to the rule changes.”

Other training topics include: 

• Programs specifically designed to help the owners of small acreage forestlands. 

• Updates on the new Forest Conservation Tax Credit Program, which provides financial benefits to small forestland owners who support conservation and habitat protection by leaving a larger unharvested area next to streams as a conservation area for the protection of wildlife habitat.

The free training program is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at the Holiday Inn in Wilsonville, 25425 SW 95th Ave. Go to register. Classes also are scheduled for the same time on Oct. 26 at the Baker City Best Western Sunridge Inn and the Klamath County Events Center in Klamath Falls.

“These are the most sweeping changes to the Forest Practices Act (FPA) since it was enacted in 1973,” said Ward, “ and we are providing (these) training opportunities to help people better understand the changes and the possible impacts on their land.

“This training is geared toward landowners and operators, including small forest landowners. Anyone is welcome to attend and learn more about these new rules.”

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