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ODF seeking comments on salvage logging rules

The Oregon Department of Forestry is seeking public comment on proposed rule changes on salvage logging.

The comment period began Monday, April 1 and continues through May 1. Also, a zoom meeting will be held at 1 p.m. April 22 to take further comment. 

To register for the virtual session go to https://odf.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMvdumorTgiE9dkP3H7tvyK7Am0aVlX20jN#/registration.

The rule-making process is mandated by Senate Bill 1501, which was passed by the 2022 Oregon Legislature. 

The bill established the Private Forest Accord, which governs more than 10 million acres of private and non-federal forests. The goal of the changes was to give regulatory certainty and better protect natural resources.

Salvage or post-disturbance logging refers to the removal of forest products after catastrophic events such as wildfire, wind, ice, insect or disease damage.

The rule-making process, ordered by the Board of Forestry, is designed to complete an analysis of the estimated economic impact of the draft rules and file a “notice of proposed rulemaking.”

The analysis of the estimated economic impact will be available on the ODF website before the close of the public comment period. 

More information on the rulemaking effort and ongoing updates can be found at their website: https://www.oregon.gov/odf/aboutodf/Pages/proposedlawsrules.aspx on the Oregon Department of Forestry

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