FIRE SEASON STARTS IN NORTHWEST OREGON
Fire season will begin in Clatsop County on Tuesday, July 8th, at 1:00 am, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry. Fire season is declared each year when conditions of fire hazard exist. This declaration affects all lands, both public and private, in Northwest Oregon and joins most other regions of Oregon already in fire season.
For all lands in Clatsop County, open debris burning will not be allowed July 8th-October 15th, 2014. Burn permits will be issued by either your local rural fire department or Oregon Department of Forestry at no cost.
Burn permits are obtained through the Oregon Department of Forestry, rural fire protection districts or the local city fire department, depending on your residential location. For rural residence, only metal barrels in good condition and heavy mesh screens, with holes no larger than ¼ inch are acceptable. A charged water supply and hand tools are also required.
Loggers and other commercial forest operators will need to meet watchman service, fire equipment, and other requirements specified in Oregon forest law.
The use of exploding targets and tracer ammunition is prohibited during fire season on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. (ORS 477.512)
For recorded information about fire season requirements, call 325-7215. To request a burning permit or obtain additional information, call 325-5451 during business hours.
LOOKING AT NEW WAYS TO MANAGE STATE FORESTS IN NORTHWEST OREGON
March 5: Update to the Board of Forestry
March 14: State Forests Advisory Committee (SFAC) work session on implementation
April 4: Forest Trust Lands Advisory Committee (FTLAC) work session on policy implications
April 14: Update to the Board of Forestry
May 2: AFMP Board subcommittee reviews Stakeholder Group, FTLAC and SFAC products to decide which concepts to forward to an independent science review team.
May through August: Science review of concepts
June 4: Board of Forestry update
July 24-25: Board of Forestry update
Fall 2014: Board of Forestry decisions on Forest Management Plan (FMP). Rule-making to implement those decisions begins.
Spring 2015: Board of Forestry approves new FMP
HIGH VALUE CONSERVATION AREAS: SHOWCASING CONSERVATION ON STATE-OWNED LANDS
To commemorate and implement, there are a number of activities underway. We've launched a central webpage for HVCA information, scheduled March open houses (see below), and will send a web link for public comment once the HVCA & Annual Operation Plans (AOP) comment period kicks off March 17 (open through May 2). Visit the webpage to learn more.
HVCA open houses will provide the opportunity to review these areas on Google Earth maps, ask questions, explore through a self-guided tour, and learn more about how these areas are managed over time, among other activities. We look forward to seeing you there:
LEARN MORE: CONSERVATION AREA OPEN HOUSES
March 17: 6-8pm, Forest Grove ODF District Office, 801 Gales Creek Road, Forest Grove
March 20: 6-8pm, Astoria ODF District Office, 92219 Hwy 202, Astoria
March 22: 10am-noon, Tillamook District Office, 5005 3rd Street, Tillamook
The Clatsop Recreation Advisory Committee is a five member board with one position each which represent interests in off-highway vehicles and equestrian activities, two positions dedicated to miscellaneous activities such as hiking, hunting, fishing, mountain biking, or camping and one citizen-at-large position. The committee provides a forum for recreation users to have direct input into the development, review, and implementation of specific recreation policies, plans, and projects for the Clatsop State Forest and meets quarterly.
For further information or to inquire about any existing committee openings contact our District Office at (503)325-5451.
Oregon Department of Forestry announces firewood permit changes
Beginning February 1, the manner in which firewood permits are issued by the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Astoria District Office will change. The new program will allow for permits to be issued geographically by management basin instead of timber sale area as was done in the past.
There are 15 different management basins in ODF’s Astoria District, ranging in size from 4,265 to 18,832 acres. Most are located in the eastern portion of Clatsop County. Firewood cutting will be allowed on downed wood that is within 50 feet of a surfaced road. Certain areas within each basin will be excluded from firewood cutting. Some examples of excluded areas are: sold timber sales, recreation sites, planned timber sale operations, ecologically sensitive areas, and Oregon Department of Transportation rights-of-way.
As has always been the case, ODF does not guarantee the quality or availability of wood in the permit areas and no refunds will be issued. Areas that have a concentration of material suitable for firewood will be identified on the basin maps. Those interested in obtaining a permit are encouraged to visit the ODF – Astoria District’s web page, www.oregon.gov/ODF/pages/field/astoria/aboutastoria.aspx, to view management basin maps and to familiarize themselves with areas they are interested in obtaining a firewood permit within. Prospective firewood cutters may also call the district’s Woodcutting Hotline (503-325-7215) for information.
Signs will be posted in the field identifying areas that are closed to firewood cutting. However, the public is cautioned that the signs are only for guidance, since signs may be torn down or damaged and not replaced in a timely manner. It is the responsibility of the permit holder to determine if s/he is in an area available for firewood cutting as shown on the permit map. Detailed forest road maps are available at the district office for $6. The double-sided map covers Clatsop County and portions of Columbia, Tillamook, Washington and Yamhill counties.
Permits will be sold during business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Permits will not be sold during fire season, which generally runs from July 1 through October 1. There is a limit of five permits per individual and household per year. There will not be a limit on the number of permits sold in each management basin. Firewood permits cost $20 and are good for two cords of wood or three weeks, whichever comes first. Permits may be purchased at the Astoria District Office, 92219 Highway 202, in Astoria, which is located next to the Clatsop County Fairgrounds. All permit sales are cash only. No checks or credit cards are accepted.
The Northwest Area Protection Map has been updated as of May 2012 and can be purchased at the Astoria District Office. The maps are $6.00 each.