NEWS RELEASE For more information contact:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ashley Lertora
Sept. 15, 2014 503-325-5451
Oregon Dept. of Forestry Closes Gates to Astoria Basin
In an effort to prevent human caused wildland fire from threatening the City of Astoria and its watershed, local fire staff have decided to close off access to the forest lands adjacent to the city.
The Williamsport gate located off Hwy. 202 at mile post 3.5 will be closed as well as the Scandavian Gate located off the Hwy. 30. Walk on recreation is still permitted on state managed lands.
All industrial forestlands are closed to the public until the fire danger is lowered.
Call the ODF information line at 503-325-7215 for latest information regarding fire danger levels.
Due to High Fire Danger the Nicolai Mountain OHV Area is closed until further notice. Please see the OHV waiver below for more information.
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.