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Rangeland protection association hearing set for December 11 in Frenchglen
News Release
Nov. 29, 2012
Contact:  Rod Nichols, 503-945-7425, rnichols@odf.state.or.us
WHAT: The Oregon Board of Forestry (BOF) will hold a public hearing on a proposal to form the Frenchglen Rangeland Fire Protection Association (RFPA). The proposal calls for forming a cooperative, non-profit, landowner-directed fire association that would provide fire protection to rangelands in portions of central Harney County. The RFPA would be operated in cooperation with the BOF and the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF).
WHEN: 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012.
WHERE: The Frenchglen Hotel in Frenchglen, Oregon.
WHY: The area currently has no rangeland fire protection services available for privately owned lands.
WHO: The public is invited to attend the hearing and give testimony. A report of the public testimony will be provided to the BOF for review prior to its consideration of the RFPA proposal at its next board meeting.
HOW: If approved by the Board, the new association would be directed and managed by local rangeland owners. Associations prepare annual budgets for review by the Board. Operating funds typically are derived from annual dues assessed by an association on its members. Grants provided through the ODF may provide supplemental funding.
BACKGROUND: RFPAs were authorized by the Oregon Legislature in 1963 to fill a gap in protection for portions of the state that do not lie within a rural fire protection district or a forest protection district. There are currently fourteen active RFPAs.
SPECIAL SERVICES: Those with disabilities that require special materials, services or assistance are encouraged to call Gordon Foster, ODF office in Prineville, at least 48 hours in advance,  541-447-5658 ext 237, text telephone (TTY) 800-467-4490 (outside Salem) and 503-945-7213 (in Salem).