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Request for comment - Boyer Family and Petersen Ranch LLC stewardship agreements
March 31, 2011
 
Media Contact:
Kevin Weeks (503) 945-7427
 
OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY
REQUEST FOR COMMENTS
 
PROPOSED STEWARDSHIP AGREEMENT(s) FOR BOYER FAMILY LAND COMPANY PROPERTY AND PETERSEN RANCH LLC PROPERTY
 
LANE COUNTY, OREGON
 
Published in the Eugene Register-Guard
PUBLISHING DATE: March 31, 2011
 
COMMENTS DUE: April 21, 2011 by 5:00 p.m.
 
PROPOSAL: Pursuant to Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 527.423, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) is proposing to adopt two Stewardship Agreements within Lane County for the Boyer Family Land Company forest property and the Petersen Ranch, LLC forest property. Each project is independent and not affiliated with the other proposed project. The Stewardship Agreement shall serve as Certificate of Inclusion in the Programmatic Safe Harbor Agreement for Northern Spotted Owl habitat.
 
This Stewardship Agreement provides the opportunity for the landowner(s) to participate in the Programmatic Safe Harbor Agreement for Northern Spotted Owl habitat authorized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Approval of the Agreement further allows the landowner(s) to participate in the NRCS Healthy Forests Reserve Program. ODF agrees to audit forest operations conducted by the landowner(s) for compliance with Oregon Forest Practices Act standards every three years.
 
PROJECT NUMBER ONE:  Boyer Family Land Company - Township 17S, Range 11W approx. 10 miles north of Florence, Oregon.
 
This Stewardship Agreement is intended to permit Boyer Family Land Company to operate a 357-acre forest tract under habitat conservation goals identified in the landowner’s forest management plan.
 
PROJECT NUMBER TWO:  Petersen Ranch LLC - 39188 Upper Camp Creek Road, about 10 miles east of Springfield, Oregon.
 
This Stewardship Agreement is intended to permit Petersen Ranch LLC to operate a 94-acre forest tract under habitat conservation goals identified in the landowner’s forest management plan.
 
HOW TO COMMENT: The project file(s) may be reviewed by appointment at ODF’s Western Lane District office. To schedule an appointment to review the file(s), please contact:
 
Oregon Department of Forestry, Western Lane District
87950 Territorial Highway
Veneta, Oregon 97487
(541) 935-2283
 
Written comments should be received by April 21, 2011 and sent to Paul Clements, ODF Western Lane District at the address provided above.
 
THE NEXT STEP: ODF will consider all public comments received within the public comment period before making a final decision regarding approval of the draft Stewardship Agreement.
 
/s/ Peter Daugherty, Acting Chief of ODF Private Forests Division
Salem, Oregon
 
Draft Stewardship Agreement for review - Boyer Family Land Company [PDF, 1.3 Mb file]
 
Draft Stewardship Agreement for review - Petersen Ranch LLC [PDF, 1 Mb file]
 
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