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Public comment period open on GreenWood Resources stewardship agreement
Media contact: Kevin Weeks (503) 945-7427
 
OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY
REQUEST FOR COMMENTS
 
PROPOSED STEWARDSHIP AGREEMENT FOR
GREENWOOD RESOURCES’ BOARDMAN TREE FARM
 
MORROW COUNTY, OREGON
 
Published in Hermiston Herald / East Oregonian
 
PUBLISHING DATE: July 29, 2009
 
COMMENTS DUE: August 21, 2009 by 5:00 p.m.
 
PROJECT LOCATION:  South of and adjacent to Interstate 84 from milepost 169 to 174.
 
PROPOSAL: Pursuant to Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 527.736(5), the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) is proposing to adopt a Stewardship Agreement for the hybrid poplar plantation operated by GreenWood Resources, Inc. located near Boardman, Oregon.
 
HIGHLIGHTS: This Stewardship Agreement is intended to allow GreenWood Resources, Inc. to provide ODF with an annual Notification of Operation (“Notification”) for the landowner’s intent to harvest or perform management activities. ODF agrees to audit forest operation conducted by GreenWood Resources, Inc. for compliance with Oregon Forest Practices Act (OFPA) standards annually for the first two years of the Agreement and every three years thereafter.  By OFPA definition, trees grown on the tree farm are an agricultural crop up to age 12, and trees held to older ages are considered forest products subject to forest operation regulations and this Agreement.
 
HOW TO COMMENT: The project file may be reviewed by appointment at ODF’s Pendleton Unit office or the ODF John Day Unit Office. To schedule an appointment to review the file, please contact either regional office:
 
Oregon Department of Forestry, Pendleton Unit
1055 Airport Road
Pendleton, OR 97801
(541) 276-3491
 
Oregon Department of Forestry, John Day Unit
400 NW Ninth
John Day, OR 97845
(541) 575-1139
 
Written comments should be received by August 21, 2009 and sent to Marganne Allen, ODF Private Forests Division, 2600 State Street, Salem Oregon 97310.
 
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.
 
July 27, 2009
Salem, Oregon