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Public comment period open on Branscomb stewardship agreement
November 15, 2010
News media contact:
Kevin Weeks (503) 945-7427
Published in the Roseburg News-Review
PUBLISHING DATE: November 15, 2010
COMMENTS DUE: December 8, 2010 by 5:00 p.m.
PROJECT LOCATION:  Township 22 S, Range 07 W, Section 33 – SE of Elkton, Oregon.
PROPOSAL: Pursuant to Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 527.423, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) is proposing to adopt a Stewardship Agreement for the Branscomb Elkton Reserve North forest property. The Stewardship Agreement shall serve as Certificate of Inclusion in the Programmatic Safe Harbor Agreement for Northern Spotted Owl habitat.
HIGHLIGHTS: This Stewardship Agreement is intended to permit Allan Branscomb and Elbert W. Branscomb to operate a 159-acre forest tract under habitat conservation goals identified in the landowner’s forest management plan. This Stewardship Agreement provides the opportunity for the landowners 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 landowners to participate in the NRCS Healthy Forests Reserve Program. ODF agrees to audit forest operations conducted by the landowners for compliance with Oregon Forest Practices Act standards every three years.
HOW TO COMMENT: The project file may be reviewed by appointment at ODF’s Roseburg Unit office. To schedule an appointment to review the file, please contact:
Oregon Department of Forestry, Roseburg Unit Office
1758 NE Airport Road
Roseburg, Oregon 97470
(541) 440-3412
Written comments should be received by December 8, 2010 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.
/s/ Peter Daugherty, Acting Chief of ODF Private Forests Division
Salem, Oregon
Review draft of the proposed Branscomb stewardship agreement [PDF document, 217 kB]