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Public comment period open on Eisler/Sheffield stewardship agreement
News media contact: Kevin Weeks (503) 945-7427
 
OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY
REQUEST FOR COMMENTS
 
PROPOSED STEWARDSHIP AGREEMENT FOR EISLER/SHEFFIELD PROPERTY
 
LANE COUNTY, OREGON
 
Published in the Eugene Register-Guard
PUBLISHING DATE: October 18, 2010
 
COMMENTS DUE: November 8, 2010 by 5:00 p.m.
 
PROJECT LOCATION:  88613 Nelson Mountain Road, Walton, Oregon.
 
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 Eisler/Sheffield 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 David Eisler and Sarah Sheffield to operate a 76-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 Western Lane District office. To schedule an appointment to review the file, please contact:
 
Oregon Department of Forestry, Western Lane District
87950 Territorial Highway
Veneta, Oregon 97487
(541) 935-2283
 
Written comments should be received by November 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 copy of the draft Eisler/Sheffield stewardship agreement (PDF)