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Public comment period open on Rock Creek Canyon stewardship agreement
 
December 8, 2010
News media contact:
Kevin Weeks (503) 945-7427
 
OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY
REQUEST FOR COMMENTS
 
PROPOSED STEWARDSHIP AGREEMENT FOR ROCK CREEK CANYON PROPERTY
 
LANE COUNTY, OREGON
 
Published in the Eugene Register-Guard
PUBLISHING DATE: December 8, 2010
 
COMMENTS DUE: December 30, 2010 by 5:00 p.m.
 
PROJECT LOCATION:  93246 Bassonett Road in Deadwood, 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 Rock Creek Canyon, Inc. 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 Rock Creek Canyon, Inc. to operate a 113-acre forest tract under habitat conservation goals identified in the landowner’s forest management plan. This Stewardship Agreement provides the opportunity for the landowner 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 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 December 30, 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
 
Draft stewardship agreement open for public review  [PDF document, 710 Kb]