HB 2615 SPECIAL FOREST PRODUCTS

HB2615 was passed in the last session and became effective on June 4, 2013. It includes all fungi, including truffles, in the existing permitting system for specials forest products and places the role of identifying special forest products within the rule making authority of the Board of Forestry. New rule(s) are now in effect.

Special Forest Products Forms:

Special Forest Products Buyers Record Form

Special Forest Products Permit

Special Forest Products Permit Sales Donation Form

 

Talking Points for "Truffle" Bill (HB2615):

1. Any harvesting of firewood or special forest products that includes resale may require a permit and/or special record keeping, especially if certain amounts are exceeded.
 
2. Cost may be associated, depending upon who issues the permit. For example, State Forests charges a minimum of $100 per 1000 pounds of mushrooms.
 
3. Not all landowners allow harvesting of all products; always check with the landowner first.
 
4. Private landowners who allow people to harvest special forest products on their land can utilize new forms that include new requirements of HB2615. Buyers must also keep records of permittees they purchase from. Forms are available above.
 
5. House Bill 2615 amended the state statute on the harvesting of special forest products, ORS 164.813, to read "edible fungi" instead of "edible mushrooms" in order to capture truffles as a special forest product.
 
6. Oregon Department of Forestry completed rulemaking to define special forest products and identify the process for implementing future changes to the definition of special forest products. The rules became effective on July 1, 2014. Rule language and statutes associated can be found at these links:
 

 

 

 Additional questions? Call Angie Lane, ODF Operations Policy Analyst 503-945-7387