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Forest Practices Act
Commercial Forest Operations
Logging operation
This is an introduction to the Forest Practices Rules. It is intended to give forest landowners, loggers, and consulting foresters an overview of Oregon´s legally-mandated best management practices (BMPs) for sound forest management. You need to know these BMPs to meet your objectives while protecting Oregon´s forest environment.
The following are some key points you should learn more about in applying good forest stewardship.

The First Step
You must notify the Department of Forestry of any commercial forest activity at least 15 days before beginning. There may be special requirements you must meet. If you´re ready for this step, you will need to complete and submit the forms to notify.

Regulated forest management activities include the following general categories:

Some important practices (BMPs) to know include:
  • Activities near streams, lakes, and wetlands must include water quality protection.
  • Wildlife trees and down logs must be left in most large clear-cut areas.
  • Clear-cut size is usually limited to 120 acres.
  • Sensitive bird nesting, roosting, and watering sites require protection.
  • Activities on slopes must include erosion and landslide control.
  • Replanting or land use changes must be completed within two years after harvesting.
  • Road and skid trail use must prevent erosion into streams, lakes, and wetlands.
  • Harvesting adjacent to designated Scenic Highways requires special practices.
  • Some activities require submitting a written plan.

Reference Materials

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