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Proposed laws & rules

Forest Practices Act rules

During the 2022 Legislative Session, the legislature passed Senate Bills 1501 and 1502 making substantial changes to the Forest Practices Rules. These bills require ODF and the Board of Forestry to complete several rulemaking processes over the coming years. This page will be used to provide rulemaking updates as well as information on public engagement opportunities as they arise. The board must:

  • Adopt rules implementing SB 1501 (2022) and SB 1502 (2022) and the Private Forest Accord Report by Nov. 30, 2022.
    • The board adopted these rules on Oct. 26, 2022. Learn more by reviewing the board materials.
  • Make minor changes or conforming amendments to the previously adopted rules, if needed, by July 1, 2023.
    • The board amended the previously adopted rules on June 7, 2023. Learn more by reviewing the board materials.
  • Initiate rulemaking related to tethered logging by March 17, 2025.
  • Complete rulemaking related to post-disturbance harvest by Nov. 30, 2025. 
    • On January 4, 2023, the board directed ODF to start rulemaking on post-disturbance harvest activities. You can learn more by viewing the board materials.
    • On February 23, 2024, the board made required determinations and directed ODF to take specific actions related to post-disturbance harvest rulemaking. The public had the opportunity to provide written comments and/or live testimony. You can learn more by viewing the board meeting and related materials.
Certified Burn Manager Program

ODF held public hearings on proposed administrative rules 629-042-1000 to 629-042-1070: Establishing purpose, definitions, and general requirements for implementation of a Certified Burn Manager Program.

The proposed rules, required under Senate Bill 762, establishes the purpose, definitions, and general requirements for the Certified Burn Manager Program. This program allows for training and certification of personnel to conduct prescribed burns and reduce individual liability when following program criteria.

The written comment period closed on Aug. 31. The public hearings were held Aug. 23-25, 2022.
Central Oregon District boundary change

The public hearing was held June 14, 2022.

Proposed maps of the boundary corrections:

Wildfire risk mapping & wildland-urban interface identification criteria

View the final adopted rules. Rules effective June 14, 2022.

Wildfire rulemaking under SB762

Learn more about current and anticipated rulemaking processes related to wildfire after passage of Senate Bill 762.

Wildland-urban interface definition rules

View the final adopted rules. Rules effective Oct. 22, 2021.