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Timber and conservation groups agreed to recommend changes to the Forest Practices Act on Oct. 30, 2021. The changes will impact more than 10 million acres of private and non-federal forests. The changes give regulatory certainty and better protect natural resources. In June 2020, the Oregon Legislature held a special session and passed Senate Bill 1602. The law required mediated talks between conservation and timber groups. The bill passed both chambers with broad support. The talks led to the Private Forests Accord Report and three bills – Senate Bills 1501 and 1502 and House Bill 4055. These bills will:
Oregon Department of Forestry's role is to draft rules for the Board of Forestry to consider. Here is what the new rules will do:
The proposed rules were open for public comment through Sept. 30, 2022. The board will consider public comments and approval of the rules at the Oct. 26 meeting. The board must adopt the rules by Nov. 30, 2022.
View the rulemaking timeline.
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