2013 ORS § 321.550¹
Notice of intent to harvest
  • rules
  • effect of failure to file notice

(1) No person shall harvest or cause to be harvested any timber from land in Oregon without first having notified the State Forester in writing with a copy to the Department of Revenue on forms prepared by the State Forester and the department of intent to harvest pursuant to ORS 321.005 (Definitions for ORS 321.005 to 321.185, 321.560 to 321.600 and 477.440 to 477.460) to 321.185 (Forest Research and Experiment Account), 321.560 (Audit of returns) to 321.600 (Tax as debt) and 321.700 (Definitions for ORS 321.700 to 321.754) to 321.754 (Eastern Oregon Timber Severance Tax Fund).

(2) The notification shall specify where and when the harvest will take place and the nature of the harvest and shall include maps and other data as required by the State Forester and the department. The department shall establish by rule procedures to assure the receipt of the tax returns sent out or a report of nonharvest from the person. The department shall conduct field and office audits to ascertain the correctness of any timber tax return.

(3)(a) If a person fails to file a written notice as required in subsection (1) of this section with respect to any harvest over 5,000 board feet, the department shall notify the person. If, after the person has been notified, the person fails to file a written notice as required in subsection (1) of this section with respect to any subsequent harvest over 5,000 board feet, there shall be added to the amount of the timber tax required to be shown on the return as a result of the subsequent harvest a delinquency penalty of $250 for each violation occurring within a calendar year. The department shall collect the penalty in the same manner as taxes are collected.

(b) No penalty shall be imposed under this subsection if a penalty for failure to file the notice with the State Forester has been imposed under ORS 527.992 (Civil penalties).

(c) The delinquency penalty shall first be added to the small tract forestland timber severance tax imposed under ORS 321.700 (Definitions for ORS 321.700 to 321.754) to 321.754 (Eastern Oregon Timber Severance Tax Fund), if applicable to the harvest. If the small tract forestland timber severance tax is not applicable, the delinquency penalty shall be added to the forest products harvest tax imposed under ORS 321.005 (Definitions for ORS 321.005 to 321.185, 321.560 to 321.600 and 477.440 to 477.460) to 321.185 (Forest Research and Experiment Account). [1985 c.759 §2; 1989 c.588 §4; 1991 c.459 §305; 1993 c.801 §41; 2003 c.454 §54; 2003 c.621 §39a]