2011 ORS § 526.992¹
Criminal and civil penalties for timber export violation

(1) A person who, with willful disregard for the prohibitions contained in ORS 526.801 (Definitions for ORS 526.801 to 526.831 and 526.992) to 526.831 (Contract cancellation for timber export violation) against exporting public timber, exported or caused to be exported unprocessed timber originating from public lands in violation of this chapter is guilty of a Class C felony and may be assessed a civil penalty not to exceed $500,000 for each violation or three times the gross value of the unprocessed timber involved in the violation, whichever amount is greater.

(2) If the agency concerned finds, on the record and after an opportunity for a hearing, that a person has violated any provision of ORS 526.801 (Definitions for ORS 526.801 to 526.831 and 526.992) to 526.831 (Contract cancellation for timber export violation) or any rule issued pursuant thereto relating to lands which the agency administers (notwithstanding that such violation may not have caused the export of unprocessed public timber in violation of this chapter), such agency may:

(a) Assess against such person a civil penalty not more than $75,000 for each violation if it is determined that the violation was casual or involuntary.

(b) Assess against such person a civil penalty not more than $500,000 or three times the gross value of the unprocessed timber involved in the violation, whichever amount is greater, if it is determined that the person committed such violation willfully. Any person who willfully commits such a violation is guilty of a Class C felony.

(3) Any civil penalty imposed under this section shall become due and payable when the person incurring the penalty receives a notice in writing of the imposition of the penalty. The notice may be personally served on the person incurring the penalty or may be sent by registered or certified mail.

(4) The person incurring the penalty shall have 20 days from the date of receiving the notice to make written application for a hearing.

(5) Any person who makes application as provided for in subsection (4) of this section shall be entitled to a hearing. The hearing shall be conducted as a contested case hearing pursuant to the applicable provisions of ORS 183.413 (Notice to parties before hearing of rights and procedure) to 183.470 (Orders in contested cases).

(6) Judicial review of an order made after a hearing under this section shall be as provided in ORS 183.480 (Judicial review of agency orders) to 183.497 (Awarding costs and attorney fees when finding for petitioner) for judicial review of contested cases.

(7) When an order assessing a civil penalty under this section becomes final by operation of law or on appeal, and the amount of penalty is not paid within 10 days after the order becomes final, the order may be recorded with the county clerk in any county of this state. The clerk shall thereupon record the name of the person incurring the penalty and the amount of the penalty in the County Clerk Lien Record.

(8) All moneys recovered pursuant to this section shall be paid into the State Forestry Department Account and may be used only to pay the expenses of administration, investigation and enforcement of ORS 526.801 (Definitions for ORS 526.801 to 526.831 and 526.992) to 526.831 (Contract cancellation for timber export violation) by the State Forester or any law enforcement agency. [1991 c.942 §9; 1999 c.59 §165]

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