2011 ORS § 527.670¹
Commencement of operations
  • rules
  • written plan
  • effect of plan
  • notice of chemical application
  • fees

(1) The State Board of Forestry shall designate the types of operations for which notice shall be required under this section.

(2) The board shall identify by rule the types of operations that require a written plan.

(3) In addition to any other types of operations identified by the board, the board shall adopt rules to require a written plan for the following:

(a) An operation that occurs within 100 feet of a stream determined by the State Forester to be used by fish or for domestic use, unless:

(A) The board, by rule, provides that a written plan is not required because the operation will be conducted according to a general vegetation retention prescription described in administrative rule;

(B) The operation will not directly affect the riparian management area and the State Forester, acting under authority granted by a board rule, waives the written plan requirement; or

(C) The operation will be conducted pursuant to a stewardship agreement entered into under ORS 541.423 (Stewardship agreements).

(b) An operation that occurs within 100 feet of a resource site that is inventoried under ORS 527.710 (Duties and powers of board) (3) as a significant wetland but is not classified by board rule as an estuary, unless:

(A) The board, by rule, provides that a written plan is not required because the operation will be conducted according to a general vegetation retention prescription described in administrative rule;

(B) The operation will not directly affect the riparian management area and the State Forester, acting under authority granted by a board rule, waives the written plan requirement; or

(C) The operation will be conducted pursuant to a stewardship agreement entered into under ORS 541.423 (Stewardship agreements).

(c) An operation that occurs within 300 feet of a resource site inventoried under ORS 527.710 (Duties and powers of board) (3), other than a site described in paragraph (b) of this subsection, unless the operation:

(A) Will be conducted pursuant to a stewardship agreement entered into under ORS 541.423 (Stewardship agreements); and

(B) Is consistent with the purposes and policies of any relevant Safe Harbor Agreements or Candidate Conservation Agreements entered into between the State of Oregon and agencies of the United States Government, pursuant to the federal Endangered Species Act of 1973 (P.L. 93-205, 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) and federal regulations.

(4) The distances set forth in subsection (3) of this section are solely for the purpose of defining an area within which a hearing may be requested under ORS 527.700 (Appeals from orders of State Forester) and not the area to be protected by the boards rules adopted pursuant to ORS 527.710 (Duties and powers of board) (3)(c).

(5) For the purpose of determining the distances set forth in subsection (3) of this section site means the specific resource site and not any additional buffer area.

(6) An operator, timber owner or landowner, before commencing an operation, shall notify the State Forester. The notification shall be on forms provided by the State Forester and shall include the name and address of the operator, timber owner and landowner, the legal description of the operating area, and any other information considered by the State Forester to be necessary for the administration of the rules promulgated by the board pursuant to ORS 527.710 (Duties and powers of board). Promptly upon receipt of such notice, the State Forester shall provide a copy of the notice to whichever of the operator, timber owner or landowner did not submit the notification. The State Forester shall provide a copy of notices involving chemical applications to persons within 10 miles of the chemical application who hold downstream surface water rights pursuant to ORS chapter 537, if such a person has requested that notification in writing. The board shall adopt rules specifying the information to be contained in the notice. All information filed with the State Forester pertaining to chemical applications shall be public record.

(7) An operator, timber owner or landowner that filed an original notification shall notify the State Forester of any subsequent change in the information contained in the notification.

(8) Within six working days of receipt of a notice or a written plan filed under subsection (6) or (7) of this section, the State Forester shall make a copy of the notice or written plan available to any person who requested of the State Forester in writing that the person be provided with copies of notice and written plan and who has paid any applicable fee established by the State Forester for such service. The State Forester may establish a fee for providing copies of notices and written plans under this subsection not to exceed the actual and reasonable costs. In addition, the State Forester shall provide a copy of the notification to the Department of Revenue and the county assessor for the county in which the operation is located, at times and in a manner determined through written cooperative agreement by the parties involved.

(9) Persons may submit written comments pertaining to the operation to the State Forester within 14 calendar days of the date the notice or written plan was filed with the State Forester under subsection (2), (6) or (7) of this section. Notwithstanding the provisions of this subsection, the State Forester may waive any waiting period for operations not requiring a written plan under subsection (3) of this section, except those operations involving aerial application of chemicals.

(10) If an operator, timber owner or landowner is required to submit a written plan of operations to the State Forester under subsection (3) of this section:

(a) The State Forester shall review a written plan and may provide comments to the person who submitted the written plan;

(b) The State Forester may not provide any comments concerning the written plan earlier than 14 calendar days following the date that the written plan was filed with the State Forester nor later than 21 calendar days following the date that the written plan was filed; and

(c) Provided that notice has been provided as required by subsection (6) of this section, the operation may commence on the date that the State Forester provides comments or, if no comments are provided within the time period established in paragraph (b) of this subsection, at any time after 21 calendar days following the date that the written plan was filed.

(11)(a) Comments provided by the State Forester, or by the board under ORS 527.700 (Appeals from orders of State Forester) (6), to the person who submitted the written plan are for the sole purpose of providing advice to the operator, timber owner or landowner regarding whether the operation described in the written plan is likely to comply with ORS 527.610 (Short title) to 527.770 (Good faith compliance with best management practices not violation of water quality standards) and rules adopted thereunder. Comments provided by the State Forester or the board do not constitute an approval of the written plan or operation.

(b) If the State Forester or the board does not comment on a written plan, the failure to comment does not mean that an operation carried out in conformance with the written plan complies with ORS 527.610 (Short title) to 527.770 (Good faith compliance with best management practices not violation of water quality standards) or rules adopted thereunder nor does the failure to comment constitute a rejection of the written plan or operation.

(c) If the State Forester or board determines that an enforcement action may be appropriate concerning the compliance of a particular operation with ORS 527.610 (Short title) to 527.770 (Good faith compliance with best management practices not violation of water quality standards) or rules adopted under ORS 527.610 (Short title) to 527.770 (Good faith compliance with best management practices not violation of water quality standards), the State Forester or board shall consider, but are not bound by, comments that the State Forester provided under this section or comments that the board provided under ORS 527.700 (Appeals from orders of State Forester).

(12) If the operation is required under rules described in subsection (3) of this section to have a written plan and comments have been timely filed under subsection (9) of this section pertaining to the operation requiring a written plan, the State Forester shall:

(a) Provide a copy of the State Foresters review and comments, if any, to persons who submitted timely written comments under subsection (9) of this section pertaining to the operation; and

(b) Provide to the operator, timber owner and landowner a copy of all timely comments submitted under subsection (9) of this section. [1971 c.316 §9; 1987 c.919 §12; 1991 c.634 §5; 1991 c.919 §11; 1995 s.s. c.3 §39a; 1996 c.9 §3; 1997 c.413 §1; 2003 c.539 §39; 2003 c.740 §3; 2007 c.608 §5; 2011 c.54 §1]