2017 ORS 526.005¹

As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires:

(1) “Biomass” means any organic matter, including woody biomass, agricultural crops, wood wastes and residues, plants, aquatic plants, grasses, residues, fibers, animal wastes, municipal wastes and other waste materials.

(2) “Board” means the State Board of Forestry.

(3) “Certified Burn Manager” means an individual, other than the forester, who is currently certified under a program established pursuant to ORS 526.360 (State Forester to assist in developing forestland for agricultural uses) (3).

(4) “Department” means the State Forestry Department.

(5) “Forester” means the State Forester or the authorized representative of the forester.

(6)(a) “Forestland” means any woodland, brushland, timberland, grazing land or clearing that, during any time of the year, contains enough forest growth, slashing or vegetation to constitute, in the judgment of the forester, a fire hazard, regardless of how the land is zoned or taxed.

(b) As used in this subsection, “clearing” means any grassland, improved area, lake, meadow, mechanically or manually cleared area, road, rocky area, stream or other similar opening that is surrounded by or contiguous to land described in paragraph (a) of this subsection and that has been included in areas classified as forestland under ORS 526.305 (Definitions for ORS 526.305 to 526.370) to 526.370 (Seeding agreements as condition of supervision of burning on forestlands).

(7) “Forestry carbon offset” means a transferable unit based on a measured amount of carbon storage expressed as a carbon dioxide emission equivalent, or other equivalent standard, and accruing on forestland as live or dead matter in trees, shrubs, forest litter and soil.

(8) “Nonindustrial private forest landowner” means any forest landowner who does not own a forest products manufacturing facility that employs more than six people.

(9) “Nonindustrial private forestland” means any forestland owned by a nonindustrial private forest landowner.

(10)(a) “Woody biomass” means material from trees and woody plants, including limbs, tops, needles, leaves and other woody parts, grown in a forest, woodland, farm, rangeland or wildland-urban interface environment that is the by-product of forest management, ecosystem restoration or hazardous fuel reduction treatment.

(b) “Woody biomass” does not mean:

(A) Wood pieces that have been treated with creosote, pentachlorophenol, copper chrome arsenic or other chemical preservatives;

(B) Wood that must be retained under state or federal regulations;

(C) Wood required for large woody debris recruitment; or

(D) Municipal solid waste. [Amended by 1961 c.123 §3; 1965 c.253 §1; 1977 c.893 §14; 1997 c.274 §41; 1999 c.101 §1; 2001 c.752 §6; 2009 c.69 §2; 2011 c.276 §3]


Chapter 526

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Authority of State Forester to enter private land to administer Forest Practices Act, (1978) Vol 39, p 17

Law Review Cita­tions

22 EL 797 (1992)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 526—Forestry Administration, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors526.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 526, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano526.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.