[Bend, Ore.] The Deschutes County Forestland Classification Committee adopted final classifications for forestland in Deschutes County on January 7, 2019. Prior to adoption the committee discussed the public hearing and public meetings held in December and reviewed the Hearings Officer Report. Committee secretary Gordon Foster, Prineville-Sisters Unit Forester of the Oregon Department of Forestry, filed the written order with the Deschutes County Clerk’s Office January 17, 2019. Included in this filing is a list of taxlots with associated Class 2(timber & grazing) and Class 3 (grazing) acreages.
As per Oregon Revised Statute 526.332 any landowner who is aggrieved by the classification may, within thirty days, appeal to the Deschutes County Circuit Court. Notice of the appeal shall also be served on the secretary of the committee in care of Oregon Department of Forestry, 3501 NE 3rd Street / PO BOX 670, Prineville, OR 97754.
The written order, finding of fact, and searchable list of taxlots can be found online at www.ODFcentraloregon.com.
Committee members have spent several years establishing the criteria for the classifications based on conditions such as site productivity, current stocking, species, natural features, climate, topography, extent of fire hazards and other physical, social and economic conditions. Classification of forestland across the county was reviewed by the committee based on this criteria and the appropriate classification applied. The applicable criteria and other information regarding forestland classification can be found on the Forestland Classification page on the Central Oregon District website (www.ODFcentraloregon.com). Questions regarding forestland classification should be directed to Gordon Foster (541-447-5658).
Classification Committee Members:
Ed Keith, County Representative (committee chair)
Gordon Foster, ODF Representative (committee secretary)
Nicole Strong, OSU Extension Representative
Jeremy Ast, State Fire Marshall Representative
Bill Swarts, Timberland Representative
Matt Cyrus, Grazing land Representative
For additional information about forestland classification please visit
Searchable List of Taxlots and Classified Acres (Use ctrl F in the PDF to access the search bar)
Written Order and Finding of Fact Filed With Deschutes County Clerk