Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Deschutes County Forestland Classification Committee Meeting

[Sisters, Ore.]  The Deschutes County Forestland Classification Committee will meet April 30, 2018 at 9 a.m. at the Oregon Department of Forestry office in Sisters, Oregon.  Agenda items include an update on the Central Oregon District Boundary relocation process, review and edit of the preliminary forestland classification, and developing a timeline and process for public information meetings/public hearing for adoption of the final classification.  The meeting is open to any interested landowners and the public.
“Forestland classification” is the process used to determine lands inside a forest protection boundary which meet the definition of forestland (ORS 526.005(a)).  The process further delineates these “forestlands” into lands suitable for timber production or grazing/agricultural use.  Land use zoning and taxation are not used to determine forestland classification for this process.  Forestland inside the protection boundary is provided wildfire protection by the Oregon Department of Forestry through a Forest Patrol Assessment on landowner’s property tax statements.  For more information regarding forestland classification in ODF’s Central Oregon District visit www.odfcentraloregon.com.
The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting to Gordon Foster at the Oregon Department of Forestry office in Prineville (541) 447-5658.

Committee Members:
Ed Keith, Deschutes County Forester—Committee Chair
Gordon Foster, Oregon Department of Forestry—Secretary
Jeremy Ast, Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire Department (OSFM)
Nicole Strong, OSU Extension Forester
Bill Swarts, Timber Representative
Matt Cyrus, Grazing Representative

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Boundary Change Public Hearing

Map of proposed boundary change.
Oregon Department of Forestry's Central Oregon District is holding a Public Hearing to receive testimony regarding a proposed change to the existing District Boundary in Jefferson and Deschutes counties.  The Hearing will be held at 1pm on March 19, 2018 at Redmond City Hall (411 SW 9th Street, Redmond, Oregon.). 

Format of the hearing:
  • Brief overview of the proposed change
  • Public testimony

Written testimony must be received by 5:00 p.m., March 23, 2018. Submissions should be addressed to Tracy Wrolson, Hearing Officer, Oregon Department of Forestry, 3501 E. 3rd Street, (mail: PO Box 670) Prineville, Oregon 97754, sent via email to Tracy.Wrolson@oregon.gov or via fax to 541-447-1469.


If special materials, services or assistance is required, please contact Gordon Foster at the Oregon Department of Forestry office in Prineville at least 48 hours in advance, (541) 447-5658.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Public Hearing on revision to Oregon Department Forestry Central Oregon Forest Protection District Boundary

WHAT: The Oregon Department of Forestry’s (ODF) Central Oregon District will hold a public hearing on a proposed change to their Forest Protection District Boundary in Deschutes and Jefferson counties.
Jefferson County Boundary Relocation

WHEN: 1 p.m., Monday, March 19, 2018

WHERE: Redmond City Hall, 411 SW 9th Street, Redmond, Oregon.

WHY: Revising the Central Oregon Forest Protection District Boundary to more accurately reflect areas receiving wildland fire protection services from ODF.

WHO: The public is invited to attend and give testimony.  A report of the public testimony will be provided to the Board of Forestry to review and consider for approval prior to the proposed change.

MORE INFO: New lands proposed to be included in this portion of the boundary may be subject to a forest patrol assessment, which is collected through a landowner’s ad valorem tax statement in November.  Lands removed from the Central Oregon Forest Protection District will continue to receive wildland fire protection from rural fire departments with assistance from ODF through existing mutual aid agreements.

Written testimony must be received by 5:00 p.m., March 23, 2018. Submissions should be addressed to Tracy Wrolson, Hearing Officer, Oregon Department of Forestry, 3501 E. 3rd Street, (mail: PO Box 670) Prineville, Oregon 97754, sent via email to Tracy.Wrolson@oregon.gov or via fax to 541-447-1469.


Deschutes County Boundary Relocation


If special materials, services or assistance is required, please contact Gordon Foster at the Oregon Department of Forestry office in Prineville at least 48 hours in advance, (541) 447-5658.