(1) As part of the preparation of the budget forms submitted to the Oregon Department of Administrative Services pursuant to ORS 291.208 for the State Forestry Department, the State Forester shall prepare, in addition to any amounts budgeted for forest protection districts pursuant to ORS 477.205 to 477.281, a budget request for a General Fund appropriation that may be used for any or all of the following:
(a) Providing funds for the purchase of insurance under ORS 477.775.
(b) Placement of centrally managed fire suppression resources for statewide use.
(c) Acquisition of fast-mobilizing, short-term contingency resources to be used based on predictions of unusually severe fire weather, widespread lightning events or serious resource shortage due to a heavy fire season.
(d) Enhancement of forest protection district resources in limited cases where land productivity or other economic factors seriously limit the protection districtís ability to provide adequate funding to meet performance standards.
(2) The State Forester shall utilize critical discretion in the expenditure of the funds provided to the State Forestry Department pursuant to the separate budget request required under subsection (1) of this section.
(3) The State Forester shall report to the Emergency Board, each year, after the close of the fire season, on:
(a) The nature and severity of the fire season;
(b) The moneys expended on fire suppression;
(c) The rationale for the expenditures; and
(d) The balance remaining from the biennial appropriation. [2005 c.802 §2]Section: Previous 477.747 477.750 477.755 477.760 477.765 477.770 477.775 477.777 477.780 477.805 477.810 477.820 477.830 477.840 477.850 Next
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