Oregon Statutes - Chapter 526 - Forestry Administration - Section 526.350 - Policy in administering forest and fire laws; contracts for care of forestland.

(1) All forest laws relating to forestland classified pursuant to ORS 526.328 or 526.340, and all rules promulgated under such laws, shall be so administered as best to promote the primary use for which that land is classified. Any contract by the State Board of Forestry or the State Forester with any forest protective association or agency for the care of any such forestland shall provide that the care shall be in accord with the provisions of this section relating to that land.

(2) It shall be the policy of the board and the forester as to all forestland classified in:

(a) Class 1, to give primary consideration to timber production and reforestation, in preference to grazing or agricultural uses, not excluding, however, recreation needs or scenic values.

(b) Class 2, to give equal consideration and value to timber production and the development or maintenance of grazing, either as a temporary use for the interim between logging and reforestation or as a permanent or semipermanent joint use.

(c) Class 3, to give primary consideration to the development of grazing or agriculture, in preference to timber production.

(3) The forester, on forestland classified pursuant to ORS 526.328 or 526.340, shall administer the forest laws of this state in accordance with the policy stated in this section as it applies to the land involved. [Amended by 1965 c.253 §41]

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