Oregon Statutes - Chapter 526 - Forestry Administration - Section 526.905 - Management plans or policies to reduce risk of loss of forest resources.

(1) Pursuant to its authority to improve the efficient and effective use of state resources, the Oregon Department of Administrative Services shall coordinate with the State Department of Fish and Wildlife, the State Parks and Recreation Department, the State Forestry Department, the Department of State Lands and any other state agency that has oversight responsibilities for state forestlands to adopt forest management plans or policies that:

(a) Establish forest health programs and management strategies designed to reduce the risk of catastrophic loss of forest resources from disease and insect infestation.

(b) Establish goals and strategies for managing forest fuel accumulation in order to reduce the risk of catastrophic fires in areas historically subject to frequent, periodic fires.

(2) To the extent that a state agency with oversight responsibilities for state forestlands has, as of January 1, 2004, policies, approved forest management plans or other strategies designed to address forest health and forest fuels management, those policies, plans and strategies may be incorporated into the plans and policies developed by the Oregon Department of Administrative Services.

(3) The Oregon Department of Administrative Services may develop forest fuel reduction and forest health restoration projects that may be implemented by state agencies. Such projects may include procedures for:

(a) Identifying forests that are at high risk of loss due to fuel accumulation, disease or insect infestation.

(b) Cooperating with local governments to identify locations where the urban-forest interface poses the greatest risk of contributing to damage or loss during a fire.

(c) Establishing priority areas for the projects due to natural, economic or scenic values. [2003 c.424 §1]

Note: 526.905 was enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but was not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 526 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

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