Or. Admin. R. 150-321-0340 - Minimum Stocking and Acreage Requirements for Designation as Forestland in Western Oregon

(1) "Contiguous acres" means acres touching along a boundary or at a point.
(a) Includes acres separated by a public or county road, state highway or any stream other than a large stream as identified by the state forester using the water classification system in OAR 629-635-0200.
(b) Does not include acres separated by an interstate highway or large stream.
(2) To qualify, the land must have growing upon it at least the number of established trees per acre set by the state forester in OAR 629-610-0020. The established trees must be of a marketable species acceptable to the state forester as described or set forth in OAR 629-610-0050.
(3) If the land does not meet the minimum requirements of section (2) of this rule, the owner must give the assessor a written management plan for establishing trees to meet the minimum stocking requirements. The plan must contain and meet the following requirements:
(a) A description of the area that states the location, number of acres, ground cover, present stocking, steepness of slope, and aspect (the direction the slope faces).
(b) A list of needed site preparation requirements prior to planting. Examples include brush or grass removal, rodent eradication, disease and insect problem resolution, slash disposal, protection from grazing or browsing animals, and tillage of soil.
(c) Planting information that lists the species to be planted, time of year that planting will take place, number of trees per acre to be planted, and method of planting.
(d) At least 20 percent, but not less than two acres, of the area in the plan must be planted by December 31 of the first assessment year that the land is designated as forestland. Each additional year thereafter, a minimum of 20 percent of the area must be planted. At the end of the fifth year after the assessor approves the designation, 100 percent of the area in the plan must be planted. The assessor may grant extensions to fulfilling planting requirements if a loss of planted stock occurs due to conditions beyond the control of the landowner.
(4) To qualify, the area to be designated must be at least two contiguous acres in common ownership. All other property located within the same county that is owned by the same common owner of at least two contiguous acres may also qualify for forestland designation if it meets the stocking requirements.

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Or. Admin. R. 150-321-0340
12-6-82, 12-31-82; RD 3-1996, f. 12-23-96, cert. ef. 12-31-96; REV 11-2000, f. 12-29-00, cert. ef. 12-31-00; Renumbered from 150-321.358(2), REV 12-2004, f. 12-29-04, cert. ef. 12-31-04; Renumbered from 150-321.358(4), REV 70-2016, f. 8-15-16, cert. ef. 9/1/2016; REV 80-2016, f. 12-28-16, cert. ef. 1/1/2017; REV 4-2017, f. 5-31-17, cert. ef. 6/1/2017

Stat. Auth.: ORS 305.100

Stats. Implemented: ORS 321.358

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