Or. Admin. R. 629-611-0000 - Purpose

(1) The purpose of OAR 629-611-0000 to 629-611-0020 is to implement ORS 526.490, providing an incentive for landowners to convert parcels of idle land or land in other uses to commercial forest use.
(2) The provisions of ORS 526.490shall be called the afforestation incentive and OAR 629-611-0000 to 629-611-0020 shall be known as the afforestation incentive rules.
(3) The afforestation incentive in these rules is a one-time exemption from most tree retention requirements in the forest practice rules as described in section (5) of this rule.
(4) For the purposes of the afforestation incentive rules, "planted" trees means those trees that a landowner establishes as an initial forest stand to qualify for the incentive and includes:
(a) All trees the landowner plants or causes to be planted; and
(b) All naturally established trees that are established within ten years prior to, or following, the date the parcel is certified as qualified for the incentive.
(5) Notwithstanding forest practice rule provisions prohibiting harvest of trees, the afforestation incentive allows landowners to harvest all planted trees on certified afforestation incentive parcels with the following limitations:
(a) The afforestation incentive applies only to the land and timber located more than 20 feet from the high water level of the following streams:
(A) Type F streams;
(B) Type SSBT streams;
(C) Type D streams; or
(D) Large or medium Type N streams.
(b) Any forest operations on such parcels must comply with all forest practice rules that require practices other than restrictions on harvesting the planted trees.
(c) A planted tree that later becomes a key component of a specified resource site normally requiring protection under the forest practice rules may be harvested; however, the State Forester may temporarily prohibit harvesting during an annual critical period of use of the site, as provided in the specified resource site protection rules.
(d) (For information only) Federal law prohibits a person from taking threatened or endangered species. Taking, under the federal law, may include significant alteration of habitat on any class of land ownership. Compliance with the afforestation incentive rules is not in lieu of compliance with any federal requirements related to the federal Endangered Species Act.


Or. Admin. R. 629-611-0000
DOF 6-1998, f. 3-31-98, cert. ef. 5-1-98; DOF 1-2017, f. 6-9-17, cert. ef. 7/1/2017

Stat. Auth.: ORS 526.490

Stats. Implemented: ORS 526.490

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