Or. Admin. R. 629-676-0100 - Regional Forest Practice Committee Responsibilities
(1) Pursuant to ORS 527.650 and 527.660, Regional Forest Practice Committees are advisory committees established to assist the Board of Forestry in developing appropriate forest practice rules. The committees are comprised of citizens qualified by education or experience in natural resource management. The committees may review proposed forest practice rules, identify the need to amend forest practice rules or propose amended forest practice rules.
(2) The regional committees will be requested to review proposed forest practice rules whenever:
(a) The proposed rule prescribes operating practices needing review to ensure clarity, technical feasibility and practicality;
(b) The proposed rule deals with administrative matters that the Board determines to be of importance to operators and landowners; or
(c) The Board determines that there is a need to provide for greater public involvement in the rulemaking process for a given rule and chooses the regional committees as a vehicle of that public involvement.
(3) When requested by the Board of Forestry or the State Forester to review proposed rules, the regional committees shall report back to the Board regarding the clarity, technical feasibility, and practicality of the proposed rule as well as any other comments or recommendations the committee may have. For the purpose of this rule, the following definitions apply:
(a) "Clarity" is a test of the ease with which the intent of the rule can be understood by the regulated parties;
(b) "Technical feasibility" is a test of whether the technology exists and is reasonably available to be applied within the region in question;
(c) "Practicality" is a test of whether the rule provides an actual solution to the problem, and when applied, will the rule meet the objectives of the Forest Practices Act.
Stat. Auth.: ORS 527
Stats. Implemented: ORS 527.660
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