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Friday, January 18, 2019

Forestland Classification Filed with Deschutes County Clerk


[Bend, Ore.]  The Deschutes County Forestland Classification Committee adopted final classifications for forestland in Deschutes County on January 7, 2019. Prior to adoption the committee discussed the public hearing and public meetings held in December and reviewed the Hearings Officer Report.  Committee secretary Gordon Foster, Prineville-Sisters Unit Forester of the Oregon Department of Forestry, filed the written order with the Deschutes County Clerk’s Office January 17, 2019.  Included in this filing is a list of taxlots with associated Class 2(timber & grazing) and Class 3 (grazing) acreages.
As per Oregon Revised Statute 526.332 any landowner who is aggrieved by the classification may, within thirty days, appeal to the Deschutes County Circuit Court.  Notice of the appeal shall also be served on the secretary of the committee in care of Oregon Department of Forestry, 3501 NE 3rd Street / PO BOX 670, Prineville, OR 97754. 
The written order, finding of fact, and searchable list of taxlots can be found online at www.ODFcentraloregon.com.
Committee members have spent several years establishing the criteria for the classifications based on conditions such as site productivity, current stocking, species, natural features, climate, topography, extent of fire hazards and other physical, social and economic conditions.  Classification of forestland across the county was reviewed by the committee based on this criteria and the appropriate classification applied.  The applicable criteria and other information regarding forestland classification can be found on the Forestland Classification page on the Central Oregon District website (www.ODFcentraloregon.com).  Questions regarding forestland classification should be directed to Gordon Foster (541-447-5658).
Classification Committee Members:
Ed Keith, County Representative (committee chair)
Gordon Foster, ODF Representative (committee secretary)
Nicole Strong, OSU Extension Representative
Jeremy Ast, State Fire Marshall Representative
Bill Swarts, Timberland Representative
Matt Cyrus, Grazing land Representative
For additional information about forestland classification please visit www.ODFcentraloregon.com.


Searchable List of Taxlots and Classified Acres  (Use ctrl F in the PDF to access the search bar)

Written Order and Finding of Fact Filed With Deschutes County Clerk

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Deschutes County Forestland Classification Committee Meeting


January 2, 2019
[Sisters, Ore.]  The Deschutes County Forestland Classification Committee will be meeting Monday, January 7, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. at the Department of Forestry Office in Sisters (16721 Pine Tree Lane, Sisters, OR).  The committee will review public hearing and meeting information from December and final edits to the Deschutes County Forestland Classification.  Upon approval of the final classification the committee will review the documents required for certification with the Deschutes County Clerk.
Classification Committee Members:
Ed Keith, County Representative (committee chair)
Gordon Foster, ODF Representative (committee secretary)
Nicole Strong, OSU Extension Representative
Jeremy Ast, State Fire Marshall Representative
Bill Swarts, Timberland Representative
Matt Cyrus, Grazing land Representative
For additional information about forestland classification please visit www.ODFcentraloregon.com.

The meeting is open to the public.  If special materials, services or assistance is required, please contact Gordon Foster at the Oregon Department of Forestry office in Prineville at least 48 hours in advance, (541) 447-5658.

Deschutes County Forestland Classification Public Hearing Information

The Public Hearing for the Deschutes County Forestland Classification was held December 3, 2018 in Bend, Oregon.  Audio for the hearing is available here.

The Hearing Officer's Report can be found here.


DESCHUTES COUNTY FORESTLAND CLASSIFICATION COMMITTEE
HEARING OFFICER’S REPORT

Date:        December 11, 2018

To:            Deshutes County Forestland Classification Committee

From:       Tracy Wrolson

Subject:   Hearing Officer’s Report on ORS 526.328(1) Public Hearing and Written Testimony

Hearing Date:     December 3, 2018

Hearing Location:   Deschutes County Services Building, Bend, Oregon

A public hearing called pursuant to ORS 526.328(1), relating to preliminary forestland classifications adopted by the Deschutes County Forestland Classification Committee, was convened at 6:46 pm on Monday, December 3, 2018.  This hearing was to take testimony on work done by the Classification Committee in Crook County.

People attending the hearing were asked to sign registration forms and to indicate if they wanted to present oral comments to the Committee.  They were informed of the procedures for making oral comments and for submitting written comments.

Before receiving oral comments, I briefly summarized the purpose for the hearing, described the role and limitations of the Hearing Officer and the Classification Committee.  I also outlined requirements the Committee must adhere to when reviewing written comments submitted following the public hearing.  I indicated the opportunity to submit written comments would remain open until 5:00 pm on December 10, 2018.  In addition, it was noted that the proceedings of the public hearing were being recorded.

At the hearing, no names were entered on the public hearing testimony sign-in sheet.  Of the one individual in attendance, no oral comments were provided.  The complete audio of the public hearing is available at www.ODFcentraloregon.com.

Following the public hearing on December 3, 2018, the Committee received no written testimonies by the 5:00 pm deadline on December 10, 2018.


Tracy Wrolson
Hearing Officer


If you were unable to attend the pubic meetings, but would like to view the presentation materials they can be viewed at this link.