This is a news release issued by the Oregon Department of Forestry regarding riparian rule hearing dates (available at ODF News Section):
Release date: October 25, 2016
Kyle Abraham, email@example.com, 503-945-7473
Mary Schmelz, firstname.lastname@example.org, 503-945-7248
ODF schedules public hearings for proposed rule changes to stream buffers for cold-water fish
The public will have an opportunity to comment on proposed rulemaking that would increase stream buffers by 10 feet and approximately double standards for trees left after harvest to protect salmon, steelhead and bull trout in western Oregon. The proposed rulemaking would affect streams that are west of the crest of the Cascades but not in the Siskiyou region, are classified as small or medium fish-bearing streams, and are determined to have salmon, steelhead or bull trout present. For all other streams, the current rules will continue to apply.
The public hearings will be held in conjunction with informational open houses throughout the state beginning November 1:
November 1, 2016 4pm – 7pm Oregon Garden, NREC Room, Silverton
November 3, 2016 4pm – 7pm Keizer Civic Community Center, Keizer
November 9, 2016 4pm – 7pm Douglas County Fairgrounds, Roseburg
November 10, 2016 4pm – 7pm Coos History Center, Coos Bay
November, 15 2016 4pm – 7pm Florence Event Center, Florence
November, 16 2016 4pm – 7pm Clatsop Community College, Astoria
December 6, 2016 4pm – 7pm Willamalane Center, Springfield
December 7, 2016 4:30pm – 7:30pm Forest Grove Community Aud., Forest Grove
December 8, 2016 Noon – 3pm Civic Center Room, Dallas City Hall, Dallas
December 8, 2016 4pm – 7pm Department of Forestry, Tillamook Room, Salem
December 15, 2016 4pm – 7pm Ecotrust, Billy Frank Conference Room, Portland
UPDATE: Rescheduled for January 30, 2017
For questions about accessibility, special accommodations or other information about attending a meeting please call 503-945-7502.
Public comments may also be submitted online through March 1, 2017 at RiparianRule@oregon.gov or by mail to Oregon Department of Forestry, 2600 State St., Salem, Oregon 97310, Attn: “Stream Rules”. After public comment is received, the Board of Forestry will consider final proposed rules in April, 2017.
More information on riparian rulemaking can be found on the Oregon Department of Forestry’s public website www.oregon.gov/ODF at Streamside (Riparian) Buffer Rules.