Month: February 2014

New USFS “special products” permits on private land

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I just received an email regarding new rules about hunting mushrooms on private property.  Apparently you will need a written permisson form from the landowner, issued by the forest service.  Perhaps it only pertains to truffle hunting.  There will be a hearing on the new ruling and your opinion is desired if you feel so inclined. This will be of particular interest to those who harvest on friends’ land.  Here is the letter:

To whom it may concern,

You are on this distribution because you have either:

·         participated in meetings that involved this subject;

·         asked to be kept up to date on this particular subject;

·         are required to be notified about rulemaking for Oregon Department of Forestry, per 629-001-0000; or,

·         are part of the advisory committee overseeing this process.

The purpose of this email is to update you on where we are in the rulemaking process as a result of HB2615, which tasked the State Board of Forestry with identifying special forest products and tasked the State Forester with amending forms landowners can use to provide permission to harvest special forest products on their land.  The State Forester was also tasked with amending forms associated with permission for donation of special forest products and for buyers to use in tracking the special forest products they receive.

An emergency clause existed with the bill, taking effect on its passage of June 4, 2013.  The State Forester has since amended the forms described in the bill.  They are located at – http://www.oregon.gov/odf/privateforests/Pages/HB-2615-Special-Forest-Products.aspx.  On November 14, 2013, approval was given to ODF by the State Board of Forestry to begin rulemaking.

Hearings will be held in March (see attached news release) to brief the public on the timeline associated with the rulemaking process as it pertains to HB2615.  The floor will also be opened for comments by the public as they relate to the draft rule language pertaining to the definition of special forest products and the criteria necessary for modifying the definition of special forest products in the future (see truffle handout).

Comments can also be received by email, mail or fax:

Written comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on April 1, 2014. Submissions should be addressed to: Private Forests HB 2615 Rulemaking, Oregon Department of Forestry, 2600 State Street, Salem, OR 97310; email to ODFPFComments@odf.state.or.us; or fax (503) 945-7490.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call or email me.  My contact information is in the signature line below.  The draft rule language is also attached.

Sincerely,

Angie Johnson

Policy Analyst

Oregon Department of Forestry

Private Forests Division

2600 State Street, Bldg D

Salem, OR  97310

(503) 945-7387

ajohnson@odf.state.or.us

20140220_Truffles and other Forest Treats_Handout

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