Forest Department to Host Public Hearings on State Forest Recreation Topics – Northeast Oregon Business News

Forest Department to Host Public Hearings on State Forest Recreation Topics

The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) will host three public hearings focused on recreation issues on Oregon state-owned forests.
 
The three hearings – scheduled in Salem, Portland and Astoria ­– provide a forum for testimony on recreation rule changes aimed to address recent challenges in implementing critical recreation services.
 
Demand for state forest recreation opportunities have outpaced capacity and resources in recent years, often resulting in conflicts between user groups and major issues with sanitation, safety, and vandalism. Proposed rule changes aim to alleviate these challenges and provide the Department with the necessary tools to address long-term solutions.
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The hearings also provide an opportunity to learn and provide comment on new rules for permitting, and health and safety standards for large commercial events, as outlined in House Bill 2453. ODF requests public comment on whether additional options should be considered, and whether these rule changes meet long-term recreation goals while limiting negative economic impact for local and rural businesses.
 
Written and oral testimony may be submitted at each hearing. Written comments may be submitted by February 8, 2016 at 5 p.m., and should be addressed to Justin Butteris, State Forests Policy Analyst, Oregon Department of Forestry, 2600 State Street Building D, Salem, Oregon 97310 or e-mailed to ODF.SFCOMMENTS@oregon.gov.