In managing forest lands as provided in OAR 629-035-0020 (Greatest Permanent Value), the State Forester shall develop Forest Management Plans, based on the best available science, that establish the general management framework for the planning area of forest land. The Board may review, modify, or terminate a plan at any time; however the Board shall review the plans no less than every ten years. The State Forester shall develop implementation and operations plans for forest management plans that describe smaller-scale, more specific management activities within the planning area.
Forest Management Plans must contain the following elements:
Guiding principles, that include legal mandates and Board of Forestry policies. Taken together, these principles shall guide development of the management plan.
Description and assessment of the resources on state forest lands within the planning area and consideration of the surrounding ownership in order to provide a landscape context. The description and assessment includes general statements of the current conditions of each of the resources, and the laws, policies, and programs that affect the resources and their management.
Management strategies, which describe how the State Forester will manage the forest resources in the planning area to achieve the goals articulated in the plan. The strategies shall identify management techniques the State Forester may use to achieve the goals of the plan during the implementation phase of the plan.
General guidelines for asset management, which provide overall direction on investments, marketing, and expenses.
General guidelines for implementation, monitoring, research, and adaptive management. The guidelines shall describe:
The process for implementing Forest Management Plans;
The approach for determining whether the strategies are meeting the goals of the Forest Management Plans; and
The process for determining the validity of the assumptions used in developing the strategies.
The State Forester shall be guided by the following stewardship principles in developing and implementing Forest Management Plans:
The plans shall include strategies that provide for actively managing forest land in the planning area.
The plans shall include strategies that:
Contribute to biological diversity of forest stand types and structures at the landscape level and over time:
through application of silvicultural techniques that provide a variety of forest conditions and resources; and
through conserving and maintaining genetic diversity of forest tree species.
Manage forest conditions to result in a high probability of maintaining and restoring properly functioning aquatic habitats for salmonids, and other native fish and aquatic life, and protecting, maintaining, and enhancing native wildlife habitats, recognizing that forests are dynamic and that the quantity and quality of habitats for species will change geographically and over time.
Provide for healthy forests by:
managing forest insects and diseases through an integrated pest management approach; and
utilizing appropriate genetic sources of forest tree seed and tree species in regeneration programs.
Maintain or enhance long-term forest soil productivity.
The Board’s approval of the plan represents its determination that activities carried out or allowed by the State Forester under subsection (6) of this section meet the obligation to secure the greatest permanent value to the state as defined in OAR 629-035-0020 (Greatest Permanent Value).
Once the management plan is approved by the Board as provided in subsection (5) of this section:
The Board shall adopt the plan as an administrative rule.
The State Forester shall implement the plan through more specific, small scale or time limited plans that are consistent with the Forest Management Plan.