Department seeks scientific articles about salvage logging (Photo)
SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) seeks peer-reviewed scientific journal articles about post-disturbance timber harvest — also known as salvage logging. ODF will use relevant articles to conduct a literature review.
Oregon Senate Bill 1501 directed ODF to make rules related to post-disturbance harvest. A disturbance could be a wildfire, a natural disaster, an extreme weather event, an insect infestation, or a disease outbreak. As part of the process, the Board of Forestry will determine if current post-disturbance harvest rules meet the requirements of Oregon Revised Statue (ORS) 527.714(1)(c) and the Private Forest Accord report.
The literature review will help inform the board about post-disturbance harvest rulemaking needs. As part of the literature review, the department is:
- Reviewing the best possible science.
- Reaching out to experts in the field for additional information.
- Ensuring the public has an opportunity to provide relevant scientific information.
The three main topics ODF is asking the public to send peer-reviewed journal articles about are:
- The effects of post-disturbance harvest on streamside areas and aquatic systems.
- Post-disturbance ecology.
- Post-disturbance natural regeneration.
The public can submit articles from June 2 through June 22 via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via postal mail to: Attn: Elise Chiba, Oregon Department of Forestry, 2600 State Street, Salem, OR 97310.
After completing the literature review, ODF will report the findings to the board in early 2024. The board will then determine whether to start drafting rules or decide that the current rules suffice.
See ODF’s webpages for more information on the Private Forest Accord and Forest Practices Act.