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Planning for Reforestation: Regulations and Costs

This paper describes (1) regulations in the Oregon Forest Practices Act (OFPA) relating to reforestation planning, and (2) estimated operational costs for reforestation on small private forestland holdings in northwestern Oregon. The OFPA regulates harvesting and other activities on forestland to promote the growing and harvesting of trees while protecting soil, air, water, and fish and wildlife resources. Rules within the Act require landowners to reforest when stocking after harvesting is below certain levels. In general, landowners must plant a minimum of 100-200 trees per acre within two years after harvest. By the end of the sixth year after harvest, a minimum of 100-200 trees must meet the “free to grow” condition, where they are healthy and outcompeting nearby plants. The OFPA also prohibits “type 3 harvests” (generally what would be considered “clearcuts”) from exceeding 120 acres until new stands are established in adjacent type 3 harvest units.


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Author(s): Bradley A. Knotts

Publication: Advances and Challenges in Forest Regeneration

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