FOREST PRACTICES ADMINISTRATION
Regional Forest Practice Committees
Regional Forest Practice Committee Responsibilities
(1) Pursuant to ORS 527.650 and 527.660, Regional Forest Practice Committees are advisory committees established to assist the Board of Forestry in developing appropriate forest practice rules. The committees are comprised of citizens qualified by education or experience in natural resource management. The committees may review proposed forest practice rules, identify the need to amend forest practice rules or propose amended forest practice rules.
(2) The regional committees will be requested to review proposed forest practice rules whenever:
(a) The proposed rule prescribes operating practices needing review to ensure clarity, technical feasibility and practicality;
(b) The proposed rule deals with administrative matters that the Board determines to be of importance to operators and landowners; or
(c) The Board determines that there is a need to provide for greater public involvement in the rulemaking process for a given rule and chooses the regional committees as a vehicle of that public involvement.
(3) When requested by the Board of Forestry or the State Forester to review proposed rules, the regional committees shall report back to the Board regarding the clarity, technical feasibility, and practicality of the proposed rule as well as any other comments or recommendations the committee may have. For the purpose of this rule, the following definitions apply:
(a) "Clarity" is a test of the ease with which the intent of the rule can be understood by the regulated parties;
(b) "Technical feasibility" is a test of whether the technology exists and is reasonably available to be applied within the region in question;
(c) "Practicality" is a test of whether the rule provides an actual solution to the problem, and when applied, will the rule meet the objectives of the Forest Practices Act.
Member Qualifications, Appointments, Organization
(1) The regional committee members shall be appointed by the Board of Forestry and shall be qualified as prescribed by ORS 527.650.
(2) The chairperson and vice-chairperson of each committee shall be selected by the committee members.
(3) The State Forester shall appoint a member of the Department of Forestry to serve as secretary for each of the committees.
(4) Reports to the Board of Forestry shall be made by the respective regional committee chairperson or the chair's designee.
Stat. Auth.: ORS 527
Stats. Implemented: 527.650
Hist.: FB 2-1988, f. & cert. ef. 5-11-88; FB 2-1995, f. 6-19-95, cert. ef. 7-1-95, Renumbered from 629-055-0410
Conduct of Meetings
(1) The regional committees may determine operating procedures governing the transaction of their business.
(2) The chairperson shall have the usual duties and power of a presiding officer.
(3) All meetings of the regional committees will be conducted as open public meetings. However, although most meetings will provide for the opportunity for public testimony as a necessary means of conducting business, such an opportunity is not required and may be excluded at the discretion of the chairperson when necessary to conduct business.
(4) The committee secretary shall send an agenda together with minutes of the previously held meeting to all members of the committee prior to each committee meeting.