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Government Impact on Vandevert Forests


The Oregon Forestland-Urban Interface Fire Protection Act of 1997 (generally known as SB 360) recommends and supports the modification of private urban and suburban properties to make defense against wildfires safer and more effective.  The Vandevert ranch foreman contributed to the development of this legislation. 

The state may recover fire suppression costs from a property owner if a fire originates on the owner's property, the fuel reduction standards have not been met, and the Oregon Department of Forestry incurs extraordinary suppression costs.  Certification that fuels reduction standards have been met relieves a property owner from the act’s fire cost-recovery liability.  Most private lots on the ranch meet the standards for certification and some have been formally certified.  The common land is moving in the direction of meeting certification standards and has the potential to achieve them within five years.

Vandevert Ranch, Sunriver, Crosswater, and Oregon Water Wonderland are generally classified as “Extreme Risk” except that the ranch meadows and pasture are classified as “High Risk”.  In contrast, the Blue Eagle Road neighborhood is classified as “High Density Extreme Risk”).  (See the ODF Map of Urban Interface Areas in the Appendices.)

See ODF Standards for ODF certification in the appendices and ODF description of the legislation at www.oregon.gov/ODF/FIRE/SB360/sb360.shtml

The federal Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 aims to accomplish the following:

  • Reduce dense undergrowth (that fuels catastrophic fires) through thinning and prescribed burns;
  • Improve the public involvement in the review process by providing opportunities for earlier participation, thus accomplishing projects in a more timely fashion;
  • Select projects on a collaborative basis involving local, tribal, state, Federal and non-governmental entities;
  • Focus projects on Federal lands that meet strict criteria for risk of wildfire damage to communities, water supply systems and the environment;
  • Authorize the Healthy Forests Reserve Program, to protect, restore and enhance degraded forest ecosystems on private lands to promote the recovery of threatened and endangered species;
  • Encourage biomass energy production through grants and assistance to local communities creating market incentives for removal of otherwise valueless forest material; and
  • Develop an accelerated program on certain Federal lands to combat insect infestations.

ODF and Other Government Agencies

Every year the ranch is required to submit a Notification of Operations to the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF).  The notification is essentially a description of work to be performed in the year ahead (e.g. thinning, fuels reduction, planting).  The description is not detailed and there is latitude to undertake different tasks.  Unusual forestry work (e.g. clear-cutting, extensive harvesting operations) would require specific approval. 

ODF has assisted the ranch in administering a U.S. Department of Forestry grant to partially reimburse the ranch for up to 33 acres of fuel reduction in 2007 and 2008. 

For more information see Government Agencies in the appendices.

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