Oregon’s forest protection laws
The Oregon Forest Practices Act* requires:
- Reforestation: Landowners must complete replanting within two years after harvest. Within six years, the harvest area must be a healthy stand of trees that can outgrow competing grass and brush.
- Protection of water sources: Timber harvesting, road building and chemical use are restricted close to streams to protect fish and drinking water.
- Protection of wildlife habitat: Live trees, snags and fallen logs must be left after harvest to provide structure for wildlife habitat.
- Limits on clearcuts: A clearcut cannot be more than 120 acres. Clearcuts within 300 feet of each other cannot total more than 120 acres on the same ownership.