Forestland Classification & Review Committee

Public Information:
Meeting Announcement:
January 11, 2018.  2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Background

State law recognizes the importance of protecting Oregon’s landscape from wildfire. Landowners have a responsibility by law to protect their property from fire, and potential liability in the event a fire spreads to other ownerships. This arrangement protects the individual landowner, his/her neighbors, and the forest resource. The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) provides fire protection on forest and grazing lands through a public-private partnership, funded by landowners and the state. Some of the private portion is collected through per-parcel fees. The state provides dollars through its General Fund, in recognition of the broader public role in wildfire protection.

Wildfire Protection in Yamhill County

The Oregon Department of Forestry is responsible for protecting public and private forestland from fire, including the "wildland-Urban interface" where houses and other structures lie within the reach of wildfire. For Yamhill County, this protection is provided by the West Oregon District and the Forest Grove. 

Forestlands in Yamhill County have been part of the Department of Forestry's protection responsibility for many decades; however a formal classification determination for forestland has not been done since the districts were formed. Forestland Classification determines which lands within the District boundary are protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. Classified forestlands are assessed for fire protection through their annual property tax statement to support that service.

The purpose of this website is to provide Yamhill County residents with information about the Forest Classification and Review process, timely notice of the next meeting, access to minutes from previous meetings, and information and links about fire prevention and protection.

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