Okay, we know that all of you deer hunters really want to get to the woods. We too see the forecast of “chance of showers” for this coming weekend. However, it needs to rain ALOT before we will open our lands to the public for recreation. A few days of drizzle will NOT do it. Some of our own employees also want to go hunting too (and they aren’t allowed now either!), but we will not open our lands for any recreation until we receive significant rain. How much? Probably about an inch of rain would do the trick in restoring some of the moisture to the forest vegetation. Until then, enjoy the sun!
From the Corvallis Gazette Times on 9/28/12
For a list of corporate closures go here
SALEM â€” Hunters heading out Saturday on the opening day of deer season in Oregon will find locked gates at the entrances to most private timberlands in the state because of the wildfire danger.
The director of forest protection for the Oregon Forest Industries Council, Mike Dykzeul, said about 50 percent more member acres are closed this year due to dry conditions.
The Oregon Department of Forestry has compiled a list of private and corporate land closures.
Hunter information booths are being set up at a half-dozen locations on major routes to Eastern Oregon.
Connecting Kids with Natural Resources
Kids Day for Conservation is coming to Corvallis and the Benton County Fairgrounds on Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 10 am until 4 pm and everyone is invited!
Kids Day for Conservation, (KDC) is an annual, day-long, natural resource educational event for families from Benton County and the surrounding areas. Over forty natural resource agencies, businesses and organizations from the local area provide free, fun, family-oriented, hands-on activities. This event has been made possible due to the generous support of community members, businesses, agencies, and organizations such as yours. With your support we can continue to provide this popular event.
The major goal of KiKDCds Day for Conservation is to connect youth and adults to the variety of natural resources that we all depend upon and to promote conservation of these resources. The committee is composed of local and regional businesses, agencies and organizations from varied backgrounds and missions. We agree that providing this balanced educational experience forms a strong foundation for responsible use of our natural resources.
Donations to this event are gratefully accepted. Expenses include: wages for facilitation, publicity costs, facility rental, printing and more. To donate to Kids Day for Conservation, complete the contribution form and mail to the Benton County OSU Extension Service, 4077 SW Research Way, Corvallis, 97333. If you have questions, please contact Maggie Livesay, KDC project representative, at 541-766-6750 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your contributions to Kids Day for Conservation are very much appreciated, and we thank you for your generous support!
**This article is taken from the Kids Day for Conservation webpage of the Benton County Extension Service website: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/benton/KDC
The Industrial Fire Precaution Level is Level 2. Level 2 means that forest operation sites are required to have fire prevention equipment, firefighting equipment, and a fire watch after shutdown.
Under Industrial Fire Precaution Level 2, the use of fire or power-driven machinery in any operation area is unlawful unless such use is in compliance with the following:
Partial Shutdown. The following activities are not permitted between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., except as noted:
1. Power saws, except power saws used at loading sites.
2. Cable yarding.
4. Welding or cutting of metal.
These restrictions will remain in effect until replaced or terminated by an additional Closedown Order of the State Forester or an authorized representative.
Due to continued hot and dry conditions, the West Oregon District WO-1 will be moving to an Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) 3 beginning Tuesday, September 18, 2012.
Starker Forests shuts down forest harvest operations when the humidity drops below 30% at the harvest site. Additional restrictions occur when the Oregon Department of Forestry issues a proclamation that we are in IFPL 3. These decisions are evaluated on a daily basis.
What does this mean for the recreational permittee?
As of Wednesday, September 18th, our gates are locked and walk-in/bike-in/ride-in (horse) use is permitted. It is possible that we will keep our gates locked when the upcoming deer season begins on September 29th. It is also possible that we will close our lands completely for all recreation users due to high fire danger. The decision has not yet been made by the managers at Starker Forests and will be dependent on weather. Check back with our website or find us on Facebook or call our office for the current status.
What does this mean for our forest operators?
LEVEL III â€“ Partial Shutdown:
The following are prohibited except as indicated:
Â· cable yarding â€“ except that gravity operated logging systems employing non-motorized carriages may operate between 8 P.M and 1 P.M. when all blocks and moving lines are suspended 10 feet above the ground except the line between the carriage and the chokers.
Â· power saws â€“ except power saws may be used at loading sites and on tractor/skidder operations between the hours of 8 P.M. and 1 P.M. local time;
In addition, the following are permitted to operate between the hours of 8 P.M. and 1 P.M. local time:
Â· Tractor, skidder, feller-buncher, forwarder, or shovel logging operations where tractors, skidders, or other equipment with a blade capable of constructing fireline are immediately available to quickly reach and effectively attack a fire start;
Â· mechanized loading or hauling of any product or material; blasting;
Â· welding or cutting of metal;
Â· any other spark emitting operation not specifically mentioned.