The public is invited to the MidCoast Watersheds Council meeting on Thursday, September 3rd at 6:30 pm in Newport, to learn about the changes Department of Forestry is considering in terms of protecting streamside buffers of trees (riparian protection rules). These rules are being revised to help keep stream temperatures cool. The meeting is held in the public meeting room of the Central Lincoln PUD building located at 2129 N Coast Hwy in Newport, across from the Safeway complex. Refreshments will be served.
Terry Frueh will be the presenter. He is a monitoring specialist with Oregon Department of Forestry where he is involved with monitoring the effectiveness of the Forest Practice Rules. He has a master’s degree in Water Resources Engineering (focus on geomorphology) from Oregon State University and a masters in Hydrologic Science from University of California, Davis. He’s worked as a hydrologist, as a watershed conservationist and as a researcher for the Department of Geosciences at Oregon State University.
The Oregon Board of Forestry (the policy-making body for ODF) must develop best management practices that meet water quality standards to the “maximum extent practicable”. Currently the Department of Forestry (ODF) is analyzing rule changes for riparian buffers, working with a group of stakeholders.
These riparian rules were last revised in the 1990s. As a result of a Board finding of degradation (based on a Department analysis), and as part of ODF’s adaptive management approach, work began in 2012 to analyze changing the rules. Monitoring and analysis showed that the rules fell short of the “protecting cold water (PCW)” standard where salmon and steelhead (and bull trout) are present. Analyses indicate that larger buffers are needed to protect cool water and that these need to be applied to small and medium fish streams.
Terry will present information about study results that form the basis for action and discuss the decisions in front of the Board of Forestry. A decision of the BOF is tentatively scheduled for November.
Please join us Thursday September 3rd at 6:30 to learn about these potential Forest Practice Act changes.