Public hearings scheduled Aug. 23–25 on Oregon's Certified Burn Manager Program rules; program will provide training, certification to conduct prescribed burns that cross property boundaries, reduce individual liability when following program criteria

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OLYMPIA, Washington , August 10, 2022 (press release) –

Public hearings are scheduled August 23–25 to gather feedback on an administrative rules package establishing the Certified Burn Manager Program authorized by Oregon Revised Statue 526.360 and reemphasized under Senate Bill 762 (2021). This program will provide people with training and certification to conduct prescribed burns that cross property boundaries and reduce individual liability when following program criteria.

See the notice of proposed rulemaking for draft rule language for Oregon Administrative Rules 629-042-1000 to 629-042-1070.

Comment can be made at any of the virtual public meetings below:

(Note: Each meeting has a separate Zoom link)

Comments can also be sent to until 5 p.m. on August 31, 2022.

The Board of Forestry approved the public hearing process for the proposed rule package, Oregon Administrative Rules 629-042-1000 to 629-042-1070, during their July 20 meeting. The department consulted with a rulemaking advisory committee (RAC) to draft the proposed rules. The RAC included representatives from the Oregon Prescribed Fire Council, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Confederated Tribes of Grande Ronde, Associated Oregon Loggers, The Nature Conservancy, Oregon Forest Industries Council, Oregon Small Woodlands Association, Oregon State University and Sustainable Northwest.

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