Meetings important for forested land owners

POLK COUNTY -- Rural Polk County landowners will have opportunities at two public meetings this month to learn the results of a year-long forestland classification project identifying forestland withi



POLK COUNTY -- Rural Polk County landowners will have opportunities at two public meetings this month to learn the results of a year-long forestland classification project identifying forestland within the county to be assessed for fire protection by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

The meetings are scheduled Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Buell Grange Hall, 5970 Mill Creek Road, northwest of Dallas off Highway 22; and Monday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. at the Falls City Fire Department, 320 N. Main St., Falls City.

Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), which is responsible for protecting public and private forestland from fire, has been serving areas in the Polk County portion of the West Oregon Forest Protection District for several decades. A formal classification project to determine which lands within that boundary are to be protected by ODF was recently completed. To support that service, owners of classified forestlands are assessed for fire protection through their annual property tax statements.

Polk County Forestland Classification Committee members will be on hand during the meetings to describe the work done by the committee and answer questions of property owners.

For more information about the project: http://www.co.polk.or.us/fccl. For more information about the meetings: Jeff Classen, 503-623-8146.



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