Salem Record of Decision and Resource Management Plan

Salem Record of Decision

Salem District Resource Management Plan Table of Contents:

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- Appendices

Special Forest Products


Objectives

Manage for the production and sale of special forest products when demand is present and where actions taken are consistent with primary objectives for the land use allocation.

Use the principles of ecosystem management to guide the management and harvest of special forest products.

Land Use Allocations

No land use allocations are made specifically for special forest products.

Management Actions/Direction —

Riparian Reserves

Where catastrophic events result in degraded riparian conditions, allow fuelwood cutting if required to attain Aquatic Conservation Strategy objectives.

Management Actions/Direction —

Late-Successional Reserves

Permit fuelwood gathering only in existing cull decks, in areas where green trees are marked by silviculturists for thinning, in areas where blowdown is blocking roads, and in recently harvested timber sale units where down material will impede scheduled post-sale activities or pose a unacceptable risk of future large scale disturbance. In all cases, these activities will comply with management actions/direction for Late-Successional Reserves.

Evaluate whether special forest product harvest activities have adverse effects on Late-Successional Reserve objectives.

Prior to selling special forest products, ensure resource sustainability and protection of other resource values such as special status plants or animal species.

Where special forest product activities are extensive, evaluate whether they have significant effects on late-successional habitat. Restrictions may be appropriate in some cases.

Management Actions/Direction —

All Land Use Allocations

Allow harvest of special forest products throughout the district but apply the following area and plant species/group restrictions:

("X"s in both columns of the following chart means that harvesting in some sites/areas will be limited to seasons, amounts, etc., and harvesting in other sites/areas will not be allowed.)

Area Limited
Harvest
No
Harvest
Areas of Critical Environmental
Concern (not RNAs or ONAs)
X X
Research Natural Areas   X
Outstanding Natural Areas   X
Environmental Education Areas   X
Special Habitats (cliffs, talus slopes,
meadows, wetlands, etc.)
X X
Developed Recreation Sites   X
Special Status Plant
and Animal Sites
X X
Connectivity/Diversity Blocks X  
Late-Successional Reserves X  
Riparian Reserves X  
Wilderness   X
Wild and Scenic Rivers
(designated and found
suitable for designation)
X  
Wild and Scenic Rivers
(tentative wild)
  X

(Limited harvest in the following chart means harvesting will be restricted to certain seasons, amounts, sites/areas, etc.)

Species or Group Limited
Harvest
No
Harvest
Special Status and
SEIS Special Attention Species
  X
Other Species    
  Lily family (Liliaceae) X  
  Orchid family (Orchidaceae) X  
  Iris family (Iricacidae) X  
  Truffles X  
  Lichens X  
  Ferns X  
  Conifers (boughs) X  
  Mosses X  
  Mushrooms X  

Establish specific guidelines for the management of individual special forest products using interdisciplinary review as needed. Management guidelines will be based on the ecological characteristics of the special forest products species and the requirements of associated plant, animal, and fungal species. Guidelines will include provisions that minimize changes in site productivity. Monitoring of harvest activities and the effects of harvest will be part of special forest products management. Feasibility to harvest newly identified special forest products species will receive interdisciplinary review.

Promote burning of dry fuelwood by activities such as making available copies of Oregon Department of Environmental Quality publications to fuelwood purchasers.