MEDFORD, Ore. -- The Jackson and Josephine County Forestland Classification project is nearing completion. The Classification Committee has scheduled one last Public Meeting and a Public Hearing on March 17, 2021 via Zoom. The Public Meeting will begin at 7:00 PM, directly followed by the Public Hearing. A link to the meetings will be available HERE and the District’s Facebook page on the day of the meeting.
At the Public Hearing, landowners will have a chance to give written or verbal testimony on the draft results, and the process that the committee used. To participate, landowners must sign up to give testimony by emailing email@example.com prior to Tuesday, March 16 at 5 p.m. The committee will evaluate this testimony prior to the final results of the classification being submitted to the County Clerks for certification on April 1.
The Oregon Department of Forestry Southwest Oregon District utilizes a forestland classification process to determine which lands are classified as timber or grazing in Jackson and Josephine Counties. Classified lands are assigned a fire patrol assessment that pays for the cost of wildfire protection. At the Public Meeting, landowners will hear a presentation from the Jackson and Josephine County Forestland Classification Committee on the process used to update this land classification in the counties.
This project has been ongoing since 2017 with the appointment of a local committee by the County Board of Commissioners of Jackson and Josephine counties.
Committee members include: Dave Larson, Max Bennett, Randy White, Charlie Phenix, Mike Hussey, Jake Groves and Marty Main.
Landowners who have questions about their specific property can contact the closest unit:
Central Point, (541) 664-3328
Grants Pass, (541) 474-3152