Salmon, Steelhead, Bull Trout Streams Forest Practices Act Rules: Introduction

Salmon, Steelhead, Bull Trout Streams Forest Practices Act Rules: Introduction


Hello and welcome to the Oregon
Department of Forestry! In this video we’re going to talk about the Oregon
Forest Practices Act rules for salmon steelhead and bull trout stream
protections. So, these SSBT stream rules apply to the area west of the Cascades
and north of the Siskiyou region. Protecting fish and clean water has been central to
Oregon’s Forest Practices Act since it became law. These laws protect natural resources and have been updated many times. Oregon’s forests produce some of the highest-quality water in the state, and
private forest lands helped make that happen. Many people value the benefits forests provide and are willing to invest in them. For instance, Oregonians voluntarily
invested over 100 million dollars to restore streams and salmon habitat
through Oregon’s plan for salmon and watersheds. Complementing these efforts
the Board of Forestry also saw a need to improve buffers on SSBT streams. It
unanimously adopted the rules after consulting with representatives of the
conservation, forestry, fishing, and landowner communities. The rule was
written with input from these communities, the public, scientists, and partner
agencies. The board develops rules informed by science and public input. To
protect cold water the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality set the cold
water standard. It’s meant to protect streams from temperature increases
caused by human activity. Studies showed that stream temperatures on some lands
after harvests exceeded the DEQ standard. And, the SSBT rules aim to fix that.
To sum it up, the board adopted rules that define SSBT streams, which
require wider buffers and more trees be left behind for shade to help protect
water quality. If you want more information you should contact the local
stewardship forester, using the find a forester link on the Oregon Department
of Forestry’s website. Thank you and hope you enjoy Oregon’s forests!

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