Since its inception in the 1930’s, Oregon’s forest land classification system has evolved in response to changes in land uses and markets, as well as social and political pressures and events. Discussions of where ODF should be providing wildfire protection and where it should not, and who should pay for this protection, have been going on for decades. These issues have come to the fore in recent decades as rapid expansion and development of Wildland
What lands are classified as *“forestland” is important because that determines where within the district the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) has fire protection responsibilities. That is relevant to landowners because 1. Lands classified as “forestland” within the boundary receive protection through ODF, and 2. Lands classified as forestland are assessed for fire protection.