Sen. Ron Wyden has succeeded in pushing his O&C lands act through committee. There are lots of points in the act to discuss, but this one is interesting. I haven’t been paying close attention to the bill since last year. This provision for Private Landowner Actions on Federal Land was included in the Dec. 2013 version of the bill, but the amended bill just approved by the committee adds one key change — see Section F below….
‘‘(B) PRIVATE LANDOWNER ACTIONS ON FEDERAL LAND.—
‘‘(1) IN GENERAL
.—Without a permit from the
Secretary, a person may enter and treat adjacent
Federal land in a Dry or Moist Forestry Emphasis
Area that is located within 100 feet of the residence
of that person if—
‘‘(A) the residence is in existence on the
date of enactment of the Oregon and California
Land Grant Act of 2014;
‘‘(B) the treatment is carried out at the
expense of the person;
‘‘(C) the person notifies the Secretary of
the intent to treat that land; and
‘‘(D) the Secretary has adequate super-
visory, monitoring, and enforcement resources
to ensure that the person carries out the treat-
ment activities in accordance with paragraph (3).
‘‘(A) No dead tree, nest tree, legacy tree,
or tree greater than 16 inches in diameter shall
‘‘(B) No herbicide or insecticide applica18
tion shall be used.
‘‘(C) Vegetation shall be cut so that—
‘‘(i) less flammable species are favored
for retention; and
‘‘(ii) the adequate height and spacing
between bushes and trees are maintained.
‘‘(D) Any residual trees shall be pruned…
‘‘(F) Any material of commercial value
generated by the activity authorized in paragraph (1)
is the property of the United States.