When it passed the Forest Practices Act in 1971, Oregon became the first state to pass legislation that protected forest resources during logging practices, and require reforestation for logging areas. According to the act, reforestation is required in any area where the stock drops below established standards immediately after the harvest of trees. Landowners are allotted one year to begin reforestation, and two years to finish replanting. They must also control other vegetation in the area, so that conifers are given a good chance for growth without competing for local resources with other flora; conifers must be able to grow freely and sustainably no more than six years after the initial reforestation procedures.
Since 1971, other states that have adopted similar reforestation policies include Alaska, California, Idaho, Maryland, New Jersey and Washington.
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