NAC Update
Oregon Department of Forestry
Update issued: March 31, 2016

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DATE: March 31, 2016
SUBJECT: Good news! Oregon Dept. of Forestry
TO: All naturists

Greetings.

Very good news! This is an Update from the Naturist Action Committee (NAC). In coordination with local Oregon naturists and groups, NAC asked you last month to send comments to the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), concerning proposed changes to rules that would have adversely affected naturists in State Forests.

You responded by contacting ODF (and copying NAC). NAC THANKS YOU! Your thoughtful comments have played a significant role in persuading ODF to reconsider its restrictive and punitive proposals addressing nudity.

ANTI-NUDITY RULES REMOVED!
The proposed prohibitions against simple nudity have been removed from the ODF rules, and the revised rules (with no mention of nudity) have been adopted.

QUICK BACKGROUND
The Oregon Department of Forestry proposed changes to ODF's rules regarding conduct and activities within "Designated Recreation Areas" on state forest lands.

A legislative bill addressing ODF's management of State Forests had been passed in 2015 by the Oregon legislature and signed into law by the Governor. Although that legislation (House Bill 2453) authorized ODF to require organizers to obtain permits prior to conducting large commercial events on state forestlands, lawmakers never mentioned the prohibition of nudity. ODF bureaucrats added that rule on their own.

WHAT IS NAC ASKING YOU TO DO?
This is an Update. NAC is not asking you to take further action on this matter at this time.

WHAT DID NAC DO?
NAC board member Don Zirbel reports:

    The Oregon Department of Forestry Board met this past week, and at the recommendation of their Policy Analyst, removed the proposed anti-nudity language, and all other references to nudity, from their Division 25 Rules pertaining to Designated Recreation Areas. The rules would have made acts of simple nudity a Class A Misdemeanor, which in Oregon carries up to a $2500 fine. I also got them to delete a poorly worded provision that would have (presumably inadvertently) created the potential for elevating simple nudity on any state forest land into a Class C Misdemeanor, which carries a possible 30-day jail term in addition to a fine.

    ODF noted that they received 175 comments from the public in opposition to the nudity rule, and none in favor. It is my belief, based on ODF's response to my testimony at the public meeting I attended in January, that the 2015 NEF U.S. Poll played a large part in educating them regarding public opinion toward nude recreation on public lands. It's also evident that the NAC Action Alert directly prompted a sizeable portion of the public responses, based on the number of comments that were cc'd to NAC, as requested by the NAC Action Alert.

NAC acknowledges and thanks the American Association for Nude Recreation and the Northwest Region of AANR for their commitment to this issue and the participation of their volunteers in opposing the proposed anti-nudity rules.

You may listen to an audio recording of the unanimous adoption of the revised rules here:
http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Documents/BOF/20160309/BOFMIN_2016030 9_AUDIO_09.mp3

It's an interesting and rewarding insight into an enlightened bureaucratic board's view of participatory democracy.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
You can find additional information, including this NAC Update, at naturistaction.org/odf or by visiting the NAC web site, naturistaction.org and clicking on ALERTS ADVISORIES & UPDATES.

On the NAC Update page for the proposed ODF rules, you'll find links to the enabling legislation, a list of the State Forest properties that would have been affected, and the texts of the proposed rules on which NAC has been focused.

PLEASE HELP NAC CONTINUE HELPING NATURISTS!
The Naturist Action Committee is committed to vigorous public lands activism on behalf of naturists. NAC is a nonprofit volunteer adjunct to The Naturist Society, a membership organization. NAC has no membership roster and receives no dues money. NAC relies entirely on the voluntary financial support of concerned naturists like YOU.

It feels good when we win! Won't you please make it possible for us to continue doing so by making a generous donation to NAC?

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Thank you once again for choosing to make a difference!

Naturally,
Bob Morton
Executive Director
Naturist Action Committee

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  DESIGNATED RECREATION AREAS
  (to which the removed anti-nudity rules
  would have applied)

  Clatsop State Forest

  • Beaver Eddy Campground - 2 acres
  • Gnat Creek Campground - 5 acres
  • Northrup Creek Campgound - 30 acres
  • Spruce Run Campground - 25 acres

  Tillamook State Forest
 
  Forest Grove District

  • Brown's Camp OHV Campground - 24 acres
  • Elk Creek Campground - 7 acres
  • Gales Creek Campground - 20 acres
  • Reeher's Camp Horse Campground - 20 acres
  • Stagecoach Horse Campground - 20 acres

  Tillamook District

  • Diamond Mill OHV Area - 33 acres
  • Jones Creek Designated Recreation Area - 232 acres
    • Includes the Tillamook Forest Center, Jones Creek Campground and Day-use Area, and Smith Homestead Day-use Area
  • Jordan Creek OHV Campground - 14 acres
  • Keenig Campground - 16 acres
  • Nehalem Falls Campground - 23 acres

  Santiam State Forest

  • Butte Creek Falls Campground - 177 acres
  • Rock Creek Campground - consisting of 3 separate sites, each approximately - 10 acres
  • Santiam Horse Camp - 16 acres
  • Shellburg Falls Recreational Area - 332 acres