One of the great joys of living in the Willamette Valley is the predominately rural character of the communities. The fields, orchards, wildlife habitats, and timbered lands all exist within easy reach of urban centers and well-developed small towns. This closeness to nature attracts many people to the Willamette Valley, but it also creates some unique issues for landowners.
This document is only a point of beginning to get the most from your land. The issues to be considered in owning land can range from construction and engineering, to business practices, animal care and management, and government regulations. Many questions that may arise are complex, and individual situations often require interpretation and unique solutions. Sources of information listed at the end of some sections may help direct your questions to the correct agencies or businesses.
Stewardship of the land and its resources is an important aspect of rural life. This handbook has been prepared so landowners have an easy way of identifying subjects they need to address in using their land. This book provides easy access to sources of additional information, however laws and regulations can change at any time. It is your responsibility to ensure you are up to date with laws and regulations. Contact appropriate agencies for up-to-date information.