The "Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination act of 2000” (P.L. 106-393,) allows for provision of emergency services on federal forestlands. Lane County developed and implemented deputies and support staff to patrol and respond to calls-for-service involving these federal lands. A sergeant, an investigator and four deputy sheriff’s are assigned policing, search & rescue (SAR) and emergency medical responsibilities related to the three National Forests and BLM lands in Lane County.
This program works closely with existing patrol, investigations and SAR operations to provide a visible presence on federal properties. Liaison with federal agencies provides an emergency response capability new to Lane County in this decade. In addition to reported crimes, deputies attend to illegal drug operations, dumping of stolen/abandoned automobiles, environmental enforcement, enhanced marine functions, initial fire response, follow-on support and homeowner fire educational programs.
Deputies in the Forestland Emergency assignment complete an intensive 10-week course which included federal policing procedures, private timber security, fish & game regulation, explosive disposal and drug lab briefings, marijuana eradication, managing search operations, helicopter operations, first responder medical training, incident command system operations, marine operations, a man-tracking course and advanced GPS operations/map reading.
Established in July 2002, the Forestland Emergency Services program returned deputies to the remote forested lands of Lane County.
Have you seen a crime committed? Recreational users of our forest lands, under jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management and the United States Forest Service, may happen upon illegal activities. The Lane County Sheriff's Office encourages you to report observations to: Tip Line
- Provide SAR services per ORS 401.560
- Provide emergency medical services
- Provide patrol services
- Provide investigative services
- Provide Title III accounting