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Lena Tucker, who lives in Linn County, has been named as Oregon's next Deputy State Forester
Lena Tucker, who lives in Linn County, has been named as Oregon's next Deputy State Forester
Linn County resident Lena Tucker selected to be Oregon's next Deputy State Forester (Photo) - 01/14/19

(SALEM, Ore.) – The Oregon Department of Forestry today announced the selection of Lena Tucker as the next Deputy State Forester. Tucker follows Nancy Hirsch, who retired from the position in December. Under the department’s current organizational structure, the Deputy State Forester serves as the Deputy Director for Operations, overseeing the agency’s operating programs in Fire Protection, Private Forests, and State Forests.

"I am very excited to work with Lena in her new role. She has a proven record of leadership within the department and at the local and national levels,” said State Forester Peter Daugherty.

Tucker joined the department in 1994. She brings a range of experience from geographic areas throughout Oregon and has worked in all of the department’s program areas, including Fire Protection. Most recently she served as the agency’s Private Forests Division Chief, where she focused on implementation of the Oregon Forest Practices Act, forest health, technical assistance programs to help private forest landowners, and the Urban and Community Forestry Program. She earned her bachelor’s degree in forest management from Northern Arizona University. Tucker, who lives in Sweet Home, Ore., is a member of that city’s Tree Commission and has been involved nationally with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) for over a decade. She is also a Certified Forester through the Society of American Foresters.

“I am committed to the mission of ODF: serving Oregonians by protecting, managing and promoting stewardship of Oregon’s forests to enhance environmental, economic, and community sustainability,” Tucker said.

Under an existing transition plan, Tucker will take over full responsibility for the position on July 1, 2019.

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Lena Tucker has been named as Oregon's new Deputy State Forester
Lena Tucker has been named as Oregon's new Deputy State Forester
Lena Tucker selected to be Deputy State Forester (Photo) - 01/14/19

(SALEM, Ore.) – The Oregon Department of Forestry today announced the selection of Lena Tucker as the next Deputy State Forester. Tucker follows Nancy Hirsch, who retired from the position in December. Under the department’s current organizational structure, the Deputy State Forester serves as the Deputy Director for Operations, overseeing the agency’s operating programs in Fire Protection, Private Forests, and State Forests.

"I am very excited to work with Lena in her new role. She has a proven record of leadership within the department and at the local and national levels,” said State Forester Peter Daugherty.

Tucker joined the department in 1994. She brings a range of experience from geographic areas throughout Oregon and has worked in all of the department’s program areas, including Fire Protection. Most recently she served as the agency’s Private Forests Division Chief, where she focused on implementation of the Oregon Forest Practices Act, forest health, technical assistance programs to help private forest landowners, and the Urban and Community Forestry Program. She earned her bachelor’s degree in forest management from Northern Arizona University. Tucker, who lives in Sweet Home, Ore., is a member of that city’s Tree Commission and has been involved nationally with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) for over a decade. She is also a Certified Forester through the Society of American Foresters.

“I am committed to the mission of ODF: serving Oregonians by protecting, managing and promoting stewardship of Oregon’s forests to enhance environmental, economic, and community sustainability,” Tucker said.

Under an existing transition plan, Tucker will take over full responsibility for the position on July 1, 2019.

Committee for Family Forestlands meets Jan. 22 in Salem - 01/10/19

SALEM, Ore. – The Committee for Family Forestlands will meet Tuesday, Jan. 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Salem. The meeting will be in the Santiam Room of Building D on the campus of the Oregon Department of Forestry, 2600 State Street.  The committee will receive updates about:

  • recent work of ODF’s Private Forests Division
  • family forestland dwelling allowance
  • Siskiyou streamside protections review
  • pesticide stewardship partnership
  • an update on incentives
  • Operator of the Year winners for 2018

The meeting is open to the public. Public comments will be accepted near the start of the meeting after approval of the minutes. The meeting space is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting by calling Susan Dominique at 503-945-7502.           

The 13-member committee researches policies that affect family forests, natural resources and forestry benefits. Based on its findings, the committee recommends actions to the Oregon Board of Forestry and the State Forester. You can find more information at  https://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/CFF.aspx

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Brad Clemens of B & M Timber LLC felling a tree. His firm is Eastern Oregon Area Operator of the Year for 2018.
Brad Clemens of B & M Timber LLC felling a tree. His firm is Eastern Oregon Area Operator of the Year for 2018.
Logger based in Burns is named Eastern Oregon's Operator of the Year for 2018 (Photo) - 01/03/19

BURNS, Ore. – Harney County logger Brad Clemens of B & M Timber LLC in Burns has been chosen as 2018 Operator of the Year for the Eastern Oregon Area. The Oregon Board of Forestry will honor Clemens at its March 6 meeting in Salem. Other awardees are:

  • Northwest Oregon – Jay Browning, J.M. Browning Logging Inc. of Astoria
  • Southern Oregon – Dave Wilkerson, Dave Wilkerson Logging LLC in Eagle Point

The Board gives the Operator of the Year Awards to recognize those who, while harvesting timber or doing other forestry work, protect natural resources at a level that goes above and beyond requirements of the Oregon Forest Practices Act. That law requires people to harvest responsibly and protect streams and water quality, protect and enhance habitat, and reduce landslide risks. The law also requires landowners to replant forests after harvesting. The awards honor operators who consistently meet or exceed Forest Practices Act regulations.

Private Forests Division Chief Lena Tucker said, “These operators have shown how they can harvest needed wood products in Oregon forests while protecting natural resources. We’re pleased to honor the excellent care and diligence they demonstrate, often in challenging circumstances.”

Clemens earned the Eastern Oregon Operator of the Year award for minimizing soil disturbance during a winter harvest in a narrow valley while also protecting a fish-bearing stream that runs through the valley. Clemens has also been recognized for helping multiple landowners by careful salvage logging of their properties after a devastating 2015 wildfire in eastern Oregon

(Video: https://youtu.be/HaipgD5d3tA)

Regional Forest Practices committees select the Operators of the Year and Merit Award recipients from among nominees sent in by landowners, ODF staff and others.

In addition to the honors at the March Board meeting, special recognition is also provided at the Associated Oregon Loggers training and education event Jan. 17 in Eugene and the Oregon Logging Conference in February.

Oregon enacted the Forest Practices Act in 1971 as a national model for forest management laws. The law focuses on ensuring responsible forest operations and protecting natural resources in forestland. The Act has been updated many times based on new scientific information and values to create a balanced approach to natural resource management.

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Dave Wilkerson's company Dave Wilkerson Logging LLC has earned the 2018 Operator of the Year title for the Southern Oregon Area.
Dave Wilkerson's company Dave Wilkerson Logging LLC has earned the 2018 Operator of the Year title for the Southern Oregon Area.
Jackson County logger is named Southern Oregon's Operator of the Year for 2018 (Photo) - 01/03/19

EAGLE POINT, Ore. – Jackson County logger Dave Wilkerson of Dave Wilkerson Logging LLC has been chosen as 2018 Operator of the Year for the Southern Oregon Area. The Oregon Board of Forestry will honor Wilkerson, who is based in Eagle Point, at its March 6 meeting in Salem. Other awardees are:

  • Eastern Oregon – Brad Clemens, B & M Timber LLC of Burns
  • Northwest Oregon – Jay Browning, J.M. Browning Logging Inc. of Astoria

The Board gives the Operator of the Year Awards to recognize those who, while harvesting timber or doing other forestry work, protect natural resources at a level that goes above and beyond requirements of the Oregon Forest Practices Act. That law requires people to harvest responsibly and protect streams and water quality, protect and enhance habitat, and reduce landslide risks. The law also requires landowners to replant forests after harvesting. The awards honor operators who consistently meet or exceed Forest Practices Act regulations.

Private Forests Division Chief Lena Tucker said, “These operators have shown how they can harvest timber in Oregon forests while protecting natural resources. We’re pleased to honor the excellent care and diligence they demonstrate, often in challenging circumstances.”

Dave Wilkerson earned the Southern Oregon Operator of the Year award for safely harvesting a highly visible tract at the entrance to the town of Butte Falls. The tract, amid powerlines and busy pedestrian and road traffic, contained a fish-bearing stream. It took Wilkerson extra effort to harvest near the stream in a manner that protected a buffer zone along the waterway. He also was able to selectively log the tract while protecting younger trees, helping keep the site’s aesthetic appeal for area residents. ODF’s Southwest Oregon District also gave a Letter of Commendation to the landowner, Weyerhaeuser. The company was commended for the responsiveness of their logging plan in addressing community concerns for the Butte Falls tract. (Video: https://youtu.be/c8BJsIHUzYI)

Regional Forest Practices committees select the Operators of the Year and Merit Award recipients from among nominees sent in by landowners, ODF staff and others.

In addition to the honors at the March Board meeting, special recognition is also provided at the Associated Oregon Loggers training and education event Jan. 17 and the Oregon Logging Conference in February.

Oregon enacted the Forest Practices Act in 1971 as a national model for forest management laws. The law focuses on ensuring responsible forest operations and protecting natural resources in forestland. The Act has been updated many times based on new scientific information and values to create a balanced approach to natural resource management.

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Jay Browning's company J.M. Browning Logging Inc. has earned Operator of the Year for 2018 for the Northwest Oregon Area.
Jay Browning's company J.M. Browning Logging Inc. has earned Operator of the Year for 2018 for the Northwest Oregon Area.
Astoria-based logger is named Northwest Oregon's Operator of the Year for 2018 (Photo) - 01/03/19

ASTORIA, Ore. – Clatsop County logger Jay Browning of J.M. Browning Logging Inc. of Astoria has been chosen as 2018 Operator of the Year for the Northwest Oregon Area. The Oregon Board of Forestry will honor Clemens at its March 6 meeting in Salem. Other awardees are:

  • Eastern Oregon – Brad Clemens of B & M Logging LLC in Burns
  • Southern Oregon – Dave Wilkerson, Dave Wilkerson Logging LLC in Eagle Point

The Board gives the Operator of the Year Awards to recognize those who, while harvesting timber, protect natural resources at a level that goes above and beyond requirements of the Oregon Forest Practices Act. That law requires people to harvest responsibly and protect streams and water quality, protect and enhance habitat, and reduce landslide risks. The law also requires landowners to replant forests after harvesting. The awards honor operators who consistently meet or exceed Forest Practices Act regulations.

Private Forests Division Chief Lena Tucker said, “These operators have shown how they can harvest needed wood products in Oregon forests while protecting natural resources. We’re pleased to honor the excellent care and diligence they demonstrate, often in challenging circumstances.”

Jay Browning of J.M. Browning Logging Inc. earned the Northwest Oregon Operator of the Year award for protecting a fish-bearing stream within Hampton Lumber’s Big Creek Forest.  Browning removed aging alder to allow for regeneration by large conifer trees along the streambank, making it a better habitat for fish in coming years. His work reflected Hampton’s long-term conservation strategy for Walker Creek.  The award also recognizes Browning for decades of consistently applying best management practices to safeguard forest resources, even under challenging circumstances. (Video: https://youtu.be/MSjDT-uesgQ)

“At Hampton, we’re committed to the sustainable management and use of forest resources, and water quality and fish population management is a huge part of that,” said Steve Zika, CEO at Hampton. “Our foresters are passionate about the land they manage and regularly lend their expertise to leave the land better than we found it.  We’re thrilled that our partners at J.M. Browning Logging were recognized for keeping working forests and the habitat they provide sustainable and healthy over the long-term.”

Regional Forest Practices committees select the Operators of the Year and Merit Award recipients from among nominees sent in by landowners, ODF staff and others. The Northwest Oregon Regional Forest Practices Committee also gave a Merit Award to Rick Gwin of Gwin and Sons Logging in Vernonia.

In addition to the honors at the March Board meeting, special recognition is also provided at the Associated Oregon Loggers training and education event Jan. 17 in Eugne and the Oregon Logging Conference in February.

Oregon enacted the Forest Practices Act in 1971 as a national model for forest management laws. The law focuses on ensuring responsible forest operations and protecting natural resources in forestland. The Act has been updated many times based on new scientific information and values to create a balanced approach to natural resource management.

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Oregon's Operators of the Year named for 2018: Loggers protect water quality while harvesting - 01/03/19

SALEM, Ore. – Three Oregon loggers representing northwest, eastern and southern Oregon have been chosen as 2018 Operators of the Year. The Oregon Board of Forestry will honor the recipients at its March 9 meeting in Salem. The awardees are:

  • Eastern Oregon – Brad Clemens, B & M Timber LLC of Burns
  • Northwest Oregon – Jay Browning, J.M. Browning Logging Inc. of Astoria
  • Southern Oregon – Dave Wilkerson, Dave Wilkerson Logging LLC of Eagle Point

The Board gives the Operator of the Year Awards to recognize those who, while harvesting timber or doing other forestry work, protect natural resources at a level that goes above and beyond requirements of the Oregon Forest Practices Act. That law requires people to harvest responsibly and protect streams and water quality, protect and enhance habitat, and reduce landslide risks. The law also requires landowners to replant forests after harvesting. The awards honor operators who consistently meet or exceed Forest Practices Act regulations.

Private Forests Division Chief Lena Tucker said, “These operators have shown how they can harvest needed wood products in Oregon forests while protecting natural resources. We’re pleased to honor the excellent care and diligence they demonstrate, often in challenging circumstances.”

Brad Clemens of B & M Timber earned the Eastern Oregon Operator of the Year award for minimizing soil disturbance during a winter harvest in a narrow valley. He also protected a fish-bearing stream that runs through the valley. Clemens has also been recognized for helping multiple landowners by careful salvage logging after a devastating wildfire in eastern Oregon (Video: https://youtu.be/HaipgD5d3tA).

Jay Browning of J.M. Browning Logging Inc. earned the Northwest Oregon Operator of the Year award for protecting streams and improving future fish habitat through structural logging.  The award also recognizes Browning for decades of consistently applying best management practices to safeguard forest resources, even under challenging circumstances. (Video: https://youtu.be/MSjDT-uesgQ).

Dave Wilkerson of Dave Wilkerson Logging LLC earned the Southern Oregon Operator of the Year award for safely harvesting a highly visible tract at the entrance to the town of Butte Falls. The tract, amid powerlines and busy pedestrian and road traffic, contained a fish-bearing stream. It took Wilkerson extra effort to harvest near the stream in a manner that protected a buffer zone along the waterway. He also was able to selectively log the tract without damaging younger trees, helping keep the site’s aesthetic appeal for area residents. ODF’s Southwest Oregon District also gave a Letter of Commendation to the landowner, Weyerhaeuser. The company was commended for the responsiveness to community concerns of their logging plan for the Butte Falls tract.

 (Video: https://youtu.be/c8BJsIHUzYI).

Regional Forest Practices committees select the operators of the year and merit award recipients from among nominees sent in by landowners, ODF staff and others.

In addition to the honors at the March Board meeting, special recognition is also provided at the Associated Oregon Loggers training and education event in January and the Oregon Logging Conference in February.

Oregon enacted the Forest Practices Act in 1971 as a national model for forest management laws. The law focuses on ensuring responsible forest operations and protecting natural resources in forestland. The Act has been updated many times based on new scientific information and values to create a balanced approach to natural resource management.

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Insect pest new to the Northwest may hitch a ride into Oregon's forests on your old Christmas tree - 12/28/18

SALEM, Ore. – How you dispose of your old Christmas tree this year could make a difference in whether a newly arrived tree-killing insect pest is able to spread into Oregon forests.

According to Invasive Species Specialist William Wyatt at the Oregon Department of Forestry, throwing your old Christmas tree into the woods or leaving it in your yard may spread the elongate hemlock scale (Fiorinia externa. Williams said this insect arrived in Oregon this fall on Christmas trees brought in from North Carolina. The #OregonDepartmentofAgriculture found the pest and ordered the infested trees destroyed, but not before some had been shipped to big box stores all along the West Coast. The fear is that when Christmas trees are left for weeks or months in a yard or dumped in a park or the woods, eggs laid on them will hatch and the pest may escape into nearby trees.

If the elongate hemlock scale does get established here, it could be bad news for the state’s timber economy. The pest attacks not only hemlocks but several conifer species native to Oregon, such as true firs (Abies spp.), spruce (Picea spp.) and Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii). The scale feeds on the underside of the needles, creating a yellowish-brown waxy layer that is present year-round.

Williams advised that people inspect trees obtained at big box stores before disposing of them. Email the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Forest Health Unit at wyatt.williams@oregon.gov if you suspect you have found the elongate hemlock scale. It may be safest to cut up such trees and place them in garbage bags for disposal in a closed container.

Next year, consider buying a tree grown in your local area. That reduces the risk it will harbor a pest introduced from another part of the country.

Read more about this pest here.

                                                           

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New smoke rules, Siskiyou fish streams and a marbled murrelet study are among topics for the Oregon Board of Forestry's Jan. 9 meeting - 12/26/18

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Board of Forestry will meet Jan. 9 in Salem from 9 a.m. to about 3:15 p.m. at the Oregon Department of Forestry campus. Among agenda items the Board will hear are:

  • Consideration of final rule language changes to Oregon’s Smoke Management Plan
  • A progress report on a review of scientific literature on certain conditions for small and medium fish streams in the Siskiyou geographic region of southern Oregon
  • A presentation by OSU College of Forestry officials on a study assessing and understanding the habitat needs of the marbled murrelet in relation to forest management issues
  • An update on ODF’s current fiscal and budgetary status

The meeting will be held in the Tillamook Room, Administration Building C, at the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters, located at 2600 State St., in Salem. The meeting is open to the public. Public comment will be accepted on agenda topics as well as during the start of the meeting for topics not on the agenda. In order to ensure the Board has the opportunity to conduct all of the business on the meeting agenda, public comment will be limited to no more than 30 minutes. A sign-up sheet will be available for public comment on a first-come, first-served basis. Submission of written comments ahead of board meetings is encouraged. Written comments may be submitted prior to the meeting to: oardofforestry@oregon.gov">Boardofforestry@oregon.gov.  A livestream option will be available for those who wish to view the meeting remotely. For more details, visit https://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/BOFMeetings.aspx.

For further information related to the meeting, please contact Hilary Olivos-Rood at 503-945-7210.

At 9:30 a.m. ODF’s Fire Protection Division will present a summary of public comments and the final rule language changes for the Board’s approval. In June 2018 the Board approved the proposed amended rule language for the rulemaking process to proceed. Because public hearings have been held on the smoke management rule changes and the period for public comment has closed, the Board will not be accepting public testimony on this topic at this meeting.

Starting at 10:45 a.m., ODF’s Private Forests Division will present a progress report on the systematic review it’s conducting of literature that addresses temperature, shade and desired future conditions for small and medium fish streams in the Siskiyou region of southern Oregon. Staff from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality will also present on fish status and trends for that area.

At 2:15 p.m. Jim Rivers, PhD, and Anthony Davis, PhD, will present findings from an OSU College of Forestry Dean’s Research Initiative study on the marbled murrelet’s habitat needs in relation to forest management issues. The marbled murrelet is a seabird that nests in coastal forests. It is currently listed as threatened under state and federal law.

Finally, at 3 p.m. Bill Herber from ODF’s Administrative Branch will update the Board on the agency’s current fiscal and budget status.

Agenda materials are available at www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/BOFMeetings.aspx. Accommodations for people with disabilities, and special materials, services, or assistance can be arranged by calling ODF’s Public Affairs Office, at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting, at 503-945-7200 or fax to 503-945-7212.

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The Oregon Board of Forestry consists of seven citizens nominated by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. Responsibilities include appointing the State Forester, setting management direction for state-owned forests, adopting rules governing timber harvest and other practices on private forestland, and promoting sustainable management of Oregon’s 30 million-acre forestland base. More information about the Board is available at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/AboutBOF.aspx