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State Forests Advisory Committee meets June 21 in Newport - 06/14/19

SALEM, Ore. – An Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) state forests advisory group will meet on Friday, June 21 in Newport.

The State Forests Advisory Committee will meet from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, June 21, in the conference room at the Holiday Inn Express Inn and Suites, 135 SE 32nd St., Newport 97365.  Topics on the agenda include an overview of the Annual Operation Plan (AOP) comments and responses, as well as updates on the Northwest State Forest Management Plan revision and Western Oregon State Forests Habitat Conservation Plan processes, legislative developments, Workforce Futuring (internal State Forests Division restructuring), and fire season predictions. The public will have the opportunity to provide comment.

The meeting agenda is posted at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/SFAC.aspx. The meeting location 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 prior to the meeting. Questions about accessibility or special accommodations for the meeting can be directed to the Oregon Department of Forestry at 503-945-7427.

SFAC’s role

The State Forests Advisory Committee (SFAC) includes citizens and representatives of timber, environmental and recreation groups. SFAC provides a forum to discuss issues, opportunities and concerns, and offer advice and guidance to ODF on the implementation of the Northwest Oregon State Forests Management Plan. The plan provides guidance for managing 616,000 acres within the Tillamook, Clatsop and Santiam State Forests, and several scattered state-owned forest tracts in Benton, Polk, Lincoln and Lane counties through a balanced approach to generate revenue while prioritizing environmental and social benefits.

Update on Western Oregon State Forests Habitat Conservation Plan process set for June 12 in Salem - 06/06/19

SALEM, Ore. – A public meeting to provide an update on a possible Western Oregon State Forests Habitat Conservation Plan is set for Wednesday, June 12 in Salem.

This meeting will include a presentation by the HCP project team and for the public to ask questions and provide comments to the Oregon Department of Forestry. The meeting will be from 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, June 12 at Broadway Commons, Peru Room, 1300 Broadway St. NE, Salem 97301. Attendees will have the chance to meet with project team members for further discussion after the presentation and Q&A period.

RSVP is requested. Links to RSVP for the meeting as well as view the presentation live or archived on ODF’s YouTube page can be found by visiting https://www.oregon.gov/ODF/AboutODF/Pages/HCP-initiative.aspx.

Topics will include permit and plan area, the covered species list, expected covered activities, proposed Mission, Vision and Goals and the stakeholder process. Please note that the Elliott State Forest, which is no longer managed by ODF, is not part of this process.

To learn more about the HCP initiative, please visit https://www.oregon.gov/ODF/AboutODF/Pages/HCP-initiative.aspx.

Questions about accessibility or special accommodations can be directed to the Oregon Department of Forestry at least 48 hours prior to the meeting at 503-945-7200.

Committee for Family Forestlands meets June 13 in Salem - 06/04/19

SALEM, Ore. – The Committee for Family Forestlands will meet Thursday, June 13 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.  Among updates the committee will receive are ones about:

  • 2019 fire season outlook
  • Values and Beliefs Survey from the Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI)
  • Review of draft rules for wildlife food plots
  • Farm and Forest Report
  • 2019-2020 work plan
  • Annual report review

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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Board of Forestry meets Wednesday, June 5 - 05/30/19

The Oregon Board of Forestry will meet Wednesday, June 5, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Tillamook Room at the Department of Forestry, with an Executive Session scheduled at the end of the day. ODF headquarters is located at 2600 State St., Salem 97310.

The Board of Forestry’s meeting agenda and materials are available online by visiting https://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/BOFMeetings.aspx.

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.

Accommodations for people with disabilities, and special materials, services, or assistance can be arranged by calling ODF’s Public Affairs Office at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting at 503-945-7200.

Regional Forest Practice Committees for Northwest and Southwest Oregon will meet May 29 in Springfield - 05/28/19

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — The Regional Forest Practice Committees for Northwest Oregon and Southwest Oregon will meet Wednesday, May 29 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, 3528 Gateway St., Springfield 97477.

The committee will discuss and receive updates on the following topics:

  • Siskiyou Streamside Protection Review
  • Marbled Murrelet Rule Analysis Update
  • Updates to Smoke Management Rules
  • Western Oregon Riparian Review
  • Implementation Study
  • Fish passage Memorandum of Understanding

This meeting is open to the public with opportunity for public comment. Questions about accessibility or special accommodations can be directed to the Oregon Department of Forestry at least 48 hours prior to the meeting at 503-945-7502.

Regional Forest Practice Committees are panels of citizens - mandated under Oregon law - that advise the Oregon Board of Forestry on current forestry issues and forest management approaches. Three Regional Forest Practice Committees, serving the Northwest, Southwest and Eastern Oregon regions of the state, were created by the 1971 Oregon Forest Practices Act. Under Oregon law, a majority of Regional Forest Practice Committees members must be private forest landowners and logging or forest operations companies.

Oregon’s forests are among one of the state’s most valued resources, providing a balanced mix of environmental, economic and social benefits.  Additional information about ODF’s Regional Forest Practice Committees is available on the Oregon Department of Forestry’s web site: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/RFPC.aspx.