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Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee meets Dec. 3 via Zoom - 11/24/21

SALEM, Ore – The Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee will meet virtually via Zoom at 2 p.m. Friday, December 3. Items on the committee’s agenda include:

  • January Board of Forestry topic: Management focus of forestlands
  • Forest Management Plan strategy development update
  • Forest Management Plan and Habitat Conservation Plan timeline updates

This meeting is open to the public, and public comment is scheduled for the beginning of the meeting. The Zoom log-in is at https://odf.zoom.us/j/92577107750. The meeting agenda and materials will be posted on the department’s web site at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/FTLAC.aspx.

The Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee is comprised of seven county commissioners representing 15 Oregon counties where state forestlands are located. The FTLAC is a statutorily established committee that advises the Board of Forestry on matters related to forestland managed by ODF.

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.

Dec. 7: Public invited to update on Western Oregon State Forest Management Plan and Habitat Conservation Plan - 11/24/21

SALEM, Ore. – Join the Oregon Department of Forestry for an update on developing the Western Oregon State Forest Management Plan and Habitat Conservation Plan virtually via Zoom at 1 p.m. Tuesday, December 7.

This meeting will provide updates on the Forest Management Plan (FMP) & Implementation Plans (IPs) for ODF-managed forestland west of the Cascade Mountains and will also provide an update on the Western Oregon State Forests Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process focused on that HCP. RSVP is requested.

To view and participate in the webinar, go to: https://odf.zoom.us/j/96526807736 from your computer.

The meeting will take place from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, including:

  • 1–3 p.m.: Background information, process updates, presentations, and an opportunity for Q&A/discussion and to provide feedback. 
  • 3-4 p.m.: An informal discussion period to provide participants with an open discussion on any topics presented during the meeting. 

Use computer audio or call-in from your phone using the following call-in information: 

  • Dial: 1 (253) 215-8782
  • Meeting ID: 965 2680 7736

A post-meeting recording will be posted on the ODF YouTube channel. Previous meetings open to the public can be viewed there as well.

For more information on the process, please visit the HCP website and the FMP website.

Forestry Department issues call for proposals to support small forestland owners and Firewise USA communities - 11/22/21

SALEM, Ore.—The Oregon Department of Forestry issued a call for projects today for $5 million in grants funded by Senate Bill 762. 

The Small Forestland Grant Program, authorized by Section 24 of Senate Bill 762, will award $5 million to projects supporting small forestland owners across Oregon. Approximately $4.25 million will focus on projects treating multiple land ownerships to reduce the risk of wildfire and increase forest resiliency on private properties. Approximately $750,000 will support active Firewise USA communities to reduce hazardous fuels and protect community infrastructure.

Grant criteria, applications, and instructions are available on ODF’s website. Proposals can be submitted to odf.sfgp@oregon.gov and must be received by Friday, January 21, 2022. 

A virtual event to discuss the program with potential applicants will be held from 2–3 p.m. Monday, December 6. It will include an overview of the grant program and time for questions and answers. You can access the virtual event on Zoom.

Senate Bill 762 is comprehensive legislation passed with bipartisan support that will provide more than $220 million to help Oregon modernize and improve wildfire preparedness through three key strategies: creating fire-adapted communities, developing safe and effective response, and increasing the resiliency of Oregon's landscapes. The bill is the product of years of hard work by the Governor's Wildfire Council, the Legislature, and state agencies.

Additional information about Senate Bill 762 is available on ODF’s website.

 

Two North Coast logging firms earn Award of Merit for their harvest practices - 11/18/21

ASTORIA, Ore. – Two North Coast logging firms have been honored for their logging practices with an Award of Merit from the Northwest Oregon Regional Forest Practices Committee, an advisory body to the Oregon Board of Forestry. 

Owner Mike Falleur and his crew at Warrenton-based F and B Logging were honored because of their innovative approach to pumping water from logging road ditches and letting it filter through vegetation or logging slash to remove sediment before it reaches streams. 

Andrew Marshall, owner of Marshall Logging in Tillamook, was recognized for work he did to protect a popular hiking trail and trees targeted to remain while harvesting a highly visible timber tract on OSU's McDonald-Dunn Experimental Forest just outside Corvallis.

The Committee’s top honor of Operator of the Year for Northwest Oregon went to Aaron Silbernagel, owner of All Around Logging, LLC of Stayton in Marion County for his work helping small landowners salvage log and reforest in the wake of the 2020 Beachie Creek Fire.

The Oregon Board of Forestry will recognize awardees at its Jan. 5 meeting in Salem. 

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 award recognizes forest operators 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 manage forests 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. Videos about each of the three Operators of the Year and five Merit Award winners can be viewed on the ODF website at https://www.oregon.gov/odf/Working/Pages/default.aspx

ODF Forest Resources Division Interim Chief Josh Barnard said, “This year’s honorees represent innovation to protect water quality, care in harvesting that leaves an overcrowded forest in a safer, healthier state, and helping others begin to recover in the wake of devastating wildfire.  They have shown an outstanding ability to meet landowner objectives while exercising extraordinary care and diligence in challenging harvesting situations. From protecting streams while logging where it rains 90 inches a year to carefully removing fire-ravaged trees from a beloved family campground, we’re pleased to recognize the leadership and community spirit these operators have shown.”

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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Blaylock Logging felled and transported these massive logs on aerial cables to protect the buffers along a salmon stream below the harvest site, earning the company an Award of Merit.
Blaylock Logging felled and transported these massive logs on aerial cables to protect the buffers along a salmon stream below the harvest site, earning the company an Award of Merit.
Coos County logger earns Award of Merit for protecting fish stream during timber harvest on steep ground (Photo) - 11/18/21

COQUILLE, Ore. – Fred Blaylock, owner of Blaylock Logging based in Coquille, has earned an Award of Merit from the Southwest Oregon Regional Forest Practices Committee. Blaylock and his crew successfully protected buffers along a salmon-bearing stream while logging heavy timber in the Coast Range – some of it more than 160’ tall – for Roseburg Forest Products. 

The Committee, which advises the Oregon Board of Forestry on forest practice matters, gave its top honor – SW Oregon Operator of the Year to Wally Plikat and his Winston-based Plikat Logging company. That firm successfully protected a fish-bearing stream and wetlands as well as powerlines while logging along a busy state highway with minimal disruptions.

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 award recognizes forest operators 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 manage forests 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. Videos about each of the three Operators of the Year and five Merit Award winners can be viewed on the ODF websiteat https://www.oregon.gov/odf/Working/Pages/default.aspx

ODF Forest Resources Division Interim Chief Josh Barnard said, “This year’s honorees represent innovation to protect water quality, care in harvesting that leaves an overcrowded forest in a safer, healthier state, and helping others begin to recover in the wake of devastating wildfire.  They have shown an outstanding ability to meet landowner objectives while exercising extraordinary care and diligence in challenging harvesting situations. From protecting streams while logging where it rains 90 inches a year to carefully removing fire-ravaged trees from a beloved family campground, we’re pleased to recognize the leadership and community spirit these operators have shown.”

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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Douglas County logging firm is named Operator of the Year for Southwest Oregon - 11/18/21

SALEM, Ore. – Plikat Logging of Winston in Douglas County has been named Operator of the Year for Southwest Oregon. The Oregon Board of Forestry will honor owner Wally Plikat and his crew along with two other regional awardees at its Jan. 5 meeting in Salem. The other regional honorees are:

  • Northwest Oregon – All Around Logging, LLC of Stayton in Marion County
  • Eastern Oregon – H Timber Contracting of Hines in Harney County

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 award recognizes forest operators 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 manage forests 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. Videos about each of the three Operators of the Year and five Merit Award winners can be viewed on the ODF website

at https://www.oregon.gov/odf/Working/Pages/default.aspx

ODF Forest Resources Division Interim Chief Josh Barnard said, “This year’s honorees represent innovation to protect water quality, care in harvesting that leaves an overcrowded forest in a safer, healthier state, and helping others begin to recover in the wake of devastating wildfire.  They have shown an outstanding ability to meet landowner objectives while exercising extraordinary care and diligence in challenging harvesting situations. From protecting streams while logging where it rains 90 inches a year to carefully removing fire-ravaged trees from a beloved family campground, we’re pleased to recognize the leadership and community spirit these operators have shown.”

Southwest Oregon

Wally Plikat's firm - Plikat Logging - took on a difficult operation on a unit in Douglas County that bordered a busy state highway and had two different utility powerlines running through it as well as a fish-bearing stream and wetlands. Excellent communication and coordination with utilities during logging prevented any damage to powerlines, avoiding disruptions to customers. Thoughtful selection of access roads and timing more logging at night also avoided traffic delays on the bordering highway. Felling parallel to the stream and choosing landing sites carefully also helped preserve intact the buffer zone protecting the stream and wetlands.

The Southwest Regional Forest Practices Committee also recognized with an Award of Merit Blaylock, Inc., a logging firm owned by Fred Blaylock of Coquille in Coos County. 

Northwest Oregon

Aaron Silbernagel’s work helping numerous small landowners devastated by the Beachie Creek Fire was recognized with the Operator of the Year award for Northwest Oregon. Owner of All Around Logging, LLC in Stayton, Silbernagel helped landowners assess what timber could be salvaged after the fire, which in September 2020 burned a total of 193,000 acres in eastern Marion and Linn counties. Silbernagel worked not only to harvest burned trees but to find mills that would take the scorched logs. He then worked with the North Santiam Watershed Council and Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District to find native seedlings to help reforest burned areas up and down the Santiam Canyon. 

The Northwest Oregon Regional Forest Practices Committee also issued Merit Awards to:

  • F and B Logging owned by Mike Falleur and based in Warrenton in Clatsop County
  • Marshall Logging based in Tillamook in Tillamook County and owned by Andrew Marshall

Eastern Oregon

Tony Hauth’s H Timber Contracting, based in Hines, earned the Operator of the Year for Eastern Oregon award. The award was given for Hauth protecting a fish-bearing stream flowing through the middle of a timber stand being harvested near John Day. With no road access to the east bank, Hauth had to install two temporary crossings by placing a 36-inch high culvert and cover it with logs. Timber from the east side of the stream was felled and then passed by a mechanical arm across the stream to minimize any impact to the stream or vegetation along it. Access on the west bank required rebuilding a disused old road close to the stream. Large rocks and several logs were used to armor the bank to prevent sediment from entering the stream. All streamside vegetation was protected from damage through the course of the harvest.

The Eastern Oregon Regional Forest Practices Committee also honored with a Merit Award Dave Elpi, owner of Sisters Forest Products in Deschutes County.

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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Tony Hauth, owner of H Timber Contracting in Hines, Ore., has been named Operator of the Year for Eastern Oregon by the Eastern Oregon Regional Forest Practices Committee. He and two other regional winners from NW and SW Oregon will be honored by the Oreg
Tony Hauth, owner of H Timber Contracting in Hines, Ore., has been named Operator of the Year for Eastern Oregon by the Eastern Oregon Regional Forest Practices Committee. He and two other regional winners from NW and SW Oregon will be honored by the Oreg
Harney County logging firm is named Operator of the Year for Eastern Oregon (Photo) - 11/18/21

SALEM, Ore. – H Timber Contracting of Hines in Harney County has been named as Operator of the Year for Eastern Oregon. Owner Tony Hauth will be honored by the Oregon Board of Forestry along with other recipients at the Board’s Jan. 5 meeting in Salem. 

The other regional Operator of the Year awardees are:

  • Northwest Oregon – All Around Logging, LLC of Stayton in Marion County
  • Southwest Oregon – Plikat Logging of Winston in Douglas County

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 award recognizes forest operators 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 manage forests 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. Videos about each of the three Operators of the Year and five Merit Award winners can be viewed on the ODF website at https://www.oregon.gov/odf/Working/Pages/default.aspx

ODF Forest Resources Division Interim Chief Josh Barnard said, “This year’s honorees represent innovation to protect water quality, care in harvesting that leaves an overcrowded forest in a safer, healthier state, and helping others begin to recover in the wake of devastating wildfire.  They have shown an outstanding ability to meet landowner objectives while exercising extraordinary care and diligence in challenging harvesting situations. From protecting streams while logging where it rains 90 inches a year to carefully removing fire-ravaged trees from a beloved family campground, we’re pleased to recognize the leadership and community spirit these operators have shown.”

Eastern Oregon

Tony Hauth’s H Timber Contracting, based in Hines, earned the Operator of the Year for Eastern Oregon award. The award was given for Hauth protecting a fish-bearing stream flowing through the middle of a timber stand being harvested near John Day. With no road access to the east bank, Hauth had to install two temporary crossings by placing a 36-inch high culvert and cover it with logs. Timber from the east side of the stream was felled and then passed by a mechanical arm across the stream to minimize any impact to the stream or vegetation along it. Access on the west bank required rebuilding a disused old road close to the stream. Large rocks and several logs were used to armor the bank to prevent sediment from entering the stream. All streamside vegetation was protected from damage through the course of the harvest.

The Eastern Oregon Regional Forest Practices Committee also honored with a Merit Award Dave Elpi, owner of Sisters Forest Products in Deschutes County.

Northwest Oregon

Aaron Silbernagel’s work helping numerous small landowners devastated by the Beachie Creek Fire was recognized with the Operator of the Year award for Northwest Oregon. Owner of All Around Logging, LLC in Stayton, Silbernagel helped landowners assess what timber could be salvaged after the fire, which in September 2020 burned a total of 193,000 acres in eastern Marion and Linn counties. Silbernagel worked not only to harvest burned trees but to find mills that would take the scorched logs. He then worked with the North Santiam Watershed Council and Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District to find native seedlings to help reforest burned areas up and down the Santiam Canyon. 

The Northwest Oregon Regional Forest Practices Committee also issued Merit Awards to:

  • F and B Logging owned by Mike Falleur and based in Warrenton in Clatsop County
  • Marshall Logging based in Tillamook in Tillamook County and owned by Andrew Marshall
  • Pacific Forest Contractors of Eagle Creek in Clackamas County

Southwest Oregon

Plikat Logging was recognized as Operator of the Year for Southwest Oregon. The Winston-based firm is owned by Wally Plikat. The firm took on a difficult operation on a unit in Douglas County that bordered a busy state highway and had two different utility powerlines running through it as well as a fish-bearing stream and wetlands. Excellent communication and coordination with utilities during logging prevented any damage to powerlines, avoiding disruptions to customers. Thoughtful selection of access roads and timing more logging at night also avoided traffic delays on the bordering highway. Felling parallel to the stream and choosing landing sites carefully also helped preserve intact the buffer zone protecting the stream and wetlands.

The Southwest Regional Forest Practices Committee also recognized with an Award of Merit Blaylock, Inc., a logging firm owned by Fred Blaylock of Coquille in Coos County. 

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 by regional forestry committees - 11/18/21

SALEM, Ore. – Three logging firms representing southwest, northwest and eastern Oregon have been chosen as Operators of the Year for 2021. The Oregon Board of Forestry will honor the recipients virtually at its Jan. 5 meeting in Salem. The awardees are:

  • Northwest Oregon – All Around Logging, LLC of Stayton in Marion County
  • Southwest Oregon – Plikat Logging of Winston in Douglas County
  • Eastern Oregon – H Timber Contracting of Hines in Harney County

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 award recognizes forest operators 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 manage forests 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. Videos about each of the three Operators of the Year and five Merit Award winners can be viewed on the ODF website at https://www.oregon.gov/odf/Working/Pages/default.aspx

ODF Forest Resources Division Interim Chief Josh Barnard said, “This year’s honorees represent innovation to protect water quality, care in harvesting that leaves an overcrowded forest in a safer, healthier state, and helping others begin to recover in the wake of devastating wildfire.  They have shown an outstanding ability to meet landowner objectives while exercising extraordinary care and diligence in challenging harvesting situations. From protecting streams while logging where it rains 90 inches a year to carefully removing fire-ravaged trees from a beloved family campground, we’re pleased to recognize the leadership and community spirit these operators have shown.”

Northwest Oregon

Aaron Silbernagel’s work helping numerous small landowners devastated by the Beachie Creek Fire was recognized with the Operator of the Year award for Northwest Oregon. Owner of All Around Logging, LLC in Stayton, Silbernagel helped landowners assess what timber could be salvaged after the fire, which in September 2020 burned a total of 193,000 acres in eastern Marion and Linn counties. Silbernagel worked not only to harvest burned trees but to find mills that would take the scorched logs. He then worked with the North Santiam Watershed Council and Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District to find native seedlings to help reforest burned areas up and down the Santiam Canyon. 

The Northwest Oregon Regional Forest Practices Committee also issued Merit Awards to:

  • F and B Logging owned by Mike Falleur and based in Warrenton in Clatsop County
  • Marshall Logging based in Tillamook in Tillamook County and owned by Andrew Marshall
  • Pacific Forest Contractors of Eagle Creek in Clackamas County

Southwest Oregon

Plikat Logging was recognized as Operator of the Year for Southwest Oregon. The Winston-based firm is owned by Wally Plikat. The firm took on a difficult operation on a unit in Douglas County that bordered a busy state highway and had two different utility powerlines running through it as well as a fish-bearing stream and wetlands. Excellent communication and coordination with utilities during logging prevented any damage to powerlines, avoiding disruptions to customers. Thoughtful selection of access roads and timing more logging at night also avoided traffic delays on the bordering highway. Felling parallel to the stream and choosing landing sites carefully also helped preserve intact the buffer zone protecting the stream and wetlands.

The Southwest Regional Forest Practices Committee also recognized with an Award of Merit Blaylock, Inc., a logging firm owned by Fred Blaylock of Coquille in Coos County. 

Eastern Oregon

Tony Hauth’s H Timber Contracting, based in Hines, earned the Operator of the Year for Eastern Oregon award. The award was given for Hauth protecting a fish-bearing stream flowing through the middle of a timber stand being harvested near John Day. With no road access to the east bank, Hauth had to install two temporary crossings by placing a 36-inch high culvert and cover it with logs. Timber from the east side of the stream was felled and then passed by a mechanical arm across the stream to minimize any impact to the stream or vegetation along it. Access on the west bank required rebuilding a disused old road close to the stream. Large rocks and several logs were used to armor the bank to prevent sediment from entering the stream. All streamside vegetation was protected from damage through the course of the harvest.

The Eastern Oregon Regional Forest Practices Committee also honored with a Merit Award Dave Elpi, owner of Sisters Forest Products in Deschutes County.

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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Forestry Department to open request for proposals under grant program authorized by SB 762 - 11/17/21

SALEM, Ore.—The Oregon Department of Forestry will issue a request for proposals today for $20 million in grants funded by Senate Bill 762. 

The Landscape Resiliency Program, authorized by Section 18 of Senate Bill 762, will award $20 million for landscape-scale projects meant to reduce wildfire risk through the restoration of landscape resiliency and reduction of hazardous fuels on public or private forestlands and rangelands and in communities near homes and critical infrastructure.

Grant criteria were informed by bill language and a work group comprised of federal, state, and local government land management partners; federally recognized tribes; forestland and rangeland owners; forest collaboratives; and community organizations. 

Descriptions of grant criteria, applications, and instructions are available on ODF’s website. Proposals can be submitted to estoration@oregon.gov">odf.restoration@oregon.gov and must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, January 7, 2022. 

A virtual event to discuss the program with potential applicants will be held from 6–8 p.m. Monday, November 29. It will include an overview of the grant program, review of key timelines, and time for questions and answers. You can access the virtual event on Zoom.

Senate Bill 762 is comprehensive legislation passed with bipartisan support that will provide more than $220 million to help Oregon modernize and improve wildfire preparedness through three key strategies: creating fire-adapted communities, developing safe and effective response, and increasing the resiliency of Oregon's landscapes. The bill is the product of years of hard work by the Governor's Wildfire Council, the Legislature, and state agencies.

Additional information about Senate Bill 762 is available on ODF’s website.

Committee for Family Forestlands meets Nov. 17 - 11/12/21

SALEM, Ore. — The Committee for Family Forestlands will meet virtually Wednesday, Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to noon. To join the virtual meeting, please use the Zoom video conference information found on the agenda. To provide public comment at this virtual meeting, please contact Susan Muniz at 503-945-7502.

The committee’s agenda includes:

  • Private Forest Division update
  • Small Forestland Grant Program update 
  • Climate Change Plan report 
  • Roundtable updates
  • Work Plan discussion

The meeting is open to the public to attend online via Zoom. Public comments will be accepted near the start of the meeting after approval of the minutes. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 72 hours before the meeting by contacting Susan Muniz 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. View more information on the CFF webpage.

Committee for Family Forestlands meets Nov. 17 - 11/12/21

SALEM, Ore. — The Committee for Family Forestlands will meet virtually Wednesday, Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to noon. To join the virtual meeting, please use the Zoom video conference information found on the agenda. To provide public comment at this virtual meeting, please contact Susan Muniz at 503-945-7502.

The committee’s agenda includes:

  • Private Forest Division update
  • Small Forestland Grant Program update 
  • Climate Change Plan report 
  • Roundtable updates
  • Work Plan discussion

The meeting is open to the public to attend online via Zoom. Public comments will be accepted near the start of the meeting after approval of the minutes. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 72 hours before the meeting by contacting Susan Muniz 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. View more information on the CFF webpage.

Salem resident Kristin Ramstad has received this year's President's Award from Oregon Community Trees for her many accomplishments in urban forestry.
Salem resident Kristin Ramstad has received this year's President's Award from Oregon Community Trees for her many accomplishments in urban forestry.
Oregon Community Trees honors Kristin Ramstad with its President's Award for urban forestry achievements (Photo) - 11/03/21

SALEM, Ore. – Salem resident Kristin Ramstad has been honored by Oregon Community Trees (OCT) for her many contributions to urban forestry in Oregon.

Samantha Wolf is OCT president. She bestowed  the OCT President’s Award on Ramstad at the fall meeting of the non-profit organization’s board.  “This year’s honoree has done a tremendous amount to promote and improve urban forestry across the state during her 30-year career with the Oregon Department of Forestry,”

Ramstad manages the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Urban and Community Forestry Assistance Program. In her role there she:

  • Secured a large grant to promote digital tree inventories in Oregon communities. The improved documentation allows for better planning and maintenance of city trees. So far about 14 Oregon cities are using the inventory.
  • Was involved on the team that developed Oregon’s project celebrating the centennial of the National Association of State Foresters “100 People, Places and Things to Know About Oregon Forestry”
  • Worked on the Oregon Hiroshima Peace Tree project, outreaching to Tree City USA communities across the state to interest them in trees and carefully reviewing siting plans to ensure each tree ended up in the most appropriate location where it could thrive. She also co-planted the peace tree on ODF’s own campus in Salem.
  • Worked to revitalize the Grove of the States at the Wilsonville rest stop along I-5, including growing some of the trees to be big enough to plant.
  • Gave numerous educational webinars for urban forestry managers and others, most recently on climate change in eastern Oregon and its potential impact on urban forests there.
  • Provided expert urban forestry guidance and education to municipal leaders on how to best maintain and grow their urban canopy.
  • Edits a quarterly online newsletter on urban forestry topics.

In addition to her ODF role, Ramstad has also served as Chair of Oregon Heritage Trees, an advisory committee in support of the Oregon Travel Information Council program that recognizes and preserves old or historically relevant trees that tell the story of Oregon and its people. She also helps organize Oregon’s annual Urban and Community Forestry Conference, securing speakers and occasionally presenting topics herself.

“We are so grateful to have a dedicated champion of urban forestry for our state,” said Wolf. She noted that Ramstad has also been a stalwart supporter of OCT, working to support OCT’s urban forestry-related grant program and funding board members to attend the national Alliance for Community Trees Conference each year.

Ramstad’s long-time colleague in urban and community forestry at ODF, Katie Lompa in Sisters, Ore., said Ramstad is especially dedicated to educating Oregonians about trees in urban settings. “Kristin’s knowledge of urban & community forestry management is profound and she is passionate about sharing it with others.”

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Forestry department invites comment on Phase 2 of North Cascade District Annual Operations Plan - 11/01/21

SALEM, Ore. - Starting Monday, November 1 through Tuesday, November 30, the Oregon Department of Forestry is holding a 30-day public comment period to review the second phase of ODF’s North Cascade District’s Annual Operations Plan for fiscal year 2022 on the Santiam State Forest, which consists of the Fern Ridge forest management project in the Shellburg Falls Recreation Area.

The draft plan is posted to the ODF Santiam State Forest recovery website. ODF is proposing a plan to restore safe public access, protect sensitive environmental areas, remove dangerous trees along forest roads, and conduct a limited timber harvest as part of Phase 2 of ODF’s North Cascade Annual Operations Plan. 

Comments can be submitted online by using this form, through this survey, by emailing ODF.SFComments@oregon.gov, or by mailing comments to ODF Public Affairs, 2600 State St., Salem OR 97310. 

By law, state forests must provide economic, environmental, and social benefits to Oregonians. These lands are managed to create healthy, productive forests that provide high-quality habitat, clean water, revenues for rural communities, and recreation opportunities. Overall management policies and goals are established in long-range forest management and implementation plans. Annual operations plans describe activities to achieve the policies and goals laid out in those longer-range plans. Activities that affect fish and wildlife habitat are reviewed by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, while operations that may affect threatened and endangered fish and wildlife habitat are shared with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

About the Santiam State Forest: The Santiam State Forest is a 47,465-acre forest managed by the Oregon Department of Forestry spread across Marion, Linn and Clackamas counties in the Cascade Mountain foothills. About 98% is owned by the Board of Forestry, with a small amount of Common School Fund Lands. Board of Forestry lands by law must be managed to be healthy, productive and provide sustainable economic, environmental and social benefits to Oregonians.