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Committee for Family Forestlands meets Nov. 21 in Salem - 11/14/19

SALEM, Ore. – The Committee for Family Forestlands will meet Thursday, Nov. 21 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 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’s agenda includes:  

  • Private Forest Division update
  • Update on availability of tree seed and seedlings
  • Update on Governor’s Council on Wildfire Response
  • Review of draft changes to the committee’s charter and discussion of vacancies
  • Monitoring program updates
  • Outreach for House Bill 2469

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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Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee meets Nov. 18 in Salem - 11/13/19

SALEM, Ore. – The Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee will meet Monday, Nov. 18, from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Tillamook Room, Building C on the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Salem headquarters campus, 2600 State Street.

The committee will discuss the following topics:

  • Forest Legacy Program updates
  • Updates from the Private Forests Division
  • State Forest Action Plan updates
  • Stewardship Program updates
  • Coordinating with the Committee for Family Forestlands

This is a public meeting, everyone is welcome. 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. For more information about attending the meeting please contact Susan Dominique at 503-945-7502.

The Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee advises the State Forester on policy and procedures for the U.S. Forest Service State and Private Forestry programs, such as Forest Legacy and Forest Stewardship. The committee consists of representatives from state and federal natural resource agencies, private forest landowners, consulting foresters, and forest industry and conservation organizations. You can find more information at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/SCC.aspx.

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These Oregon white oaks are part of the healthy urban forest found in Corvallis. The Oregon Department of Forestry in partnership with Oregon Community Trees named Corvallis Oregon Tree City of the Year for 2019.
These Oregon white oaks are part of the healthy urban forest found in Corvallis. The Oregon Department of Forestry in partnership with Oregon Community Trees named Corvallis Oregon Tree City of the Year for 2019.
Corvallis is honored as Oregon Tree City of the Year (Photo) - 11/07/19

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) in partnership with Oregon Community Trees (OCT) has named Corvallis as Oregon Tree City of the Year for 2019. Each year, ODF and OCT select one of Oregon’s 66 nationally recognized Tree City USA communities statewide to award for that city’s commitment to its urban forest. Last year’s Oregon Tree City of the Year was Lake Oswego.

OCT President Samantha Wolf said the award is intended to highlight communities delivering best urban forestry practices to their residents. “People who live in Corvallis have a better quality of life because they live in a healthy urban forest. We’re acknowledging the City of Corvallis with this award for the work it does to ensure its urban forests continues to provide those benefits long into the future.”

According to ODF’s Urban and Community Forestry Assistance Program Manager Kristin Ramstad, “Corvallis exemplifies what a great Tree City USA should be. They are always innovating. They have consistently good planning and significant citizen engagement, recently launching a Neighborhood Tree Steward program. This award recognizes their many years of outstanding work to care for and promote a healthy urban forest.”

Achievements that contributed to Corvallis being named Oregon Tree City of the Year include:

  • Having a robust urban forestry program and staff, along with the requisite management plans and inventories.
  • Being proactive about exploring ways to prepare for and manage a potential outbreak of emerald ash borer in native ash trees.
  • Launching a Neighborhood Tree Stewards program that recruits and trains community volunteers to help maintain and nurture urban trees.
  • Partnering with local businesses to salvage and mill city trees that must be removed due to disease or decline.
  • City Parks and Recreation staff holding positions on statewide boards and advisory committees.

Over the last two decades, Corvallis has met the Tree City USA program’s four minimum standards by:

  • maintaining a tree board (Parks and Natural Resources Advisory Board)
  • a tree ordinance
  • a minimum $2 per capita expenditure for tree planting and maintenance
  • an annual celebration and proclamation of Arbor Day

Urban Forestry Specialist Jennifer Killian said Corvallis Parks and Recreation staff felt honored by the Oregon Tree City of the Year award. “It was incredible to be recognized for all of the hard work we did last year, particularly developing the Neighborhood Tree Steward program. This was a great team effort between our arbor crew and Neighborhood Tree Stewards. We are eager to continue cultivating a robust urban forestry program to serve our community.”

Corvallis is a Sterling Tree City USA for having earned 10 years of Tree City USA Growth Awards.  Growth Awards are achieved when a Tree City USA completes additional urban forestry program activities that go beyond the basic minimum requirements of Tree City USA, an Arbor Day Foundation recognition program.

Visit www.arborday.org/programs/treecityusa/ to learn more.

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Presenting a plaque to Linn County 2019 Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year Kathy and Tim Otis are Lisa Northrop, Deputy Regional Forester, Pacific NW Region, USDA-Forest Service (left) and Lena Tucker, Oregon Deputy State Forester (right).
Presenting a plaque to Linn County 2019 Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year Kathy and Tim Otis are Lisa Northrop, Deputy Regional Forester, Pacific NW Region, USDA-Forest Service (left) and Lena Tucker, Oregon Deputy State Forester (right).
Oregon Tree Farm System honors Linn County couple for sustainable forestry management (Photo) - 11/07/19

SILVERTON, Ore. – Linn County landowners Kathy and Tim Otis were recognized recently by the Oregon Tree Farm System for exceptional sustainable forestry management. The recognition came at an annual awards luncheon at The Oregon Garden, where Gordon and Gail Culbertson of Lane County were named as Oregon’s 2019 Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year.

The Culbertsons are being recognized for their multiple-use management of land they purchased in 2007.  Gordon Culbertson has worked in the forestry sector for 50 years and has used his knowledge to improve the health of variously aged forests. The couple’s goals include income, family recreation, and wildlife. Toward these goals, the Culbertsons have worked to reduce tree diseases, thin trees, improve bird habitat and eliminate invasive plant species, such as scotch broom, Japanese knotweed and Himalayan blackberry.

The Oregon Tree Farm System also recognized five other family forest landowners for their exceptional, sustainable forestry management. Besides the Otis couple, other honorees were:

  • K.C. Thompson, Sid Picht and Diana Blakney (Benton County)
  • Alan, Rob, Don, Gary and Tim Guttridge (Clackamas County)
  • Ernie and Linda Robinson (Washington County)
  • Harry and Bonnie Roberson (Yamhill County)

For 53 years, the Oregon Tree Farm System has recognized family forest landowners who provide forest benefits and products using sound forestry management principles. There are approximately 700 landowners in the Oregon Tree Farm System managing 746,000 acres. This is 21 percent of Oregon’s 3.6 million acres of family forestlands.

Nationwide there are 74,000 members in the American Tree Farm System. ATFS and its state chapters operate an internationally recognized forest certification program overseen by and for family forest landowners to promote sustainable forest management through education, recognition, and assistance.

OTFS and the Oregon Department of Forestry share the goal of family forest landowners voluntarily improving the health of their forests. Both provide assistance in the development of forest management plans using a jointly developed plan template.

For more information on the Oregon Tree Farm System, visit www.otfs.org.

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Sid Picht and his sister Diana Blakney (center) were honored as the Benton County 2019 Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year at the Oregon Tree Farm System’s Annual Awards Luncheon held recently at the Oregon Gardens in Silverton. Not present was sibling K
Sid Picht and his sister Diana Blakney (center) were honored as the Benton County 2019 Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year at the Oregon Tree Farm System’s Annual Awards Luncheon held recently at the Oregon Gardens in Silverton. Not present was sibling K
Oregon Tree Farm System honors three Benton County landowners for sustainable forestry management (Photo) - 11/06/19

SILVERTON, Ore. – Benton County sibling landowners K.C. Thompson, Sid Picht and Diana Blakney were recognized recently by the Oregon Tree Farm System for exceptional sustainable forestry management. The recognition came at the organization’s annual awards luncheon at The Oregon Garden, where Gordon and Gail Culbertson of Lane County were named as Oregon’s 2019 Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year.

The Culbertsons are being recognized for their multiple-use management of land they purchased in 2007.  Gordon Culbertson has worked in the forestry sector for 50 years and has used his knowledge to improve the health of variously aged forests. The couple’s goals include income, family recreation, and wildlife. Toward these goals, the Culbertsons have worked to reduce tree diseases, thin trees, improve bird habitat and eliminate invasive plant species, such as scotch broom, Japanese knotweed and Himalayan blackberry.

The Oregon Tree Farm System also recognized five other family forest landowners for their exceptional, sustainable forestry management. Besides the Benton County trio, other honorees were:

  • Ernie and Linda Rieben (Washington County)
  • Alan, Rob, Don, Gary and Tim Guttridge (Clackamas County)
  • Tim and Kathy Otis (Linn County)
  • Harry and Bonnie Roberson (Yamhill County)

For 53 years, the Oregon Tree Farm System has recognized family forest landowners who provide forest benefits and products using sound forestry management principles. There are approximately 700 landowners in the Oregon Tree Farm System managing 746,000 acres. This is 21 percent of Oregon’s 3.6 million acres of family forestlands.

Nationwide there are 74,000 members in the American Tree Farm System. ATFS and its state chapters operate an internationally recognized forest certification program overseen by and for family forest landowners to promote sustainable forest management through education, recognition, and assistance.

OTFS and the Oregon Department of Forestry share the goal of family forest landowners voluntarily improving the health of their forests. Both provide assistance in the development of forest management plans using a jointly developed plan template.

For more information on the Oregon Tree Farm System, visit www.otfs.org.

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Clackamas_Co._2019_Outstanding_Tree_Farmer_of_the_Year_-_Alan_Tim_Wilma_Rob_Don_and_Gary_Ruttridge_(1).jpg
Clackamas_Co._2019_Outstanding_Tree_Farmer_of_the_Year_-_Alan_Tim_Wilma_Rob_Don_and_Gary_Ruttridge_(1).jpg
Oregon Tree Farm System honors Clackamas County family for sustainable forestry management (Photo) - 11/06/19

SILVERTON, Ore. – Brothers Alan, Rob, Don, Gary and Tim Guttridge of Clackamas County and their mother, Wilma Guttridge, were recognized recently by the Oregon Tree Farm System for exceptional sustainable forestry management. The recognition came at an annual awards luncheon at The Oregon Garden, where Gordon and Gail Culbertson of Lane County were named as Oregon’s 2019 Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year.

The Culbertsons are being recognized for their multiple-use management of land they purchased in 2007.  Gordon Culbertson has worked in the forestry sector for 50 years and has used his knowledge to improve the health of variously aged forests. The couple’s goals include income, family recreation, and wildlife. Toward these goals, the Culbertsons have worked to reduce tree diseases, thin trees, improve bird habitat and eliminate invasive plant species, such as scotch broom, Japanese knotweed and Himalayan blackberry.

The Oregon Tree Farm System also recognized five other family forest landowners for their exceptional, sustainable forestry management. Besides the Guttridge family, other honorees were:

  • K.C. Thompson, Sid Picht and Diana Blakney (Benton County)
  • Tim and Kathy Otis (Linn County)
  • Ernie and Linda Rieben (Washington County)
  • Harry and Bonnie Roberson (Yamhill County)

For 53 years, the Oregon Tree Farm System has recognized family forest landowners who provide forest benefits and products using sound forestry management principles. There are approximately 700 landowners in the Oregon Tree Farm System managing 746,000 acres. This is 21 percent of Oregon’s 3.6 million acres of family forestlands.

Nationwide there are 74,000 members in the American Tree Farm System. ATFS and its state chapters operate an internationally recognized forest certification program overseen by and for family forest landowners to promote sustainable forest management through education, recognition, and assistance.

OTFS and the Oregon Department of Forestry share the goal of family forest landowners voluntarily improving the health of their forests. Both provide assistance in the development of forest management plans using a jointly developed plan template.

For more information on the Oregon Tree Farm System, visit www.otfs.org.

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Yamhill County 2019 Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year, Harry and Bonnie Robinson. They were honored recently for their forest management activities at the Oregon Tree Farm System’s Annual Awards Luncheon.
Yamhill County 2019 Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year, Harry and Bonnie Robinson. They were honored recently for their forest management activities at the Oregon Tree Farm System’s Annual Awards Luncheon.
Oregon Tree Farm System honors Yamhill County couple for sustainable forestry management (Photo) - 11/06/19

SILVERTON, Ore. – Harry and Bonnie Robinson of Yamhill County were recognized recently by the Oregon Tree Farm System for exceptional sustainable forestry management. The recognition came at an annual awards luncheon at The Oregon Garden, where Gordon and Gail Culbertson of Lane County were named as Oregon’s 2019 Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year.

The Culbertsons are being recognized for their multiple-use management of land they purchased in 2007.  Gordon Culbertson has worked in the forestry sector for 50 years and has used his knowledge to improve the health of variously aged forests. The couple’s goals include income, family recreation, and wildlife. Toward these goals, the Culbertsons have worked to reduce tree diseases, thin trees, improve bird habitat and eliminate invasive plant species, such as scotch broom, Japanese knotweed and Himalayan blackberry.

The Oregon Tree Farm System also recognized five other family forest landowners for their exceptional, sustainable forestry management. Besides the Robinsons, other honorees were:

  • K.C. Thompson, Sid Picht and Diana Blakney (Benton County)
  • Alan, Rob, Don, Gary and Tim Guttridge (Clackamas County)
  • Tim and Kathy Otis (Linn County)
  • Ernie and Linda Rieben (Washington County)

For 53 years, the Oregon Tree Farm System has recognized family forest landowners who provide forest benefits and products using sound forestry management principles. There are approximately 700 landowners in the Oregon Tree Farm System managing 746,000 acres. This is 21 percent of Oregon’s 3.6 million acres of family forestlands.

Nationwide there are 74,000 members in the American Tree Farm System. ATFS and its state chapters operate an internationally recognized forest certification program overseen by and for family forest landowners to promote sustainable forest management through education, recognition, and assistance.

OTFS and the Oregon Department of Forestry share the goal of family forest landowners voluntarily improving the health of their forests. Both provide assistance in the development of forest management plans using a jointly developed plan template.

For more information on the Oregon Tree Farm System, visit www.otfs.org.

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Oregon 2019 Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year – Gail and Gordon Culbertson (center). Presenting them their award is Lisa Northrop, Deputy Regional Forester, Pacific NW Region, USDA-Forest Service (left), and Lena Tucker, Oregon Deputy State Forester (r
Oregon 2019 Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year – Gail and Gordon Culbertson (center). Presenting them their award is Lisa Northrop, Deputy Regional Forester, Pacific NW Region, USDA-Forest Service (left), and Lena Tucker, Oregon Deputy State Forester (r
Oregon Tree Farm System names Lane County couple as Oregon's Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year (Photo) - 11/06/19

EUGENE, Ore. – The Oregon Tree Farm System has announced that Gordon and Gail Culbertson of Lane County have been named as Oregon’s 2019 Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year. Their efforts were honored Oct. 26 during an annual awards luncheon at The Oregon Garden in Silverton.

The Culbertsons’ 72-acre property is in the Coast Range of Lane County about halfway between Eugene and Florence. The Culbertsons are being recognized for their multiple-use management of the land.

Both Gordon and Gail came from farming families. They purchased the property in 2007 so that they could, along with their children and grandchildren, stay connected to the land and the rewards that come from working the land to produce products.

Gordon has worked in the forestry sector for 50 years and has used his knowledge to improve the health of variously aged forests. The couple’s goals include income, family recreation, and wildlife. Toward these goals, the Culbertsons have worked to reduce tree diseases, thin trees, improve bird habitat and eliminate invasive plant species, such as scotch broom, Japanese knotweed and Himalayan blackberry.

The Oregon Tree Farm System also recognized five other family forest landowners for their exceptional, sustainable forestry management. The other honorees were:

  • K.C. Thompson, Sid Picht and Diana Blakney (Benton County)
  • Alan, Rob, Don, Gary and Tim Guttridge (Clackamas County)
  • Tim and Kathy Otis (Linn County)
  • Ernie and Linda Rieben (Washington County)
  • Harry and Bonnie Roberson (Yamhill County)

For 53 years, the Oregon Tree Farm System has recognized family forest landowners who provide forest benefits and products using sound forestry management principles. There are approximately 700 landowners in the Oregon Tree Farm System managing 746,000 acres. This is 21 percent of Oregon’s 3.6 million acres of family forestlands.

Nationwide there are 74,000 members in the American Tree Farm System. ATFS and its state chapters operate an internationally recognized forest certification program overseen by and for family forest landowners to promote sustainable forest management through education, recognition, and assistance.

OTFS and the Oregon Department of Forestry share the goal of family forest landowners voluntarily improving the health of their forests. Both provide assistance in the development of forest management plans using a jointly developed plan template.

For more information on the Oregon Tree Farm System, visit www.otfs.org.

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Oregon's 2019 Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year – Gail and Gordon Culbertson (center). Presenting them their award is Lisa Northrop, Deputy Regional Forester, Pacific NW Region, USDA-Forest Service  (left), and Lena Tucker, Oregon Deputy State Forester
Oregon's 2019 Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year – Gail and Gordon Culbertson (center). Presenting them their award is Lisa Northrop, Deputy Regional Forester, Pacific NW Region, USDA-Forest Service (left), and Lena Tucker, Oregon Deputy State Forester
Oregon Tree Farm System announces Oregon's Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year for 2019 (Photo) - 11/06/19

SILVERTON, Ore. – The Oregon Tree Farm System has announced that Gordon and Gail Culbertson have been named as Oregon’s 2019 Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year. Their efforts were honored recently during an annual awards luncheon at The Oregon Garden in Silverton.

The Culbertsons’ 72-acre property is in the Coast Range of Lane County about halfway between Eugene and Florence. The Culbertsons are being recognized for their multiple-use management of the land. Both Gordon and Gail came from farming families. They purchased the property in 2007 so that they could, along with their children and grandchildren, stay connected to the land and the rewards that come from working the land to produce products.

Gordon has worked in the forestry sector for 50 years and has used his knowledge to improve the health of variously aged forests. The couple’s goals include income, family recreation, and wildlife. Toward these goals, the Culbertsons have worked to reduce tree diseases, thin trees, improve bird habitat and eliminate invasive plant species, such as scotch broom, Japanese knotweed and Himalayan blackberry.

The Oregon Tree Farm System also recognized five other family forest landowners for their exceptional, sustainable forestry management. The other honorees were:

  • K.C. Thompson, Sid Picht and Diana Blakney (Benton County)
  • Alan, Rob, Don, Gary and Tim Guttridge (Clackamas County)
  • Tim and Kathy Otis (Linn County)
  • Ernie and Linda Rieben (Washington County)
  • Harry and Bonnie Roberson (Yamhill County)

For 53 years, the Oregon Tree Farm System has recognized family forest landowners who provide forest benefits and products using sound forestry management principles. There are approximately 700 landowners in the Oregon Tree Farm System managing 746,000 acres. This is 21 percent of Oregon’s 3.6 million acres of family forestlands.

Nationwide there are 74,000 members in the American Tree Farm System. ATFS and its state chapters operate an internationally recognized forest certification program overseen by and for family forest landowners to promote sustainable forest management through education, recognition, and assistance.

OTFS and the Oregon Department of Forestry share the goal of family forest landowners voluntarily improving the health of their forests. Both provide assistance in the development of forest management plans using a jointly developed plan template.

For more information on the Oregon Tree Farm System, visit www.otfs.org.

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Steep terrain remains a factor on the Crankshaft Fire outside Gates.
Steep terrain remains a factor on the Crankshaft Fire outside Gates.
Windy, Dry Conditions Continue To Challenge Firefighters in Western Oregon (Photo) - 10/30/19

SALEM, Ore. – Continued dry and windy conditions brought new fires to western Oregon Wednesday morning, adding to ongoing fire activity. Suppression efforts are continue with cooperators, industrial landowner partners and the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) providing ground resources in multiple ODF districts.

Two fires have grown in size due to continued east winds and difficult access:

  • The Crankshaft Fire, located about 6 miles south of Gates, is an estimated 25 acres.
  • The Gopher Valley Fire, located 5 miles north of Sheridan, is an estimated 20 acres.

Firefighters made significant progress on fires reported yesterday, with both in mop-up status:

  • The North Fork Fire, located 16 miles east of Molalla, is an estimated 80 acres.
  • The Detroit Dam Fire, located 5 miles west of Detroit, remains at an estimated 50 acres.

There are no road closures or threatened structures associated with any reported fires at this time. Resources engaged on the fires include water tenders, engines, and hand crews.

In the last 24 hours, there have been 22 fires reported across the Willamette Valley on lands protected by ODF. While these fires officially remain under investigation, the suspected causes for the vast majority are prescribed burns rekindled by recent easterly winds and dry conditions.

“It is important to note the timing of these fires,” said ODF’s Northwest Oregon Area Director Andy White. “The majority of these burns were started weeks ago when conditions were optimal for burning. ODF encourages and supports landowners to take advantage of optimal conditions for fuels reduction work on their property. Precautions are taken, forecasts are considered, and every effort is made to ensure minimal impact and maximum benefit to the landscape. This is a valuable reminder of how quickly conditions can change and highlights the value of our partnerships with landowners and other agencies.”

ODF flew a contracted aircraft yesterday and today to check on known fires and detect potential new starts or smoke from rekindled slash piles. Given the steep terrain, remote access, and multiple ownerships across the valley, this aviation resource is a valuable tool in covering a lot of ground in a short time span.

ODF appreciates the help from the public in preventing new fires and encourages Oregonians to hold off on those back yard burn piles until conditions improve.

Smoke may be visible in some areas as resources remain engaged on these fires. The Department of Environmental Quality continues to monitor for smoke and has confirmed the air quality remains in the good to moderate range. Those wishing to monitor on their own may check DEQ’s Air Quality Index at https://bit.ly/2N372UF or download the free OregonAIR app.

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Oregon Department of Forestry and Cooperator Partners Fighting Multiple Fires Across Western Oregon - 10/29/19

 

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) is working with cooperators and industrial landowner partners to suppress multiple fires across western Oregon. The majority of these are currently reported at less than 10 acres in size.

Two of these fires have grown in size due to strong easterly winds and dry conditions, with steep terrain and remote access posing challenges:

  • The North Fork Fire, located 16 miles east of Molalla, is an estimated 65 acres in size.
  • The Detroit Dam Fire, located 5 miles west of Detroit, is an estimated 50 acres in size.

While smoke is visible from both fires, there are no road closures or threatened structures associated with either fire.

“Though we are well outside fire season, it is fairly common to see fires of this nature this time of year due to lower humidity, seasonal winds, and dry conditions,” said ODF’s Fire Operations Manager Blake Ellis. “Our resources and those of our partners and cooperators train to consider the conditions, not the calendar. We appreciate the help from the public in making the same considerations and saving those burn piles for later in the season to help prevent additional fires.”

Private resources engaged on both the North Fork and Detroit Dam Fires include tenders, engines, and hand crews. The cause for both these fires is under investigation with containment status pending further information.

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Oregon Board of Forestry Subcommittee of Federal Forests Meets on Nov. 6 - 10/29/19

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Board of Forestry Subcommittee on Federal Forests will convene an evening meeting in Salem Nov. 6 from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. The subcommittee is meeting to review recent developments regarding the 2019 Shared Stewardship agreement and next steps.

The meeting will be held in the Clatsop Room, Building C, at the Oregon Department of Forestry Headquarters, located at 2600 State St. in Salem. The meeting is open to the public and a public comment period is on the agenda. Written comments may be submitted in advance of the meeting to oardofforestry@oregon.gov">Boardofforestry@oregon.gov.

Meeting materials are available at
www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/Subcommittee-of-Federal-Forests.aspx.

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

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.

Board of Forestry meets Nov. 6 and 7 - 10/24/19

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Board of Forestry will convene for a two-day meeting in Salem Nov. 6-7.

On Nov. 6, the Board will hear expert presentations on potential approaches and solutions to developing public policy on complex topics. They will also receive updates on the Governor's Council on Wildfire Response, rulemaking for marbled murrelets, and the Western Oregon State Forests Habitat Conservation Plan and Forest Management Plan revision processes.

On Nov. 7, the Board will hear presentations on a variety of topics intended to inform Board members on the strengths and limitations of how available science can inform complex policy decisions. This will include an afternoon activity that walks the Board through two process tools. These tools may provide assistance in navigating discussions around complex topics at future Board meetings.

The meetings will be held in the Tillamook Room, Building C, at the Oregon Department of Forestry Headquarters, located at 2600 State St. in Salem. The Nov. 6 meeting is scheduled from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., with public comment periods after each agenda topics, as well as at the start of the meeting for topics not on the agenda. The Nov. 7 meeting is scheduled from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., but will not have an opportunity for public comment. To ensure the Board has the opportunity to conduct all business on the agenda, public testimony will be limited to 30 minutes per agenda item. A sign-up sheet will be available to facilitate public comment. Written comments may be submitted in advance of the meeting to oardofforestry@oregon.gov">Boardofforestry@oregon.gov.

A livestream option will be available both days for those who wish to view the meeting remotely. For more details, visit https://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/BOFMeetings.aspx.

Meeting materials are available at 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 the ODF Public Affairs Office at 503-945-7200 at least 48 hours in advance.

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.

Forest Grove to host NW Oregon Regional Forest Practices Committee meeting on Oct. 30 - 10/22/19

FOREST GROVE, Ore. — The Northwest Oregon Regional Forest Practices Committee will meet Wednesday, Oct. 30 at the Oregon Department of Forestry office, 801 Gales Creek Road in Forest Grove starting at 9 a.m. Topics to be covered include:

  • Selection of Operator of the Year
  • Updates on a variety of other topics, including:
    • Reforestation implementation study
    • Siskiyou project
    • Western Oregon Desired Future Condition/Large-wood project
    • Interagency work on water quality and mercury levels
    • Wildlife food plot rules
    • Interagency agreements regarding fish passage
    • Marbled murrelet rule analysis process

There will be an opportunity for public comment near the beginning of the meeting. 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 Susan Dominique at 503-945-7502 or susan.dominique@oregon.gov.
 

Regional Forest Practices 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 Practices Committees, serving the Eastern, Northwest and Southwest regions of the state, were created by the 1971 Oregon Forest Practices Act. Under Oregon law, a majority of the committees’ members must be private forest landowners and logging or forest operations companies.


Oregon’s forests are among 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.

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State Forests Advisory Committee will meet Oct. 25 in Forest Grove - 10/21/19

SALEM, Ore – An Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) state forests advisory group will meet Friday, Oct. 25 in Forest Grove to receive updates on ODF Annual Operations Plan accomplishments for fiscal year 2019 and state forest issues, including:

  • Public engagement strategy
  • Recreation in State Forests
  • Habitat Conservation Plan update
  • Implementation Update on Workforce Futuring (State Forests organizational restructuring)
  • State Forests Business: Cash Flow and Forest Management Plan workshop

Opportunity for public comment is also on the agenda and is currently scheduled for 12:15 p.m. The full agenda will be posted at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/SFAC.aspx.

Meeting details

The State Forests Advisory Committee will meet at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 25, at the Forest Grove Community Auditorium, 1915 Main St., Forest Grove 97116.

SFAC’s role

The State Forests Advisory Committee (SFAC) is comprised of citizens and representatives of timber, environmental and recreation groups as well as watershed council, tribal and county representatives.. 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.

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 503-745-7427.

CANCELED: Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee Oct. 25 and Nov. 22 meetings - 10/18/19

SALEM, Ore. - Due to scheduling challenges related to upcoming litigation, Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee Chair David Yamamoto is cancelling scheduled FTLAC meetings on October 25 and November 22.