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Forestry Board to meet 7-26 in Tillamook, tour state forest 7/27
 
 
Contacts:
Rod Nichols
503-945-7425
rnichols@odf.state.or.us
Dan Postrel
503-945-7420
dpostrel@odf.state.or.us
 
The Oregon Board of Forestry will discuss future management approaches for state-owned forests, hear a wildfire season forecast, and review a concept for a new Coast Range recreation corridor when it meets in Tillamook on July 26. The board will tour the Tillamook State Forest on July 27. 
 
Among State Forest-related items on the July 26 agenda, Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) staff will recommend that the board more clearly label areas designated for conservation purposes under current forest management plans.
 
This conservation-area visibility item is part of the board’s ongoing improvement of its management plans. The board and staff will also review recommendations and continuing work on other aspects of State Forest management, including:
The long-term financial viability of the State Forest management program, which is funded primarily through a share of timber sale revenues.

A pathway for exploring alternatives to current management strategies. An approach under consideration would allocate certain areas primarily for timber production, and others for management with a conservation emphasis.
Improvements to the performance measures the board uses to gauge success in managing the forests to provide a broad range of values to Oregonians. 
 
The management discussions involve the 615,000 acres of Northwest Oregon forest that are state-owned, about 2.5 percent of Oregon’s forest landbase. The Tillamook and Clatsop state forests are the most prominent of these lands.
 
Wildfire season update
Staff from ODF’s Fire Protection program will provide a status update and outlook on the 2012 wildfire season and ongoing interagency coordination. ODF works closely with forest landowners and with public agencies to provide fire protection on about 16 million acres of private and public forests, about half of Oregon’s forested lands.
 
Riparian protection rule analysis
Private Forests Program staff will present the results of rule analysis work regarding stream protection standards on small- and medium-sized fish-bearing streams. The board will be asked to make findings as to whether an appropriate range of initial alternatives is being considered, including non-regulatory approaches.
 
“Rails and Trails” project update
The board will receive an update on a cooperative effort to determine the feasibility of developing a recreation corridor along a historic rail line in the northern Coast Range’s Salmonberry River canyon. The corridor could potentially extend from Banks to Tillamook. A steering committee, with representatives of local and state organizations and government agencies, views the project as a way to contribute to local economic revitalization through increased tourism.
 
Public comment
The meeting is open to the public. During a general comment period at the beginning, public comment will be received on forestry-related items that are not included in the agenda. Time will also be provided for comment on specific agenda items as the board takes them up.
 
Meeting time and location
The board meeting will begin at 8 a.m. at the Oregon Department of Forestry Tillamook District office, 5005 Third St., in Tillamook.
 
Community social
The board will host a social gathering from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 26 at Koko’s Restaurant at Alderbrook Golf Course, 7300 Alderbrook Road, in Tillamook.
 
Tour time and location
The board field tour of the Tillamook State Forest will begin at 8 a.m. on July 27 with a briefing at the Tillamook District office. The tour will return to the office around 4:30 p.m. Members of the public wishing to join the tour are asked to provide their own lunch and transportation.
 
To learn more
More information on the Board of Forestry can be found at: www.oregonforestry.gov. Background information on the July 26 meeting, including staff reports, is available through the 2012 “Meeting Schedules” link on the website.
 
Special needs
Accommodations for people with disabilities, and special materials, services or assistance can be arranged by calling the department’s Public Affairs Office at least 48 hours before the meeting, 503-945-7200, text telephone 503-945-7213.