September 10, 2012
Contact: Kevin Weeks, ODF Public Affairs, 503-945-7427
The Eastern Oregon Regional Forest Practices Committee has scheduled a meeting for Tuesday September 25 at the Lakeview BLM District offices, 1301 South “G” Street in Lakeview. The meeting is tentatively scheduled to run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with a public comment period scheduled near the start of the meeting.
The proposed agenda for the meeting is scheduled to include an update on the restoration work within the Private Forests program including hiring of stewardship forester and technical specialist positions, an update on implementation of an audit to measure Forest Practices Act compliance, review of proposed rule language implementing changes to written plan requirements and updates on current Department activities involving forest roads and standards to protect streamside riparian areas.
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 Northwest, Southwest and Eastern regions of the state, were created within the Oregon Forest Practices Act in 1971. Under Oregon law, the committees are comprised of citizens qualified by education or experience in natural resource management. A majority of Regional Forest Practices Committees members are private forest landowners, their representatives or persons regularly engaged in forest operations.
Members of the public may attend the meeting. 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 503-945-7502.
Additional information about ODF’s Regional Forest Practices Committees is available on the Oregon Department of Forestry's web site: www.oregon.gov/ODF/Pages/board/rfpc/rfpc.aspx