FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 14, 2012
Contact: Jim Cathcart 503-945-7493
Cynthia Orlando 503-945-7421
Oregon’s State Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee advises the State Forester on incentive programs for family forestland owners and is meeting this coming Thursday, September 20, 2012.
The committee − consisting of state and federal natural resource agency representatives, private forest landowners, consulting foresters, and members of forest industry and conservation organizations − meets from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Thursday in the Santiam meeting room at Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) headquarters in Salem.
Agenda topics include: an update by Brad Siemens, U.S. Forest Service, on the Community Forest Program; proposals presented by applicants for the Forest Legacy Program, and a discussion about how incentive programs might help landowners with reforestation funding following wildfires.
The committee advises the State Forester about U.S. Forest Service policies and procedures, including its Forest Legacy and Forest Stewardship programs. It also serves as the forestry subcommittee to the Oregon Technical Advisory Committee (OTAC), advising both the USDA Farm Services Agency and USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service on federal farm and forestry assistance programs.
Members of the public are invited to attend and participate. 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 503-945-7368.
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