FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 8, 2012
Contact: Jim Cathcart 503-945-7493
Cynthia Orlando 503-945-7421
Oregon’s Stewardship Coordinating Committee advises the State Forester on incentive programs for family forestland owners and meets this coming Thursday, October 11, 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 12:30 p.m. this coming Thursday in the Santiam meeting room at Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) headquarters in Salem. The committee advises the State Forester about U.S. Forest Service policies and procedures, including Forest Legacy and Forest Stewardship programs.
The focus of Thursday’s meeting is the evaluation and ranking of Forest Legacy propoals for the Fiscal Year 2014 funding cycle. The Forest Legacy Program addresses privately-owned forestlands that face threats to conversion to non-forest use by urbanization, rural residential development, parcelization (the breaking up of large forestland tracts of single ownership into smaller tracts with multiple owners) and other development pressures.
Forest Legacy provides funds for the purchase of development rights to eligible private forestlands through conservation easement, or, fee-title acquisition into public ownership. Not more than 3 proposals will be recommended, totaling $10 million or less in Forest Legacy Program fund request. Forest Legacy proposals are being recommended to the State Forester for submittal to the Forest Legacy National Review Panel.
The Stewardship Coordinating Committee 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.