For immediate release:
October 10, 2012
Contact: Kevin Weeks, 503-945-7427
An advisory group to the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) will review a range of topics on management of state-owned forests in Northwest Oregon during an October 25 meeting in Forest Grove. The State Forests Advisory Committee (SFAC) will meet at the Forest Grove Community Auditorium, 1915 Main Street from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The proposed agenda for the Committee includes presentations and updates from ODF staff about the development of high-value conservation areas within the forest land management classification system for state forestlands, the long-term financial stability of ODF’s State Forests Division, post-timber sale trail restoration status, reporting accomplishments and performance for state forests, and updates on Board of Forestry work plans.
Members of the public are invited to attend and participate in the meeting. A public comment period is scheduled for 9:30 a.m.
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 ODF at 503-945-7427.
ODF’s State Forests Advisory Committee consists of representatives from the general public and from timber, environmental and recreational groups. The committee provides a forum to discuss issues, opportunities and concerns, and to 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. It calls for active management of the forestlands for a balanced mix of economic, environmental and social benefits.
ODF manages about 821,000 acres of forestland, in six large state forests and numerous small forest tracts in 15 counties. On most of the lands, two-thirds of the revenue generated from timber sales goes to the counties that deeded these lands to the state, being divided between the county’s local taxing districts, the county school fund and the county government general fund. ODF retains the remaining third to manage the forestlands and protect them from fire.
The remaining acreage, primarily in the Elliott State Forest near Reedsport, was granted to Oregon at statehood, and by constitutional mandate is managed to maximize revenue to the state’s Common School Fund, consistent with sound stewardship. ODF manages these lands under contract with the State Land Board.