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Forestry Board focuses on planning, operational processes at Oct. 24 workshop
News Release
October 16, 2012
Contact: Kevin Weeks, 503-945-7427, kweeks@odf.state.or.us
Rod Nichols, 503-945-7425, rnichols@odf.state.or.us
 
 
The Oregon Board of Forestry will discuss ways to simplify and refine its planning and operating processes during an annual workshop on October 24.
 
The session will focus on the board’s transition to a new, streamlined set of work plans. The new plans focus on the Oregon Department of Forestry’s key businesses: wildfire protection; managing state-owned forests; protecting resources and promoting sound stewardship on private forestlands; and administration.
 
A separate work plan is being crafted to address emerging and overarching issues. Several plans that are outdated or completed are being closed out.
 
At the workshop, the board and department staff will also discuss operational matters such as agenda development, the format of meeting minutes, and the 2013 meeting calendar.

The workshop, which is open to the public, will be in the Orchid Room at the Oregon Garden Resort, 895 W. Main Street, in Silverton. It is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
 
An executive session, closed to the public, to discuss litigation is scheduled for 1-2:30 p.m. Oregon law provides for closed sessions for this purpose and other limited topics. [ORS 992.660(h)] 
 
No decisions will be made during the workshop or executive session, and the workshop format does not include a public comment period.
 
The Board of Forestry consists of seven citizens nominated by the governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. Board functions include appointing the state forester, providing broad oversight of the Department of Forestry, adopting rules governing timber harvest and other practices on state and private forestland, and promoting sustainable management of Oregon’s 30 million-acre forestland base.
 
For more information about the board, visit www.oregonforestry.gov. Agenda materials for the October 24 meeting are available through the 2012 “Meeting Schedules” link.
 
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