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Northwest Oregon Regional Forest Practices Committee meets December 5 in Forest Grove
News Release
Northwest Oregon Regional Forest Practices Committee meets December 5 in Forest Grove
November 21, 2012
Contact:  Kevin Weeks, ODF Public Affairs, 503-945-7427
 
The NW Oregon Regional Forest Practices Committee will meet on Wednesday, December 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Oregon Department of Forestry’s (ODF) office at 801 Gales Creek Road (Tualatin meeting room) in Forest Grove. A public comment period is scheduled near the start of the meeting.
 
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, a majority of Regional Forest Practices Committees members are private forest landowners and logging or forest operations companies.

The agenda for the meeting is scheduled to include:
• Reports on the restoration plan for the Private Forests Program, including updates on establishment of a compliance audit program regarding Forest Practices Act standards and progress towards on-line Notification systems for forest operations. 
• A review and discussion of draft rule language to implement 2011 House Bill 2165, which directed changes to written plan requirements.
• Review of projects nominated as NW Oregon’s 2012 Forest Practices Operator of the Year / Merit Award sites.
• Updates on ODF work evaluating riparian protection standards for small and medium fish-bearing streams.

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 503-945-7427.
 
Oregon’s forests are among one of the state’s most valued resources, providing a balanced mix of environmental, economic and social benefits.
 
Additional information about ODF’s Regional Forest Practices Committees is available on the Oregon Department of Forestry’s web site:
http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/pages/board/rfpc/rfpc.aspx
 
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