FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 3, 2013
Contact: Jim Cathcart 503-945-7493
Cynthia Orlando 503-945-7421
Oregon’s Stewardship Coordinating Committee, whose primary purpose is advising the State Forester on incentive programs for family forestland owners, meets Thursday, January 17, in Salem.
The committee − comprised of state and federal natural resource agency representatives, private forest landowners, consulting foresters and members of forest industry and conservation organizations – is meeting from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the 17th in the Santiam meeting room at Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) headquarters in Salem.
The committee advises the State Forester about policies and procedures for delivering private forest landowner assistance programs, including the U.S. Forest Service Legacy and Forest Stewardship programs. The agenda on the 17th includes developing Oregon’s capacity to provide financial assistance to private forestland owners following natural catastrophes such as wildfire, wind and ice storms, and insect and disease outbreaks. Also scheduled is a discussion about the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program – a U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Services Agency program implemented by cooperating state and federal agencies to develop forested stream-side buffers on agricultural and range lands.
Also on the agenda: an update about a U.S. Forest Service-funded project designed to develop a standardized system for preparing management plans for family forestlands. Partners in this “Uniform Resource Planning and Endorsement” system include the Oregon Tree Farm System, Forest Stewardship Council, Association of Consulting Foresters, U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Conservation Service, Oregon State University Forestry and Natural Resources Extension, the Oregon Forest Resources Institute, the Oregon Small Woodlands Association and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Updates about the Forest Service’s state and private forestry program, and ODF’s “Committee for Family Forestlands” are also scheduled.
In addition to advising the State Forester on incentive programs for family forestland owners, the committee also serves as forestry subcommittee to Oregon’s Technical Advisory Committee, 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. Questions about the meeting can be directed to Jim Cathcart or Cynthia Orlando at the contact numbers listed.
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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