January 29, 2013
Contact: Kevin Weeks, ODF Public Affairs (503) 945-7427
The Southwest Oregon Regional Forest Practices Committee will meet on Tuesday, February 12 at the Douglas Forest Protective Association conference room, 1758 NE Airport Road in Roseburg.
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 meeting is tentatively scheduled to run from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm with a public comment time scheduled near the start of the meeting.
The agenda for the meeting is scheduled to include:
- A report on the ODF project to implement 2011 House Bill 2165, which includes changes to written plan requirements, including discussion of the rulemaking process, public and industry input and development of rule concepts.
- Updates on ODF initiatives to address water quality protection concerns, including development of the Mid-Coast Total Daily Maximum Threshold multi-agency project, and development of rule language addressing riparian protection standards for small and medium fish-bearing streams.
- Updates on efforts to evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of the ODF Private Forests program, and development of a compliance audit measuring certain Forest Practices Act standards.
- Reports on reforestation waivers for lands along some state highways, and potential impacts to private landowners from wildlife rule changes removing bald eagles from protections under federal law.
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.
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