The Oregon Department of Forestry issued this news brief today and provided public notice of this meeting as designated in ORS 192.640.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Major Media Distribution
February 5, 2013
News Contact: Cynthia Orlando, 503-945-7421, or Lena Tucker, 503-945-7529
The Committee for Family Forestlands meets at 9:00 Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) headquarters in Salem. The Committee provides information and counsel to the Oregon Board of Forestry and State Forester in matters relating to family forestlands, including maintenance of a viable family forestland base, protection of resources and positive contributions to Oregon's vitality.
On the agenda
The agenda proposed for the February meeting includes continued discussion about the Eastern Oregon private lands pilot project. This is a project to protect forest landscapes from threats, preserve ecosystems and enhance public benefits from private forests in the John Day / Ritter Valley area, proposed for funding by the U.S. Forest Service’s Western Competitive Grant process. Tentative collaborators identified to date include the Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon Committee for Family Forestlands, Oregon State University (OSU) Forestry and Natural Resource Extension, Oregon Forest Resources Institute, North Fork John Day Watershed Council and the Natural Resource Conservation Service.
“The Committee for Family Forestlands performs valuable work for the state, consistently looking ahead to identify ways to protect resources and maintain a viable family forestland base,” said Lena Tucker, Deputy Chief, Private Forests Division.
The committee will also begin discussions on a new topic - that of tax issues, financial constraints, and opportunities affecting family forestlands.
Thirteen positions – seven voting members and six seats in non-voting roles – form the committee. Voting members include family forest owners, an environmental community representative, a representative of Oregon’s forest products industry, and a citizen-at-large representing the public.
Non-voting ex-officio members may include representatives of the Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon State University, Oregon small forestland groups, forestry-related industry associations, and the Oregon Forest Resources Institute.
Members of the public are invited to attend and participate in the meeting. The meeting takes place in the Santiam Meeting Room, Operations Building D, at ODF headquarters in Salem. ODF headquarters are located at 2600 State Street, Salem. 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 503-945-7502.
Additional information about the Committee for Family Forestlands is available on ODF’s web site at:
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