For immediate release
February 21, 2013
Contact: Dan Postrel, 503-945-7420
A state Board of Forestry subcommittee will hold a telephone conference call February 26 to continue to explore ways in which the full board can work toward change in the management of federal forestlands in Oregon.
Federally owned forests account for about 60 percent of Oregon’s forestland base, and their management affects the health and sustainability of Oregon’s forest resource as a whole. Current challenges on the federal lands include deteriorating forest health, high fire danger, and economic hardship in communities dependent on federal timber harvests, which have declined significantly since the late 1980s.
At its February 26 phone call, the subcommittee, formed in January, will continue to outline ways to carry out its charge. The group is expected to present the full board in June with a clear statement of the case for state involvement in federal forest policy, and with principles to guide board work toward policy changes in concert with Governor John Kitzhaber and his staff, and other public policy leaders.
In ongoing work beyond June, the group is assigned to generate ideas, provide capacity for board work with other leaders and groups, and help plan a board field visit to Northeast Oregon in July.
Nils Christoffersen of Enterprise chairs the subcommittee, whose other members are Tom Insko of La Grande and Cindy Deacon Williams of Medford. Board Chair Tom Imeson of Portland serves in an ex-officio capacity. Kitzhaber’s office will also name an advisor to the committee.
The workshop, held by telephone conference, will run from noon to 1 p.m. Members of the public can listen from the Santiam Room, in Building D of the Department of Forestry’s headquarters at 2600 State St. in Salem.
Meeting materials will be available before the meeting at www.oregonforestry.gov
under the Board of Forestry Subcommittees tab.
Accommodations for people with disabilities, and special materials, services or assistance can be arranged by calling (503) 945-7200, at least 24 hours before the meeting.
About the board
The Board of Forestry consists of seven citizens nominated by the governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. Responsibilities include appointing the state forester, setting management direction for state-owned forests, adopting rules governing timber harvest and other practices on private forestland, and promoting sustainable management of Oregon’s 30 million-acre forestland base.