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Forest education awards, stream rules on Forestry Board's March agenda
News Release
February 25, 2013
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Contact:
   Rod Nichols, 503-945-7425, rnichols@odf.state.or.us
   Dan Postrel, 503-945-7420, dpostrel@odf.state.or.us
 
 
The Oregon Board of Forestry will continue its work on water quality protection, explore current fish habitat management practices and recognize outstanding forest educators when it meets March 6 in Salem.
 
The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in the Tillamook Room, in Building C at the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) headquarters, 2600 State St. A general public comment period is scheduled near the start of the meeting. Public comment on specific agenda items will be received as the board takes them up.
 
Items on the March 6 agenda include:
 
Operator of the Year awards – The board will honor recipients of the Forest Practices Regional Operator of the Year awards for 2012. The awards honor loggers for diligence and commitment in natural resource protection, in accordance with or beyond the standards of the Oregon Forest Practices Act. The winners, announced previously and also honored last week at the Oregon Logging Conference in Eugene, are Hagedorn Logging of La Grande and Ken Fallon Logging of Tillamook. There are also several merit award winners.
 
Rellergert Forest Education awards – Outstanding contributions to forest education will be recognized with the Mary Rellergert Forest Education award. The award series honors ODF forest education coordinator Mary Rellergert, who passed away in February 2004. State Forester Doug Decker will also present a special State Forester’s Award to two recipients for their career-long contributions to forestry education.
 
Stream protection rule analysis – The board will review and provide direction on a science review approach to guide analysis of rules governing forest operations near small and medium fish-bearing streams. The science review is a step in an analysis process that the board approved last year. The analysis seeks to ensure that rules promote adequate streamside shade to help maintain cool water for fish and stream health.
 
Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds – Tom Byler, executive director of the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, will trace the history of voluntary measures under the Oregon Plan, with a focus on forestry projects. Passed by the Oregon Legislature in 1997, the initiative outlined a plan for conserving salmon and their habitat. Private forest landowners have made significant contributions toward the goals of the Oregon Plan, such as the installation of state-of-the-art road culverts to improve fish passage.
Fish habitat and aquatic ecosystems in managed forests – Bruce McIntosh will present key findings from the monitoring of fish and fish habitat in managed forests, conducted by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW). MacIntosh is acting administrator of ODFW’s Fish Division.
 
Climate change adaptation – At a planning workshop last October, the board discussed several emerging issues for future consideration and action. Staff will discuss and finalize the list of issues with the board and present initial ideas about a framework the board could use in addressing one of those issues, forests’ response to climate change.  
 
Special needs
Accommodations for people with disabilities, and special materials, services or assistance can be arranged calling the department’s Public Affairs Office at least 48 hours before the meeting, 503-945-7200.
 
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.
 
More information is available at: www.oregonforestry.gov. Background information on the March 6 meeting, including staff reports, is available through the 2013 “Meeting Schedules” link.