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Committee for Family Forestlands to meet March 13 in Salem
The Oregon Department of Forestry issued this news brief today and provided public notice of this meeting as designated in ORS 192.640 –

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Major Media Distribution
March 7, 2013
News Contact: Cynthia Orlando, 503-945-7421
Lena Tucker, 503-945-7529
                                                                       

The Committee for Family Forestlands meets at 9:00 next Wednesday, March 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 March meeting includes a talk by Oregon State University's (OSU) Dr. Tom Mannes about OSU's 260-acre “Cameron tract”- an educational demonstration forest - as well as the school's new "Starker Chair" position, and a general overview of the College of Forestry.
 
In addition, the committee will revisit plans for a private lands pilot project in Eastern Oregon. This collaborative project in the John Day / Ritter Valley area is being designed to preserve forest ecosystems and enhance public benefits from private forests. The committee will also continue discussions about tax issues and financial constraints facing family forestland owners.
 
“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.
 
Committee composition
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.

These meetings are open to the public
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:
www.oregon.gov/ODF/pages/board/cff/cff.aspx.

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