Note: The Board of Forestry will also join the State Land Board April 9 in executive session (details below)
A state Board of Forestry subcommittee will hold a telephone conference call April 9 to continue to develop principles for management of federal forests, review a draft action plan, and begin to shape plans for the full board’s July visit to La Grande.
The workshop will run from 1-2 p.m. Members of the public can listen from the Santiam Room, in Building D of the Oregon Department of Forestry’s headquarters at 2600 State Street in Salem.
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.
The subcommittee was formed in January to explore means of ongoing board engagement, in concert with Governor John Kitzhaber and his staff and other public policy leaders in federal forest management issues. The subcommittee is expected to report to the full board this summer.
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, and Brett Brownscombe, of Kitzhaber’s natural resources staff, as an advisor.
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.
The full Board of Forestry is scheduled to join the State Land Board at approximately 10:20 a.m. April 9 for an executive session to confer with legal counsel regarding current litigation. The executive session will be closed to the public, under provisions of Oregon law that provide for such sessions on specific, limited topics. [Oregon Revised Statute 192.660(2)(h)] Members of the media may attend under terms of ORS 192.660.
About the Board of Forestry
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.