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Committee for Family Forestlands meets April 17

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 April 3, 2013
News Contact:
Lena Tucker, 503-945-7529
Cynthia Orlando, 503-945-7421 
The Committee for Family Forestlands meets at 9:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 17, 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.
What's on the agenda?
The April meeting agenda includes welcoming comments by Committee Chair, Craig Shinn. Shinn is a Portland State University faculty member, serving as director of their Public Administration and Policy Ph.D Program.  Shinn also works on environmental and natural resource policy matters through teaching, research and professional outreach.
Also scheduled is a discussion to be led by Paige Fischer (Research social scientist and courtesy faculty with Oregon State University's Forest Ecosystems and Society Program), on restoring fire-prone Ponderosa pine on private lands in Oregon.
Fischer will also discuss how family forest owners can mitigate wildfire risk through fuel treatments on their properties.
Following lunch is a panel discussion about forestland taxes. Also on the agenda is an update about a collaborative pilot project in Eastern Oregon. Located in the John Day / Ritter Valley area, this collaborative project is in the planning stages and is designed to preserve forest ecosystems as well as enhance public benefits from private forests. 
Says Lena Tucker, Deputy Chief of the Private Forests Division: “The Committee for Family Forestlands performs valuable work for the state...consistently looking ahead to identify ways to protect forestland resources and maintain a viable family forestland base.” 
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:
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