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Committee for Family Forestlands to meet May 15 in Salem
News Release
May 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, May 15, 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 May meeting agenda includes welcoming comments by Committee Chair Craig Shinn. Shinn, a Portland State University faculty member, serves 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.
 
The Committee for Family Forestlands will be briefed on legislative updates by Deputy Chief of the Private Forests program, Lena Tucker, and will also discuss the Middle Fork John Day Private Forestlands Collaborative in Eastern Oregon. This collaborative project in the John Day / Ritter Valley area is being designed to allow landowners to work together to preserve forest ecosystems and enhance public benefits from private forests.
 
The committee will continue discussions about tax issues and financial constraints facing family forestland owners in Oregon, and will hear from guests and subject matter specialists Dallas Boge and Clint Bentz.  Bentz is a CPA with Boldt, Carlisle & Smith in Stayton.
 
“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.
 
Meetings 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.