July 3, 2013
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The Oregon Board of Forestry will meet July 11 to finalize the Oregon Department of Forestry’s fire protection budgets for the current fiscal year, including the assessments that landowners pay for fire protection service.
The Board approved the budget totals in June. But the corresponding per-acre assessment rates need to be adjusted, reflecting state legislative action on the Wildfire Protection Act (House Bill 2050). The bill’s provisions include mitigation of the assessments on fire-prone, lower-productivity forestlands in eastern Oregon, intended to help keep these lands economically viable as working forests. The House and Senate have sent the bill to the governor.
The board will meet by conference call at 8:15 a.m. Members of the public may attend at the Oregon Department of Forestry’s headquarters, 2600 State St., in Salem. The meeting site is the Tillamook Room, in the Administration Building.
The current budgets are for the fiscal year that began Monday, July 1.
Forest protection associations and the department’s protection districts across the state have held public meetings for landowners affected by the budgets. There will be an additional public comment opportunity at the July 11 meeting.
Accommodations for people with disabilities, and special materials, services or assistance can be arranged by calling the department’s Public Affairs Office at least 48 hours before the meeting, at (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 on the board is available at www.oregonforestry.gov
. Background information on the June 5 meeting, including staff reports, is available through the 2013 “Meeting Schedules” link.