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Forestry E-Letter
April 2012 - Issue 7

ODF forester's painting a winner in conservation stamp contest
This is a ph oto of the entry submitted by Sara Stack to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's Habitat Conservation Stamp content that shows a western meadowlark in its' natural habitat.
Sara Stack's winning entry
At the age of five, when most kids do well just to color within the lines, Sara Stack, a forester with the department's Coos District, was already turning out detailed drawings. Her artistic gifts carried on through high school, when in her senior year she won the Minnesota Junior Federal Duck Stamp contest with a painting of a Lesser Scaup.
Her artist’s eye paid off recently with a win in the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Habitat Conservation Stamp Contest. The painting features a western meadowlark amidst a natural setting that Stack says includes four species of wildflowers: Oregon sunshine, golden paintbrush, peacock larkspur and Tolmie’s mariposa lily. 
“Two of these plants, golden paintbrush and peacock larkspur, are also in the conservation strategy for the prairies in the Willamette Valley,” says Stack. To complete the setting, Stack also incorporated three grass species characteristic of the open country favored by Oregon’s state bird.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will sell the habitat conservation stamps produced from Stack’s painting for $40 each, which will include an annual ODFW Wildlife Area Parking Permit (a $22 value), with proceeds going to benefit conservation of Oregon's native species and habitats. There will also be a limited run of prints for sale.
Stack has found Oregon to be equally rich in subject matter for a wildlife artist. The forester has daily opportunities to view wildlife in the course of setting up timber sales on the Elliott State Forest.  “There are really a variety of creatures and habitats to choose from here,” she said.


Governor's Food Drive breaks new records at ODF
This is a photo of food provided to Oregonians by the Oregon Food Bank.
All food drive proceeds benefit the Oregon Food Bank.
This February through fundraisers, auctions, canned food donations, bake sales, lunch events, donations, and payroll deductions ODF again made a difference for many families in Oregon. This year, a few records were broken; in particular, the agency raised 247,783 pounds of food, about 63,000 pounds more in food donations than last year.
In 1982, Governor Atiyeh started the Governor’s State Employees Food Drive, calling on every state agency to help “reduce the suffering of those without adequate food resources” and “show that true Oregonians believe that we can and do help our friends and neighbors in need.” The annual Governor’s State Employees Food Drive is the largest food drive benefiting the Oregon Food Bank Network.

Each year, the Department recognizes the top donations from each of the three “Areas” in the state (Southern Oregon / SOA, Eastern Oregon / EOA, Northwest Oregon / NWOA), as well as from Salem. This year’s highest donations:
* NWOA – Molalla: 70,214 pounds of food
* SOA – Grants Pass: 7,810 pounds of food
* EOA – Klamath Falls, 44,844 pounds of food
* Salem – Fire Protection, 15,496 pounds of food
Thank you to department's Food Drive Coordinator for this year, Pam Young, and to the many site coordinators, and everyone who contributed to this worthy activity.

Grant applications sought for new Community Forest Program
This is a photo of young people out in the forest learning about the many benefits that forests provide.
Community benefits include forest learning opportunities.
A new federal grant program that provides financial assistance to local governments, Tribal governments, and nonprofit entities for establishing community forests is now available.
Passed under the 2008 Farm Bill, the Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program (CFP) authorizes the U.S. Forest Service to pay up to 50 percent of the project costs to a maximum of $400,000. Lands eligible for grants under the program must be private forest at least five acres in size, at least 75 percent forested, and suitable to sustain natural forest cover. 
Community benefits, as described under the CFP, include:
* Provides recreational, educational, experiential learning opportunities
* Protects habitat
* Provides economic opportunities
* Improves forest health
* Conserves water supply and watershed
* Establishes model demonstration forests
* Mitigates climate change
More program basics
The program pays up to 50 percent of acquisition costs - and requires at least a 50 percent  non-federal match. Qualified non-profits and local governments apply through the Oregon Department of Forestry; Indian Tribes apply directly to the U.S. Forest Service.
Applications from family forestry-related non-profit organizations - with local forestland owner and community involvement, and demonstrated financial and organizational capacity to manage the property - are strongly encouraged. Landowner contribution to the required non-federal match in form of bargain sale is also encouraged.
A preference will be given for properties already demonstrating effective forest stewardship and sustainable forestry, as opposed to properties in a degraded condition.
How to apply
All applicants must send an e-mail to communityforest@fs.fed.us to confirm an application has been submitted to the Oregon Department of Forestry for funding consideration. Hard copy or electronic versions of applications need to be submitted to:
Jim Cathcart
PH: 503-945-7493
and received no later than close of business, May 15, 2012


Bend's Rimrock West community is "Firewise"
This is a graphic of the Firewise logo.
On Thursday, March 29, Bend’s Rimrock West community was nationally recognized as the second Bend neighborhood to be designated a Firewise Community

The City of Bend has prepared a short YouTube video about Rimrock West's work to become a Firewise Community. You can watch the video at:
More information on the Rimrock West community's Firewise designation:
More information on Firewise Communities can be found on the Firewise website at:

One-day forestry classes offered in Springfield
This is a photo of a road through a forest.
A class on "Woodland Roads" is one of the course offerings.
Oregon State University's Extension Forestry Program, in conjunction with Forests Today & Forever and Lane Small Woodlands, is offering several exciting forestry-related courses in Springfield this year.
Among them:
Non-timber Forest Products for Enjoyment and Income  
April 24, 6-8:30 p.m.
Woodland Roads: Best Management Practices to Protect your Property and Meet the Rules.  NOTE: This class will be a field session at Steve Bowers' property and will include lots of practical, on-the-ground advice.
May 15, 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Forest Practices Illustrated: Good Stewardship, Good Compliance
May 15, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Classes are held at the National Guard Armory in Springfield, unless otherwise noted.
For more information and to register:
PH: 541-344-5859
Advance registration is required.

OFRI's "Careers in Forestry" program helps students, forestry
Are you familiar with the Oregon Forest Resources Institute's (OFRI) "Careers in Forestry" program?
Launched five years ago, its goal is providing students face-to-face connections with forestry professionals who can give them information on career choices in Oregon's forest sector.
OFRI's education contractor is Peter Matzka, who holds a PhD from Oregon State University's College of Forestry.  Matzka travels to high schools throughout the state, presenting a 60-minute program that introduces students to Oregon's forests and a variety of career opportunities in the forest sector.
This past year, he presented to a record 3,300 students in 117 high school classes and three career events.
For more information, contact:
Peter Matzka
PH: 503-884-6202
E-mail:  forestcareers@ofri.org.

This is photo of a forest tour and presentation in the South Cascade District.
Learning more about Oregon's Forests

If you’re a professional forester, or, work in the forest sector, and love to discuss forest topics with the public…maybe it's time to join OFRI's Speaker's Bureau as a presenter!
A training session for new speakers by OFRI is scheduled from 7-9 p.m., April 25, in conjunction with the Oregon Society of American Foresters annual meeting in Seaside. At the two-hour session, you'll receive tips, background and presentations to aid in providing educational talks to civic groups and professional organizations around Oregon.
For more information, contact:
Jordan Benner, OFRI Public Outreach Program Manager
PH:  971-673-2951
E-mail:  benner@ofri.org 

Oregon Board of Forestry/Environmental Quality Commission Joint Meeting/Tour
Oregon’s Board of Forestry and Environmental Quality Commission will meet in Newport on April 26 to explore a range of water quality topics, and build understanding of their shared roles and responsibilities. The two panels will host a tour the following day, examining water quality issues in urban, agricultural, and forest settings.
The two groups will conduct separate business meetings, but will hold a joint session the afternoon of April 26.
The Board of Forestry agenda also includes consideration of a timeline for administrative rule analysis, related to protection standards for small- and medium-sized fish-bearing streams in western Oregon.
The meeting begins at 10 a.m. at Newport’s Best Western Agate Beach Inn, with the tour beginning at 8 a.m. on the following day. Additional information is available at www.oregonforestry.gov.

SOLVE IT Earth Day event a success in the Tillamook State Forest
This is a photo of volunteers from Oregon Equestrian Trails and Intel with the Scotch Broom they removed in the Reehers Camp Area.  (Photo by Michaele Gordon of Oregon Equestrian Trails); from L–R:  Wayne Salisbury, Wendy Zurcher, Bryan Veal, Greg Gordon, and Paula Thurston.
Volunteers from Oregon Equestrian Trails and Intel
On Saturday, April 21, the Forest Grove District Recreation Unit partnered with SOLV to host one of the 200 SOLVE IT Earth Day Clean-up Sites; the 20th year of the Tillamook State Forest’s participation in this SOLV event.
It was a beautiful day, the volunteers were amazing (as always), and at the end of the day, everyone left feeling a great sense of accomplishment.  The event was a tremendous success as 49 volunteers worked with ODF staff in teams to remove a massive amount of garbage and debris from the Tillamook State Forest. In all, 49 volunteers and three ODF employees removed 177 tires, 30 cubic yards of general garbage, and one pick-up load of invasive Scotch Broom plants.
Clubs and organizations represented included: Northwest Trail Alliance, Oregon Equestrian Trails, Cascade Cruisers, North American XJ Association, Oregon Bush Hackers, Ryan Godsey Family and Friends (Trekking for Trash), Tillamook State Forest Trail Patrol, Hubs In 4-Wheelers, The MacKey Family, and Git Out!.
SWATCO Sanitary Service, Inc. which donated two 30-yard dumpsters, and free hauling services for the cleaned-up debris, and the Oregon Department of Transportation permitted use of the ODOT sand shed on Highway 6 as the staging area.
Thanks to everyone who supported or participated in this event!


Bulgarian forestry delegation visits ODF
Pictured, L-R: Back Row: Doug Decker, Oregon State Forester, and Denitsa Pandeva, Bulgaria Executive Forest Agency; Front Row: Jim Johnson, OSU Extension; Ivaylo Ivanov and Rumen Tomov, both of Forestry University of Sofia Bulgaria.
Bulgarian delegates visit ODF
On March 20, ODF hosted a delegation from the Forestry University of Sofia, in Bulgaria, during their visit to the Salem Campus, courtesy of Oregon State University Extension Service Forestry Program. Jim Johnson, Associate Dean and Program Leader, Forestry and Natural Resources Extension at the OSU College of Forestry, arranged for the delegation's time with ODF where they heard from various forestry personnel who provided information on Oregon forestry, met and visited with the State Forester, and toured the State Forester’s Office and Forest History Center.  Conversations during the meetings and tours discussed the similarities and differences in forests and forestry in Bulgaria and Oregon, and were very illuminating and enjoyable for all who participated.
Oregon State University Extension has been working with the Forestry University of Sofia (the only forestry school in the country) for the past two years, helping them develop a nationwide Forestry and Natural Resources Extension Service, patterned somewhat off of Oregon’s program.  This visit was an opportunity for the Bulgarian representatives to get a closer look at how OSU Extension operates in Oregon - meeting with OSU partners (such as the Oregon Department of Forestry), visiting various OSU Extension offices, touring active educational and working forests, and spending the day at Tree School in Clackamas County; truly seeing OSU Extension in action.


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In this issue 

-ODF forester's painting a winner in conservation stamp contest
-Governor's Food Drive breaks new records at ODF
-Grant applications sought for new Community Forest Program
-The community of Rimrock is Firewise
-One-day forestry classes offered in Springfield
-OFRI's 'Careers in Forestry' program
-OFRI's Speakers Bureau
-Oregon BOF and EQC Joint Meeting and tour
-SOLVE IT Earth Day event a success in the Tillamook State Forest
-Bulgarian forestry delegation visits ODF
-Questions or comments?