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Forestry E-Letter
March 2012 - Issue 6

ODF welcomes three new members to the Oregon Board of Forestry
The Oregon Board of Forestry welcomes three new members, who were appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate on February 13, 2012.
The three new board members are:
Nils Christoffersen, Enterprise OR
Nils currently serves as Executive Director of the non-profit Wallowa Resources, based in Enterprise. He’s a native of northern Virginia and holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in economics from Williams College in Massachusetts, and a master’s degree in forestry and land use from Oxford University. Nils has been with Wallowa Resources since 1999, and has been executive director since 2007.
Before coming to northeast Oregon, Nils worked as Executive Director of Africa Resources Trust USA in Washington DC; as Regional Program Coordinator in Southern Africa for the World Conservation Union; and as International Program Officer for the Agricultural University of Norway. He has served on and chaired the Governor’s Eastside Forest Advisory Panel, the National Commission on Science for Sustainable Forestry, and currently chairs the Enterprise School Board.
Cindy Deacon Williams, Medford OR
Cindy is a consulting fisheries biologist with 30 years of service in state and federal government and in the non-profit world. A Nevada native, she holds a bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University and a master’s degree from California State University in Sacramento, both in biological sciences. Cindy has worked in the California Legislature as chief of staff to Assemblyman Robert J. Campbell; and for the USDA Forest Service as Assistant Fisheries Program Leader and co-leader of the Interior Columbia Basin EIS Team.
She has served as Director of Aquatic Science and Conservation Education Programs for the National Center for Conservation Science and Policy. She currently works in private practice as a natural resources consultant.
Tom Insko, La Grande OR
Tom is Region Manager for Boise’s Inland region, which includes eight manufacturing facilities and approximately 925 employees. He is a native of eastern Oregon growing up on the family farm 35 miles north of La Grande.  Tom is a graduate of Eastern Oregon University where he received degrees in mathematics and business economics, and he holds a Masters of Business Administration from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.
He has worked for Boise Cascade for 16 years with the majority of his responsibilities focused on operations management.  He’s worked as analyst; plant superintendent at Boise’s Elgin stud mill; production manager for the overall Elgin Complex; senior financing manager at the corporate offices; and as manager of Boise’s Washington Region.  Tom has served on the Eastern Oregon University Foundation since 2006, and is currently its Vice President.
The Oregon Board of Forestry, agency staff, and members of the public as they visit small, non-industrial, private forestlands during a meeting/tour in November 2011. 
In appreciation:
The agency deeply appreciates the work of our three outgoing members, who have provided excellent service to Oregonians and our  forests: Peter Hayes of Portland; Cal Mukumoto of Coos Bay; and Jennifer Phillippi of Cave Junction. We thank them for their contributions of service and leadership and consider them partners in promoting the health and sustainability of Oregon’s forests for the future
Next meeting:
The three new board members join ODF’s four currently serving members: Sybil Ackerman of Portland; John Blackwell, Chair, of Portland; Gary Springer of Corvallis; and Steve Wilson of Portland. The full group of seven will meet together for the first time at the March 7th Board meeting in Salem.
More information:
More information on Oregon's Board of Forestry is on the web at:

Perpetua Forests Company plants its millionth tree
From left to right: Dave Streeter, Kathy Krauss, Brian Sutch, John Firth, and Dwight Fickes, Perpetua Forests Company.
Perpetua estimates they plant about 116,000 trees each year.
Perpetua Forests Company planted its one-millionth tree Thursday, February 16, in a ceremony attended by some 30 foresters, family and friends. Kathy Krauss, wife of the late Lew Krauss Jr., did the honors after forester Dave Streeter dug the hole.
"It’s probably the most important part of the whole process," said retired Perpetua Forester John Firth about the planting. Perpetua Forests Company was founded in 2002 from lands that were originally held by Indian Hill, LLC. Its 26,520 acres of southern Oregon forestlands are located in Josephine, Jackson, and southern Douglas counties.
Perpetua Forests Company's President is Jennifer Krauss Phillippi - who just ended her second and final four-year term on the Oregon Board of Forestry."These are valuable jobs in an area with a serious job issue," Phillippi said in an article in the Daily Courier. "What’s happening here today is an example that the Krauss family is in it for the long haul in this valley."

Tillamook Forest Center re-opens for the 2012 season
This is a photo of the Tillamook Forest Center and the snowfall on Opening Day, March 1, 2012.
Tillamook Forest Center - Opening Day, March 1, 2012
The Tillamook Forest Center has re-opened for the 2012 season and is welcoming visitors again! Current days/hours of operation: are Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - and admission is always free. Nestled in the foothills of Oregon's Coast Range, opening days are especially scenic this year at the Center due to the recent early spring snowfall that fell throughout much of western Oregon.
Over the next few months, there are lots of special free events coming up for all ages, including the Center's annual Arbor Week Celebration and tree planting activities on Saturday, April 7; a special program on Logging Railroads of the Pacific Slope on Saturday, April 28; and learning more about what you can do to help your home survive a wildfire during Wildfire Awareness Week, May 5-13, 2012 (where Smokey Bear makes always stops by to help!). In addition to these special events, enjoy the variety of nature and history programs that are usually offered each day on week-ends, and are always free, as well.
Visit us today and "find yourself in the forest."
More information on the Tillamook Forest Center is on their website at:
 The Tillamook Forest Center is also on Facebook.  Visit and "like" us at

Temporary Butte Creek Falls Trailhead and Campground closure
This is a photo of Upper Butte Creek Falls in the Santiam State Forest.
Upper Butte Creek Falls in the Santiam State Forest
The Butte Creek Falls Trailhead and Butte Creek Campground area will close the first week of March 2012 to provide for public safety during an upcoming timber harvest in the area. Gates will be installed on Crooked Finger 400 Road on either side of the trailhead and campground. The popular local visitor area, 12 miles southeast of Silverton, lies within the Santiam State Forest. The closure is expected to extend until the Memorial Day week-end.
More information on the Santiam State Forest is on the North Cascade District's website at:

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In This Issue 

ODF welcomes three new members to the Oregon Board of Forestry
Perpetua Forests plants its millionth tree
Tillamook Forest Center re-opens for the 2012 season
Temporary Butte Creek Falls Trailhead and Campground closure