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Federal Forestlands Advisory Committee Meets January 5
12/27/2006
Contact: Kevin Birch (503) 945-7405
Dan Postrel (503) 881-3453
 
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The Oregon Board of Forestry’s advisory committee on federal forestlands will meet on Friday, Jan. 5, inSalem. The meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Tillamook Room at the Oregon Department of Forestry, 2600 State St. , in Salem . The committee’s meeting is open to the public.
 
An agenda for the meeting is being developed and, when finalized, will be posted on the committee’s web page at www.oregon.gov/ODF/BOARD/FFAC.shtml. A public comment period will be included – either late in morning or sometime in the afternoon.
 
The Federal Forestlands Advisory Committee has been charged by the Governor and the Oregon Board of Forestry to “create a unified vision of how federal lands should contribute to the sustainability of Oregon ’s forests.”
 
Federal forests cover more than 16 million acres in Oregon – about 58 percent of the forest land base. The board strives to consider forests of all ownerships – federal, private, state, tribal and other – in seeking a sustainable flow of environmental, economic and social benefits for Oregonians.
 
The work of the advisory committee is a key part of the board’s effort to give Oregonians a greater voice in charting the future of federal forestlands. The advisory committee is helping the board develop a vision for how federal forestlands can better contribute to Oregon ’s environmental, economic and social well-being.
 
Forestry board Chair Steve Hobbs chairs the advisory committee, which has members representing a broad range of interests. The committee’s 12 members (list attached) represent environmental, industry, local government, tribal, and other interests. They were selected from a group of candidates that included recommendations from Oregon ’s congressional delegation.
 
The work also is consistent with Senate Bill 1072, passed by the 2005 legislature, which encourages state-federal collaboration on federal forest management.
 
The advisory committee will work with the board over the next two years, with the board tentatively scheduled to adopt a guidance document and send it to the governor for his consideration in early 2009. The document will state Oregon’s interests in forest policy-making at the national level, and also to be used as input in specific management planning conducted by federal forest units within Oregon.

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Federal Forestland Advisory Committee Members
 
Ralph Bloemers                                                   
CRAG Law Center
 
Allyn Ford
Roseburg Forest Products
 
Chuck Graham
Retired national forest supervisor
 
Steve Grasty
Harney County Judge
 
Steve Hobbs (Chair)
Oregon Board of Forestry
 
Russ Hoeflich
The Nature Conservancy
 
Annabelle Jaramillo
Benton County Commission
 
Bill Kluting
Western Council of Industrial Workers
 
R. Wade Mosby
Collins Companies
 
Zane Smith, Jr.
Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission
 
Tim Vredenburg
Coquille Indian Tribe
 
Ken Williamson
Oregon Environmental Quality Commission