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Federal Forestlands Advisory Committee Meets Feb. 5
For Immediate Release
Distribution: Major Media
Contact:  Kevin Birch, PH:  503-945-7405
The Oregon Board of Forestry’s Federal Forestlands Advisory Committee will meet on Monday, Feb. 5, in Salem. 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.
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, and how those lands can better contribute to Oregon’s environmental, economic, and social well-being.
The meeting agenda includes a staff presentation and committee discussion on the situation of Oregon’s forestlands, and federal agency comments on the committee’s work and process.  A public comment period is scheduled for 11:45 a.m., with specific comments requested on any of the following questions:
1.         Using the information in the situation assessment as a guide, what is the most important concern you have about Oregon’s federal forestlands?
2.         What are important characteristics of a successful relationship between Oregon and the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management?
3.         Do you have any suggestions about the committee’s charter or process?
The situation assessment, draft committee charter, and complete agenda are available on the committee’s web page at www.oregon.gov/ODF/BOARD/FFAC.shtml.
Federal forests cover more than 16 million acres in Oregon – about 58 percent of the state’s forest land base. The wide range of values that these forestlands provide - recreation, wilderness, access, wildlife, water, and timber – are critical to Oregon’s economy, social fabric, and environmental health.
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.” The work is also consistent with Senate Bill 1072, passed by the 2005 Legislature, which encourages state-federal collaboration on federal forest management.
The committee’s work will be submitted to the Governor for his consideration, and will state Oregon’s interests in forest policy-making at the national level, and also be used for input into planning and management for Oregon’s federal forestlands.
Forestry board Chair Steve Hobbs chairs the 12-member advisory committee (list attached), who represent a broad range of interests, including environmental, industry, tribal, and local government.

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
Carpenter’s Industrial Council
R. Wade Mosby
Collins Companies
Zane Smith, Jr.
Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission
Tim Vredenburg
Coquille Indian Tribe
Ken Williamson
Oregon Environmental Quality Commission