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Federal Forestlands Advisory Committee meets in Bend on May 15
05/04/2007
 
WHAT: Giving 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.
 
Agenda topics for this meeting will include presentations and committee discussion about landscape resiliency on federal forestlands – including general ecology and fire ecology, biomass, and federal forest health and fire policy; committee discussion of federal forestland goals and key issues; and an opportunity for public comment at 11:00 a.m..
 
WHO: The Oregon Board of Forestry’s Federal Forestlands Advisory Committee
 
WHEN: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Tuesday, May 15, 2007
 
WHERE: The Riverhouse, 3075 North Highway 97, Bend. The location of the actual meeting room will be posted at the hotel.
 
WHY: Federal forests cover more than 16 million acres in Oregon – about 60 percent of the state’s forest land base. The wide range of values that these forests provide – recreation, wilderness, access, wildlife, water, and timber – are critical to Oregon’s economy, social fabric, and environmental health. Accordingly, the Governor and the Oregon legislature have called on the Board of Forestry to help develop a vision for the role of federal forestlands in Oregon.
 
MORE INFORMATION: More information about the committee is available on the committee’s website at www.oregon.gov/ODF/BOARD/FFAC.shtml. The full agenda for the committee meeting will be available on that site approximately one week prior to the meeting date.
 
Contact: Kevin Birch, Oregon Department of Forestry at 503-945-7405.