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Federal Forestlands Advisory Committee Meets on July 2
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 include committee discussion about the most pressing problems on federal forestlands, and review of the pressing problem of natural processes (also referred to as landscape resiliency).
An opportunity for public comment will be provided at 1:30 p.m., with specific comments requested on the following topics:
  1. What policy solutions or approaches do you recommend to address the natural processes issues discussed by the committee (e.g., mortality, fuels, wildfire, water quality, wildlife habitat impacts, timber investments, etc.) and why?
  2. What are the potential opportunities and challenges presented by your proposed recommendations?
WHO: The Oregon Board of Forestry’s Federal Forestlands Advisory Committee
WHEN: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday, July 2, 2007
WHERE: Oregon Department of Forestry Headquarters – Building C, 2600 State Street, Salem.
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, including meeting agendas, is available on the committee’s website at www.oregon.gov/ODF/BOARD/FFAC.shtml.
Contact: Kevin Birch, Oregon Department of Forestry at 503-945-7405