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Federal Forestlands Advisory Committee meets Oct. 15
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 presentations and discussion about natural processes on Oregon’s federal forestlands – with the focus on juniper, roads, insects, and overall forest health, and committee discussion on policy recommendations relating to water quality on federal forestlands.
An opportunity for public comment will be provided at 1:00 p.m., with specific comments requested on the following topics:
  1. Policy solutions or approaches you recommend the committee consider to address juniper, roads, insects, or forest health issues, and why?
  2. The opportunities or challenges presented by your proposed solutions?
  3. Additional information, if any, the committee should consider about juniper, roads, insects, or forest health in the federal forestlands in Oregon?
WHO: The Oregon Board of Forestry’s Federal Forestlands Advisory Committee
WHEN: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday, October 15, 2007
WHERE: Oregon Department of Forestry Headquarters – Building C, 2600 State St., Salem.
WHY: 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 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 the complete agenda for this meeting, 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