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Federal Forestlands Advisory Committee meets Feb. 1
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 of older growth forests on federal forestlands.
An opportunity for public comment will be provided at 12:30 p.m., with specific comments requested on the following topics:
  1. How should older forests be defined?
  2. What process(es) should be used to determine the appropriate amount of older forest?
  3. What federal policies would you change to deal with these issues?
  4. What barriers exist that would prevent these policies from being implemented and how would you overcome those barriers?
WHO: The Oregon Board of Forestry’s Federal Forestlands Advisory Committee
WHEN: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Friday, February 1, 2008
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