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Former State Senator honored for forest advocacy
(Left to Right) Committee chair Craig Shinn, former Senator Ron Cease, vice-chair Gary Springer
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On Thursday, former Oregon State Senator Ron Cease retired from a six-year term on the Oregon Department of Forestry’s (ODF) Committee for Family Forestlands with recognition from committee members for a career of dedicated public service.
“There are exciting issues and opportunities for Oregon’s family forests ahead,” said Cease. “It is also a critical time for urban Oregon to understand how they interact with our forests. Continued growth will be felt in family-owned forests as the state’s housing needs expand and put pressure on family landowners to convert their timber into development. There must be a commitment to seeking balance as growth continues.”
“Ron has provided leadership in every public role he has served,” said current Committee chair Craig Shinn. “His gift was maintaining good relations and in the detailed administrative work. I hope that Ron can continue to help the next generation of Oregon’s residents understand the value of public service.”
The 10-member Committee for Family Forestlands serves in an advisory role to the Oregon Board of Forestry. The membership includes family forest landowners, forest industry representatives, environmental community and public members, and staff representing the Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon State University and the Oregon Forest Resources Institute. 
Though retiring from service on the Committee for Family Forestlands, Cease expects to continue advocacy work for hunger prevention and natural resource causes. “I need to give something back for all I’ve been provided. As long as I’m walking and talking, I’ll be involved in public service.”
Cease is a retired Portland State University professor of Public Administration and Political Science. Cease has devoted much of his life to public service, including serving as Alaska’s Director of the Local Affairs Agency for the Governor’s Office from 1961 to 1966. He has provided a leadership role on boards and committees for Oregon Public Broadcasting, Oregon Food Bank, Oregon Health Division, Oregon Plan to Save Salmon and Oregon Liquor Control Commission. Cease served in the Oregon Legislature as a Representative and Senator from 1985 to 1997.
Family stewardship of forest resources ensures renewable forests that provide environmental, economic and social benefits to Oregon’s residents.
Additional information about the Committee for Family Forestlands is also available on the Oregon Department of Forestry’s web site at: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/BOARD/CFF/cff.shtml