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Storm damage recovery heads Forestry Board agenda March 5
02/22/2008
Contact: Rod Nichols, 503-945-7425, or
Dan Postrel, 503-945-7420
 
Lessons learned from the massive storm damage in Oregon's forests this winter will head the agenda when the Board of Forestry meets on March 5 in Salem. Several other agenda items will address management plans for the state-owned forests, and Oregon Department of Forestry staff will provide information on the monitoring and regulation of pesticide use on private forestlands. 
 
Two powerful storms in early December 2007 blew down large tracts of timber and caused millions of dollars in damage to forest roads across a three-county area in northwestern Oregon. At the request of the affected counties, Gov. Kulongoski directed the department to help assess damage to forestlands and other natural resources caused by high winds and heavy rainfall. Department staff will discuss with the board some next steps in addressing these issues, based on information collected by the team the department sent to work with the counties.
 
Recreation on state forests - Key findings of a 2007 assessment of recreation programs on the northwestern state-owned forests will be presented to the board. The department manages approximately 600,000 acres of forest in the region for multiple uses, including recreation. The independent review of recreation management plans and programs on five northwestern Oregon districts was sought to help improve and enhance Oregonians' recreational experience on state forests.
 
Forest management issues - The board will review a draft checklist of key issues concerning management of the Clatsop and Tillamook State Forests that it wants to follow in the future. State Forests Program staff prepared the checklist following an update in January on the program's response to board adoption of performance measure targets for the two state forests.
 
Pesticide information - Following up on a recent survey that identified forestry issues of key importance to the public, Private Forests Program staff will give an overview of existing pesticide regulatory programs in Oregon. They will also explain the department's monitoring program and answer questions about implementation of the forest practice rules that regulate the use of pesticides.
 
Federal forestlands - Members of a committee formed two years ago to recommend strategies to improve the sustainability of federal forestlands in Oregon will discuss the group's work with the board. The Federal Forestlands Advisory Committee is tasked with assisting the board as it seeks greater involvement in federal forest policy, planning and management.  
 
Other items on the Board of Forestry's March 5 agenda include:
- Progress report on the development of indicators of sustainable forest management
- Development of the 2009-11 Department of Forestry budget
- Forestry-related legislative concepts for possible introduction in the 2009 legislative session.
 
The board meeting will begin at 8 a.m. in the Tillamook Room - Building C, at Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters, 2600 State St., in Salem.
 
The meeting is open to the public, and comments will be received on forestry-related items not included in the agenda during a public comment period around 8:30 a.m. Members of the public wishing to comment on specific agenda items will have opportunity to address the board during the time each item is scheduled.
 
Accommodations for people with disabilities, and special materials, services or assistance can be arranged by calling the Oregon Department of Forestry Agency Affairs Office at least 48 hours before the meeting - 503-945-7200, text telephone 503-945-7213 (in Salem). Cordless listening devices will be available to anyone with impaired hearing. They may be obtained at the sign-in table in the Tillamook Room.
 
More information on the Board of Forestry can be found on the web, at www.oregon.gov/ODF/BOARD/. Background information on the agenda items is located under the heading, "Staff reports."