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Federal Forestlands Advisory Committee meets in Burns on April 4
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 discussions about federal forest funding, and committee work on other issues about natural processes, timber harvest and infrastructure, and old growth forests on federal forestlands.
An opportunity for public comment will be provided during the meeting; time to be announced.
WHO: The Oregon Board of Forestry’s Federal Forestlands Advisory Committee
WHEN: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Friday April 4, 2008
WHERE: Gathering Center, Burns Paiute Tribal Reservation, 100 Pasigo Street, Burns
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 is available on the committee’s website at www.oregon.gov/ODF/BOARD/FFAC.shtml.  A full agenda for the meeting will be available on the website approximately one week prior to the meeting.
Contact: Kevin Birch, Oregon Department of Forestry, at 503-945-7405