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Forestry Board meeting, workshop set for April 29-30, Cottage Grove
04/17/2008
Contact: Rod Nichols, 503-945-7425, or
Dan Postrel, 503-945-7420
 
Control of invasive species and management of Oregon's State Forests will top the agenda when the Board of Forestry meets in Cottage Grove on April 29. Following adjournment of the meeting in mid-afternoon, the board will convene a workshop to explore planning and decision-making processes. The workshop will continue the following day.
   
Invasive species
Non-native species such as Scotch broom cause significant economic and environmental harm to Oregon's forests. Other organisms that pose serious threats include insects such as the gypsy moth, and diseases including Sudden Oak Death. The Department will present a draft work plan to examine the invasive species responsibilities of various agencies, review current laws and rules, and develop a strategic plan to address the issue.
 
State Forests
The State Forests Program will present an annual progress report on research and monitoring efforts that are conducted to ensure that goals for these public lands are being met. Oregon's State Forests are managed to produce a variety of social, economic and environmental benefits identified in long-range management plans.
 
The board will hear a status report on the development of management strategies to achieve performance measure targets for the Clatsop and Tillamook State Forests over the next 20 years.
 
ODF budget
Staff will continue a discussion with the board to develop the Department's 2009-11 budget proposal. Ongoing review and comment by the board and stakeholders are helping to identify priority needs and strategically narrow the investment focus.
 
Forest practice rules
The board will consider a recommendation to revise the forest practice rules that govern timber harvest on sites that are naturally prone to landslides. The proposal by the Department would develop a temporary administrative rule to address locations in the forest currently classified as "intermediate risk sites" while the agency begins work on revising the permanent rules.
 
Consent agenda
The board will also consider a consent agenda - a group of routine items to be approved or disapproved as a block.
 
Board workshop
The workshop will begin after completion of the business meeting, and will resume at 8 a.m. on Wednesday. 
 
At the April 29 meeting, 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. The April 30 planning workshop is open to the public but does not include a comment period.
 
The meeting and workshop will be held at the Village Green Gardens, Cascadia Ballroom A, 725 Row River Rd., in Cottage Grove.
 
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).
 
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."