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Federal Forestlands Advisory Committee meets April 2
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 a presentation from the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station on climate change, and committee discussion of federal forestland goals and key issues.
WHO: The Oregon Board of Forestry’s Federal Forestlands Advisory Committee
WHEN: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday, April 2, 2007
WHERE: Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office in the Tillamook Conference Room – Building C, 2600 State Street, 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: A public comment period is scheduled for 11:45 a.m., with specific comments requested on either of the following questions:
1.   From your perspective, what is the most important goal for the federal lands in Oregon for the committee to address and why?
2.   From your perspective, what is the most pressing issue concerning the federal forestlands in Oregon for the committee to address and why?
The full agenda for this committee meeting and other information about the committee 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