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Forest Grove, Roseburg host regional Forest Practices Committee meetings
June 16, 2008
Contact: Kevin Weeks, ODF Agency Affairs, (503) 945-7427
Public members are invited to attend meetings in Forest Grove and Roseburg to comment and hear updates from the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) regarding revisions to Oregon’s forest management rules.
The Southern Oregon Regional Forest Practices Committee will meet Wednesday June 25 at 10:00am in the American Red Cross office, 870 NE Alameda Avenue in Roseburg.
The Northwest Oregon Regional Forest Practices Committee will meet Friday June 27 at 10:00am in the ODF Forest Grove district office, 801 Gales Creek Road in Forest Grove.
Oregon’s three Regional Forest Practices Committee members are appointed by the Oregon Board of Forestry to review proposed forest practices rules. Committee members assist and advise the Board in developing rules appropriate to forest conditions within their respective regions of the state.
Rule concepts and topics on the agenda for discussion include:
* Riparian management areas above artificial fish barriers and stream classification. (OAR 629-635-200)
* Large wood delivery from debris flows. (OAR 629-640-0210)
*Adoption of permanent rules directing how “large wood” (logs and tree root wads) can be placed in streams during logging operations to create habitat for fish. 
* Information about legislation regarding hybrid poplar.
Draft rule language regarding areas deemed at intermediate risk of landslides and public safety will be discussed.
Committee members will also hear ODF staff updates regarding Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds measures, recovery plans for listed salmon species and an overview of ODF’s Invasive Species Workplan.
Members of the public requiring special accommodations to attend and participate in the meeting should contact the ODF Private Forests Division at 503-945-7472 at least two working days prior to the meeting.
Oregon became the first state in nation to enact comprehensive forest management laws in 1971 with the passage of the Forest Practices Act.
Additional information about the Oregon Department of Forestry is available on the ODF website, www.oregon.gov/ODF