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Committee for Family Forestlands to meet June 26
June 24, 2008
Contact: Kevin Weeks (503) 945-7427

The Committee for Family Forestlands will meet at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday June 26, 2008 at the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters in Salem, 2600 State Street (Operations Building D - Sun Pass meeting room). The public is invited to attend and participate in the advisory committee meeting.
The Committee will meet to hear reports from ODF staff, discuss the role of ODF in developing forest conservation easements, potential participation in a Bonneville Power Administration easement project, discuss the proposed 2009-2011 budget for ODF’s Private Forests Division and continue discussion of issues raised during the 2007 Oregon’s Families and Their Forestlands Symposium.
The 10-member Committee for Family Forestlands serves in an advisory role to the Oregon Board of Forestry. The membership includes family forest landowners, forest industry representatives, environmental community and public members, and staff representing the Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon State University and the Oregon Forest Resources Institute. 
Family-owned forestlands contribute to Oregon’s forest sustainability. More than one-third of Oregon’s family forestland owners are retired and another one-quarter will reach retirement age within a decade, causing increased concern about the future of family forest ownership in Oregon. Family-owned forests are frequently located near growing cities and expanding suburban areas, posing a higher risk of these forest lands being converted to development and industrial space.
Questions about accessibility or special accommodations for the meeting at the event site can be directed to the Oregon Department of Forestry at 503-945-7472.  Additional information about the Committee for Family Forestlands is also available on the Oregon Department of Forestry’s web site at: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/BOARD/CFF/cff.shtml