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Federal Forestlands Advisory Committee meets on July 14
Oregon Department of Forestry News Brief
Released: July 10, 2008
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.
During this meeting, the committee will be reviewing and finalizing, if possible, the committee’s draft guidance document on federal forestlands that will be presented to the Oregon Board of Forestry, and also receive a briefing on federal legislative concepts from staff for Senator Ron Wyden.
A time for public comment has been scheduled for 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.  Specific comments are requested on the legislative concepts presented and the draft guidance document.
WHO: The Oregon Board of Forestry’s Federal Forestlands Advisory Committee
WHEN: 9: a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday, July 14, 2008
WHERE: Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters – Building C, 2600 State St., 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:  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