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Rick Barnes named to Forestry advisory committe
August 6, 2008
Contact: Kevin Weeks (503) 945-7427
Roseburg resident and forestry consultant Rick Barnes has been named to the Committee for Family Forestlands, which advises the Oregon Board of Forestry on issues of concern to family forest landowners.
Barnes and wife Audrey own and manage 1,262 acres in Douglas County, including 70 acres of forest reclaimed from previous use as an open-pit nickel mine prior to the family purchasing the property. The tree farm portion of their property is certified by the American Tree Farm System and has been used by the family to educate Oregon residents about forest stewardship. After working for several years in the forest products industry, in 1992 he founded Barnes & Associates, providing professional forestry consulting services to small woodland owners, industrial land owners and government agencies.
The 10-member Committee for Family Forestlands serves in an advisory role to the Oregon Board of Forestry. The committee’s members include 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. Barnes was selected for the advisory committee during the Board of Forestry’s July meeting in Portland.
Barnes is very active in forest issues. He is the current president of the Douglas Forest Protective Association Board, and is a member of the Douglas Small Woodlands Association, Oregon Small Woodlands Association, American Tree Farm System and the Douglas County Woodland Advisory Committee. Barnes recently completed a four-year term on the Douglas County Planning Commission. 
Barnes graduated from Oregon State University in 1978 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Forest Management and completed his MBA at Southern Oregon University in 1981.  The Society of American Foresters recognizes Barnes as a Certified Forester. 
More than 4.6 million acres of trees – 15 percent of Oregon’s forest land – are actively managed by private small forest and family forest owners. The diversity of forest management approaches ensures that Oregon’s forests remain among the state’s most valued natural resources.
Additional information about the Committee for Family Forestlands is available on the website for the Oregon Department of Forestry, www.oregon.gov/ODF