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Forestry Board to meet in Astoria Sept. 3, tour State Forest on Sept. 4
For immediate release
Aug. 27, 2008
Contact: Rod Nichols, (503) 945-7425, or
Dan Postrel, (503) 945-7420
The Oregon Board of Forestry will tour the Clatsop State Forest and take up issues including invasive species, management of federal forestlands, and services to private forestland owners, during sessions Sept. 3 and 4 in Astoria.
The Board’s Sept. 3 business meeting and Sept. 4 tour – which will cover a variety of forest management topics, including responses to effects of windstorms last December – are open to the public.
The meeting is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Riverview Room at the Holiday Inn Express, 204 W. Marine Drive. Agenda items include:
Crafting a vision for management of federal forestlands
The board’s Federal Forestlands Advisory Committee will present a draft document that articulates the panel’s vision for how federal forestlands should be managed. It outlines recommended policy changes and new state initiatives. The committee was formed in 2006 to help the Board meet Gov. Ted Kulongoski's mandate to give Oregonians a greater voice in the management of federal lands.
Private Forests Program work plan
The board will continue work on its draft work plan for the Department of Forestry’s private forests program. Objectives include:
  • Promoting policies that encourage continued retention of and investment in family-owned forestlands.
  • Promoting retention of the forestland base through land-use and tax programs, regulations, forest products market development and incentives.
  • Continuing to support an effective, science-based Oregon Forest Practices Act and a strong but flexible statewide land-use planning program.
  •  Continuing to contribute to statewide efforts to protect and enhance native fish populations and water quality.
Invasive species
The board’s work plan on invasive species, approved last April, has a primary goal of providing leadership in preventing and controlling introductions of damaging invasive, non-native plant and animal species to Oregon’s forests. The plan’s first objective, which the board will consider at the meeting, involves a review of invasive species-related elements of the board’s 2003 strategic Forestry Program for Oregon, and the authorities and activities of public agencies and other entities pertaining to those species.
Forestry Program for Oregon
The Board will begin work on updating its overarching forest policy, the Forestry Program for Oregon, by reviewing its mission, vision and values statements. Last revised in 2003, the eight-year document is due to be updated in 2011. Last April, the board affirmed its intention to maintain the existing framework for sustainable forest management, and to strengthen the linkages between the Forestry Program for Oregon, a set of Oregon Indicators of Sustainable Forest Management, the board’s biennial “issue scan,” and its work plans, along with the work of the department that is directly related to board strategic planning.  
Also at the Sept. 3 meeting, the board will:
  • Consider a department recommendation to appoint Susan Watkins to its Committee for Family Forestlands. A retired attorney and owner of a small forest tract in Yamhill County, Watkins helped found the Family Forest Project, which aids landowning families with succession planning. The department will also recommend reappointment of Greg Miller to the committee’s forest industry position, in which he has served since 2005. Miller is the regional public affairs manager for Weyerhaeuser Co.
The Committee for Family Forestlands advises the Board and the State Forester on methods to help improve the vitality of family forestlands.
  • Hear a presentation from the Wild Salmon Center, an environmental group, on salmon anchor habitats, a concept to provide expanded protection of salmon-bearing streams.
The board will tour the Clatsop State Forest to explore possible outcomes and underlying questions about achieving the board’s performance measures for the forest. This will include discussions on harvest revenues, development of complex stand structure, wildlife species of concern, and responses to the December 2007.
Those interested in participating in the tour should call Gayle Birch in Salem, (503) 945-7210, or Tom Savage, Astoria District Forester, (503) 325-5451, for details.
Accommodations for people with disabilities, and special materials, services or assistance can be arranged by calling the Department of Forestry Agency Affairs Office at least 48 hours before the meeting, at (503) 945-7200, or text telephone (503) 945-7213.
More information on the Board of Forestry can be found at www.oregon.gov/ODF/BOARD/. Background information on the agenda items is located under the heading, “Staff reports.”