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Federal Forestlands Advisory Committee meets on October 28
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During this meeting, the committee will review comments received on the draft guidance document for federal forestlands, and finalize that document to present to the Oregon Board of Forestry at their meeting on November 7.
 
A time for public comment is scheduled for 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.  The committee requests specific comments on the recommendations in the draft guidance document.
 
WHO: The Oregon Board of Forestry’s Federal Forestlands Advisory Committee
 
WHEN: 9: a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 28, 2008
 
WHERE: Oregon Department of Transportation, Region II Offices, Building A, Corner of State State Street and Airport Road, 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 date.
 
Contact: Kevin Birch, Oregon Department of Forestry, at 503-945-7405
 
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