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Forestry Board to discuss federal forestlands Nov. 21 in John Day
Contact: Rod Nichols, 503-945-7425, or
Dan Postrel, 503-945-7420
 
The state Board of Forestry will host a forest tour and panel discussion about Oregon’s federal forestlands when it meets Nov. 21 in John Day. Representatives of local government, environmental groups and timber interests will sit on the panel assembled to review a set of recommendations prepared by the board’s Federal Forestlands Advisory Committee (FFAC). The recommendations seek to address management issues on the 58 percent of Oregon’s forests that are federally owned.
 
Tour of Malheur National Forest
In the morning, the board will tour sites on the Malheur National Forest, with speakers scheduled at various stops to discuss issues that include:
  • Reducing excess forest fuels
  • Retaining local milling capacity
  • Managing habitat diversity for wildlife
 
The tour will depart from the Malheur National Forest office at 9 a.m. and return shortly before noon. Members of the public are welcome to attend the tour but must provide their own transportation. The National Forest office is located at 431 Patterson Bridge Road in John Day.
 
Board meeting and panel discussion
After a break for lunch, the board will open the meeting and panel discussion at the National Forest office. The FFAC recommendations are contained in a guidance document that articulates the State's vision for how federally owned forests should be managed to contribute to the sustainability of Oregon's overall forestland base. The document is intended to help fulfill Gov. Ted Kulongoski's mandate to give Oregonians a greater voice in the management of federal forestlands that lie within the state’s borders.
 
The panel for the Nov. 21 meeting includes:
  • Boyd Britton, Grant County commissioner
  • Diane Vosick, The Nature Conservancy
  • Tim Lillebo, Oregon Wild
  • John Shelk, Malheur Lumber Company
 
The meeting is open to the public, and a public comment period is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Members of the public wishing to address the board concerning the FFAC guidance document or related matters may speak at that time.
 
More information on the Federal Forestlands Advisory Committee can be found at www.oregon.gov/ODF/BOARD/index.shtml under the heading, “Board of Forestry advisory committees.”
 
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.”
 
Accommodations for people with disabilities, and special materials, services or assistance planning to attend the Nov. 21 meeting can be arranged by calling the Oregon Department of Forestry Agency Affairs Office at least 48 hours before the meeting - 503-945-7200, text telephone 503-945-7213 (in Salem).