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Forest operators to receive awards at Forestry Board meeting Jan. 7
Rod Nichols, 503-945-7425, or
Dan Postrel, 503-945-7420
Three forestry businesses will be honored as the 2008 Forest Practices Operators of the Year when the Oregon Board of Forestry meets on Jan. 7 in Salem. The award recognizes forest operators for exemplary work that exceeds standards for forest productivity and soil, water and habitat protection. The board will host a luncheon for the award winners.
Department of Forestry budget, legislation
Department of Forestry staff will update the board on the department's portion of Gov. Ted Kulongoski’s statewide recommended budget for the two years beginning next July 1. Staff will also present an update on the department's bills for the 2009 legislative session. These include proposed revisions in the system for determining which private forestlands qualify for wildfire protection by the department, and therefore are assessed fees to help fund this service, and changes to the board’s bonding authority. The latter would facilitate the purchase of a large tract of forestland in central Oregon, a proposal currently under negotiation with the landowner.
State involvement with federal forestlands
The board will consider for adoption a document prepared by its Federal Forestlands Advisory Committee that articulates the state’s view of how Oregon’s federally owned forests should be managed. The guidance document, prepared by a 12-member panel representing a diversity of interests, is a key step in fulfilling the direction from the governor and the Oregon Legislature for the board to become more involved in federal forest policy, planning and management.
Private forests policy
Retention of Oregon’s private forest land base is the primary issue addressed in a draft Board of Forestry work plan to be considered at the Jan. 7 meeting. Development and economic pressures are fragmenting many timber tracts, and causing others to be converted to non-forest uses. The draft plan begins a discussion with the Board to clarify and rank board policies designed to foster forest sustainability on the 11 million acres of privately owned forestland in the state.
Board of Forestry strategic policy update
The Board will continue work on draft mission, vision, values, and goals statements to be included in the 2011 edition of its strategic forest policy document, the Forestry Program for Oregon. Revised every eight years, the updated policy will retain the sustainable forest management framework employed in the 2003 edition. The 2011 version will contain stronger linkage to other strategic documents, including the Oregon Indicators of Sustainable Forest Management.
The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. in the Tillamook Room – Building C, at Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters, 2600 State St., in Salem.
The meeting is open to the public, and comments will be received on forestry-related items not included in the agenda during a public comment period shortly after 8 a.m. Members of the public wishing to comment on specific agenda items will have opportunity to address the board during the time each item is scheduled.
Following the meeting, the Board will hold an executive (closed) session to discuss the State Forester’s performance review.
Accommodations for people with disabilities, and special materials, services or assistance 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).
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.”