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Forestry Board begins 2009 with new members
Contact: Rod Nichols, 503-945-7425, or
Dan Postrel, 503-945-7420
 
The Oregon Board of Forestry will begin 2009 with a changed lineup when it meets on Jan. 7 in Salem. Former World Forestry Center President John Blackwell will fill the board’s vacant chair position, joined by new member Steven Wilson, secretary of the labor group, Woodworkers District Lodge No. 1.
 
Appointed by Gov. Ted Kulongoski and confirmed earlier this month by the Oregon Senate in an action that also included the reappointment of Jennifer Phillippi to a second term, the two new members fill vacancies left by former Board Chair Stephen Hobbs, Corvallis, and member Barbara Craig, Portland.
 
Blackwell cited a record in leadership positions with the World Forestry Center, Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission and other organizations as evidence of his ability to bring disparate interests together to build upon common conservation values.
 
“I hope to apply my experience, accomplishments and values to sustaining Oregon’s forests,” he said, “while leaving a legacy to those who will rise above conflict.”
 
As secretary-treasurer of the Gladstone, Oregon-based branch of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Wilson has represented workers in the wood products industry for the past 23 years. A former mayor and city councilman in Reedsport, he has a strong commitment to Oregon’s forest-dependent towns.
 
“I believe I have a good grasp of the interests of timber industry communities and the effects of how the forests are managed,” he said, “along with a keen interest in the environmental issues surrounding Oregon today.”
 
President of Perpetua Forests Company and an owner of Cave Junction-based Rough & Ready Lumber Company, Phillippi is a fourth-generation Oregonian and third-generation family sawmill owner. In her first term on the board, she took an active role in developing the Forestry Program for Oregon, the board’s strategic policy. The 2003 policy update was distinguished by the inclusion for the first time of a sustainable forest management framework.
 
“I have found my fellow board members to be remarkable champions of Oregon and Oregon’s forests,” she said. “I believe that both my personal and forest business experience offer a useful perspective to the board.”
 
Wilson and Blackwell’s terms on the board will run through Dec. 31, 2012, with Phillippi’s term ending Jan. 31 of that year.
 
More information about the Oregon Board of Forestry can be found at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/BOARD/index.shtml.