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Forestry Board to tour, meet in SW Oregon April 23, 24
Contact: Rod Nichols, 503-945-7425, or
Dan Postrel, 503-945-7420
 
The Oregon Board of Forestry will examine the social values of forests during a panel discussion on the morning of April 23 in Grants Pass, followed by a field tour. The board will address an array of issues concerning private- and state-owned forests during its business meeting on April 24.
 
Board of Forestry tour and panel discussion, April 23
At 8 a.m. on Thursday, a panel of speakers will assemble at Anne G. Basker Auditorium, 604 NW Sixth St., in Grants Pass to discuss methods for measuring the ways in which forests contribute to the social wellbeing of communities. At 11 a.m., the board will travel to the Siskiyou Field Institute to hear presentations on forest recreation and stewardship contracting. The tour will return to Grants Pass at 4 p.m. for a tree planting ceremony in Schroeder Park to mark the Oregon sesquicentennial and Arbor Week.
 
The panel presentations are open to the public. Members of the public are welcome to accompany the tour but must provide their own lunch and transportation.
 
Board of Forestry meeting, April 24
Highlight items that will be addressed at the Board of Forestry meeting on Friday include:
  • Voluntary measures for wood placement in streams, creation of stream buffers – The board will consider endorsement of two voluntary forest practice measures that provide guidelines for private landowners to follow in: a) placing large wood in streams to enhance fish habitat, and, b) creating vegetative buffers along small, non-fish-bearing streams to provide added assurances toward protecting water quality. 
  • Scenarios for managing the Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests – Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) staff will present six model approaches for the board to consider as it continues its work to update the Northwest Oregon State Forests Management Plan.
  • Fish and wildlife Species of Concern – Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and ODF staff will present highlights of a report about species of fish, birds, mammals and amphibians that occur in the State Forests of northwestern Oregon. The report summarizes information on populations, status, trends and habitat needs. Later in the meeting, State forests program staff will present strategies for maintaining and enhancing habitat while also managing for economic and social benefits.
 
The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. in Basker Auditorium. It 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.
 
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).
 
Executive session
Following the public meeting, the board will meet in back-to-back closed executive sessions to:
  • Discuss real property (real estate) transactions
  • Continue deliberation on the state forester’s regular performance review
 
More information on the Board of Forestry can be found at www.oregon.gov/ODF/BOARD/. Background information on the agenda items is available through the 2009 Meeting Schedule link.