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Forestry Board to tour SW Oregon research area and meet, July 30 and 31
Contacts:  Rod Nichols, 503-945-7425 or
Dan Postrel, 503-945-7420

The Oregon Board of Forestry will tour a state-of-the-art forest research project northeast of Roseburg on July 30, and will hold a business meeting, including a discussion about issues facing family forestland owners, the following day in Sutherlin. The public is welcome at both events.
 
Board of Forestry tour, Thursday, July 30
The board will tour the Hinkle Creek paired watershed study site from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Paired watershed studies involve comparing two similar watersheds in the same locale, one in which timber harvest, road-building or other forest management activities occur, and one in which such activities don’t occur. The Hinkle Creek study, which is investigating the effects of contemporary forest practices on water quality, fisheries and aquatic habitat, is the first paired watershed study in Oregon located completely on private forestlands.
 
Members of the public wishing to join the board are asked to provide their own lunch and transportation. The meeting place, in Sutherlin, is at the old Ray’s Foodliner parking lot west of I-5, which is off exit 136, west on West Central Avenue, then north on Dakota Street.
 
Board of Forestry meeting, Friday, July 31
Meeting highlights include:
  • Receiving the annual report of the Committee for Family Forestlands, an advisory panel to the board. Committee chair Craig Shinn and member Gary Springer will discuss the group’s accomplishments, challenges posed by Department of Forestry budget cuts, and key issues for family forestland owners. At a time of growing pressure to convert family forestlands to other uses, keeping these lands as forests is the committee’s priority issue.
  • Receiving reports on the department’s 2009-11 budget and resulting reductions, and on bills approved during the 2009 legislative session.
  • Administrative rulemaking governing competitive solicitation for certain firefighting and fire prevention activities. On March 23, 2009, the Board adopted a temporary rule, and a subsequent rule-making hearing regarding the proposed permanent rule was held in Salem on June 15. The Board will consider the report of the hearings officer for final rule adoption.
 
The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. at the Umpqua Golf Resort, 1919 Recreation Lane, in Sutherlin. It is open to the public, and comments will be received on forestry-related items not included on the agenda during a public comment period shortly after the meeting begins. Members of the public wishing to comment on specific agenda items will have an opportunity to address the board during the time scheduled for each item. The only exception to this will be the agenda item on permanent rule-making, since the Board can only consider those comments that were received by a previously established public comment deadline.
 
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 closed executive session to discuss real property (real estate) transactions.
 
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.