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Forestry Board to Host Dynamic Ecosystems Workshop
Forestry Board to host Dynamic Ecosystems workshop Sept. 8
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August 25, 2009     
Contact: Rod Nichols, 503-945-7425, or
Dan Postrel, 503-945-7420
The Oregon Board of Forestry will host a workshop on Sept. 8 to highlight and discuss an effort to link the management of Oregon’s forests with latest scientific understanding of the ways in which ecosystems change.
Scientists today recognize forests are not static systems that, if left undisturbed by humans, will remain in equilibrium over time. Nor is the change always gradual. Rather, the life of a forest tends to be marked by episodes of significant change, such as wildfires, insect outbreaks, and storms and floods. 
How to apply this concept to forest management and forest policies in Oregon will be a key focus of the workshop.
“This workshop is a major milestone in the Board of Forestry’s Dynamic Forest Ecosystems work plan,” said David Morman with the Oregon Department of Forestry. “The goal of the work plan is to promote the science, information acquisition and analysis systems that are essential for developing sound natural resource policies” for Oregon’s forests within the context of natural disturbance and active management.
Presentations will include:
  • Natural Resource Management Policy Change in a Changed World – Brent Steel, Oregon State University (OSU)
  • Four Strategies for Change – James Johnston, Institute for Natural Resources, OSU
Breakout sessions will discuss ways to apply ecosystem dynamics to:
  • Wildfire management
  • Privately owned forests
  • State-owned forests
The Department of Forestry contracted with Oregon State University’s Institute for Natural Resources (INR) in 2007 to launch the Dynamic Ecosystems Project. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has been a cooperator throughout the project. To initiate the project, the INR assembled a team of eight principal investigators from INR, the OSU system and the U.S. Forest Service. The team produced a paper that offers seven different strategies for forest policy change.
The workshop is open to the public. It will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Oregon Garden Resort, 895 West Main St., in Silverton.
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).
Background information on the Dynamic Forest Ecosystems work plan process can be found at: www.oregon.gov/odf. Click on the link, “Ecosystem dynamics and forest management” shown under “Spotlight on ODF.”
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.