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Forestry Board to hold retreat to explore strategic issues Oct. 5
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September 29, 2009
Contact: Rod Nichols, 503-945-7425, or
Dan Postrel, 503-945-7420
The state Board of Forestry will hold a retreat on Oct. 5 to explore key issues facing Oregon’s forests and to consider means of addressing them.
The session is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. in the Great Hall Conference Center, 17600 Center Drive, in Sunriver. The following day, board members will tour nearby forestlands, in the Gilchrist area, that the board and the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) are working to purchase as a new state forest.
The informal retreat will include a variety of presentations and discussions among board members and ODF staff. Discussion topics will include review of a basic premise of the board’s current vision of forest sustainability.
This view holds that different parts of the forest landscape fulfill distinct social, environmental or economic needs. Sustainability therefore requires a full range of forest ownerships and management objectives, with some owners managing primarily to produce wood products, for instance, while others emphasize conservation values, and yet others manage for a combination of emphases.
The discussion will cover whether the board still accepts this vision of sustainability, and if so, how to best help in achieving it.
The session is open to the public. Since no policy or business decisions will be made, public comment will not be received.
Accommodations for people with disabilities, and special materials, services or assistance can be arranged by calling the ODF Agency Affairs Office at least 48 hours before the meeting - 503-945-7200, text telephone 503-945-7213.
More information on the Board of Forestry can be found at www.oregon.gov/ODF/BOARD/. Background information on the agenda for the Oct. 5 retreat is available through the 2009 Meeting Schedule link.