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Group assessing Oregons forests to meet October 21
 
October 6, 2009
Contact: Kevin Weeks (503) 945-7427
 

The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) will update advisory committee members on a project to assess Oregon’s current forest resources on October 21.
 
The 2010 State of Oregon Statewide Forest Assessment and Resource Strategy is designed to identify Oregon’s current forest resources, develop a strategy for managing forests that are identified as priority areas in the state, and report on the effectiveness of how federal funding was used to address those priorities.
 
The discussion regarding the Forest Assessment Resource Strategy project will occur during the State Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee meeting on Wednesday October 21, 2009 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters in Salem, 2600 State Street (Operations Building D, Santiam meeting room). The public is invited to attend the advisory committee meeting.
 
Committee members will review a draft list of priority issues for the Statewide Forest Assessment process and review available data (or identify data gaps) that address priority issues.
 
Questions about accessibility or special accommodations for the meeting can be directed to the Oregon Department of Forestry at 503-945-7368. 
 
The 2008 Farm Bill passed by Congress contained an amendment to the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act requiring states that receive Farm Bill funding perform the forest assessment study by mid-2010, with updates at five-year increments after that. The Farm Bill funds the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which in turn provides funding for many ODF services through the U.S. Forest Service’s State and Private Forestry Program.
 
One-half of Oregon’s 61 million acres are forested, with 60 percent of Oregon’s forests under federal ownership, 35 percent privately-owned while state, tribal or local government ownership accounts for the remaining five percent. Oregon’s forests are among one of the state’s most valued resources, providing a balanced mix of environmental, economic and social benefits.
 
Additional information about the Oregon Department of Forestry is available on ODF’s web site, www.oregon.gov/ODF 
 
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