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Upcoming seminars to focus on environmentally friendly development
Photo of group touring an environmentally friendly building site
Learning about environmentally friendly building
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Major Media Distribution
October 12, 2009
09- 44
                                                                                                                                                                           Contact: Contact: Paul D. Ries, 503-945-7391
or Cynthia Orlando, 503-945-7421

Oregon Department of Forestry Helps Sponsor Green Development Courses
Two half-day seminars coming up next month will offer assistance to Oregon builders, developers, and planners interested in more environmentally friendly development.

The Oregon Department of Forestry is joining with several other agencies and organizations to sponsor the workshops, which focus on low-impact development techniques as they relate to soil, water, and trees on construction sites.

Oregon Garden Seminar: Developing with GREEN in Mind
Tuesday afternoon, November 10, “Developing with GREEN in Mind” will be offered from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at the Oregon Garden in Silverton, Oregon.  The session features Derek Godwin, Watershed Management Agent from the OSU Extension Service, and Maria Cahill, Sustainable Site Consultant with Green Girl Land Development Solutions, discussing how  to make more sustainable natural resource management choices in the development process.

This session will help participants analyze the water and soil issues in a project, and make decisions to improve and protect natural resources. Cost is $35 prior to October 20 and $40 after October 20, and registration is available online at:
This session is offered in cooperation with the Oregon State University Extension Service and the USDA Forest Service.

Vancouver Seminar: Protecting Trees During Construction
“Protecting Trees During Construction” will be offered from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, November 11, at the Hilton Hotel Conference Center in downtown Vancouver, Washington.

Featured speakers at this event are Dr. James Clark and Nelda Matheny, two nationally known consultants who have authored a book on this subject.  This session will include planning and on-site strategies for retaining trees on development sites. The event is a preconference workshop as part of the Washington Chapter of the American Planning Association’s annual conference.

Cost is $40, and registration is available online at:
This session is offered in cooperation with the Washington Department of Natural Resources, and the USDA Forest Service.
"Never before has our society been so focused on the ideas behind sustainable development," said Paul Ries, urban forester with the Oregon Department of Forestry.  "These seminars will help professionals in the building and development sector realize the economic, environmental, and social benefits of protecting mature trees and managing the natural resources of a building site."

For more information on these events, contact Paul Ries at pries@odf.state.or.us or 503-945-7391.