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Forestry Board to meet, host workshop Jan. 6, 7
Contact: Rod Nichols, 503-945-7425
   
Board of Foresty meeting - Jan. 6
An update on the Elliott State Forest management and habitat plans, a report on working forests, and recognition of regional Forest Practices Operators of the Year will be on the agenda when the Oregon Board of Forestry meets Jan.6 in Salem. On Jan. 7, the board will hold a workshop with a public advisory group to continue its review of an administrative rule that guides management of the state forests.
 
Land-use changes
The board will receive an update on interagency land-use change studies from Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) staff. According to the “Forests, Farms & People” report prepared by ODF and the U.S. Forest Service, 98 percent of Oregon’s non-federal land classified as wildland forest in 1974 remained in that use category when data for the report were collected in 2005.
 
But the population density and number of structures within wildland forest more than doubled during that time period, raising concerns should the trend continue into the future.
Elliott State Forest management, habitat plans

The board will receive a progress report on efforts to revise the state’s forest management plan and the federal habitat conservation plan for the Elliott State Forest.
 
State forest work plan
ODF staff will present updates to a state forest work plan approved by the board in September. The revisions better define the deliverables and timeframes contained in the earlier version. The staff report will also address eight points of concern raised by the board.
 
State forest performance measures  
The board will review the performance measures and targets it adopted for the Clatsop and Tillamook State forests two years ago and consider improvements. The performance measures address the array of economic, environmental and social benefits provided by the two northwestern Oregon forests.
 
Forest Practices Operator of the Year award
Three forestry businesses will be honored as the 2009 Forest Practices Operators of the Year.  The award recognizes forest operators for exemplary work that exceeds standards for forest productivity and soil, water and habitat protection. The board will host a luncheon for the award winners.
 
Sustainable forests roundtable
ODF staff will report on progress in forming an Oregon Roundtable on Sustainable Forests. In November 2008, the board conceived the roundtable as a forum to advance forest sustainability in the state by engaging a broad cross-section of Oregonians in the effort. Among its several objectives, the panel would promote forest management that integrates environmental, economic and social considerations.
 
2011 Forestry Program for Oregon update
The board will consider adoption of draft objectives that would appear in the public review draft of the 2011 Forestry Program for Oregon. The document sets forth the board’s mission and vision for Oregon’s forests, along with the values that will guide its decisions over the next eight years.
 
Statewide forest assessment and resource strategy
Staff will report on the development of a statewide forest assessment and resource strategy to analyze forest resource conditions and trends in Oregon. Mandated by the 2008 federal Farm Bill, the effort will also provide key data for the board’s forest assessment leading into the 2011 Forestry Program for Oregon. To meet Farm Bill requirements, the statewide assessment will be used to develop a five-year resource strategy for ODF’s implementation of the U.S. Forest Service’s State and Private Forestry programs, such as state fire assistance, urban and community forestry, forest stewardship, forest health protection, and forest legacy. Both the statewide assessment and the resource strategy will contribute to three national State and Private Forestry themes:
  • Conserve working forestlands
  • Protect forests from harm
  • Enhance public benefits from trees and forests   
 
The Jan. 6 meeting will begin at 8 a.m. in the Tillamook Room - Building C at Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters, 2600 State St. in Salem.
 
The meeting is open to the public, and comments will be received on forestry-related items not included in the agenda during a public comment period shortly after 8 a.m. Members of the public wishing to comment on specific agenda items will have an opportunity to address the board during the time each item is scheduled.
 
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.
 
Board of Forestry workshop - Jan. 7  
On Jan. 7 the Board of Forestry will hold a workshop with a public advisory committee about the “greatest permanent value” rule and the planning rules that guide the management of the state forests. When the board began a review of the 10-year-old rule this fall, it appointed a 14-member citizen committee to provide input for possible improvements.
 
A major portion of the workshop will be dedicated to a review and facilitated discussion of the greatest permanent value rule by the advisory committee, with the board observing. In the afternoon, the board members will have opportunity to ask clarifying questions of the committee. In the closing session, the Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee (FTLAC) will offer comment and discuss the proceedings with the board. Established by the Oregon Legislature in 1987, the FTLAC advises the Board of Forestry and the state forester on the management of state forestlands.
 
The Jan. 7 workshop will begin at 8 a.m. in the Tillamook Room - Building C at Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters, 2600 State St. in Salem. It is open to the public. Public comment will not be taken during the workshop.
 
More information on the Board of Forestry can be found at www.oregon.gov/ODF/BOARD/. Background information on agenda items for the Nov. 6 meeting is available through the 2010 Meeting Schedule link.