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Location change for February 26 Forestry meeting in Springfield
 
February 20, 2009
Contact: Kevin Weeks, (503) 945-7427
 
In an effort to improve public access, the Oregon Department of Forestry has selected a new location for the Regional Forest Practices Advisory Committee meeting scheduled for February 26 in Springfield. The public is invited to attend the advisory committee meeting.
 
The public meeting, originally scheduled for the ODF Springfield office, will be held at the Springfield Chamber of Commerce, 101 South A Street in the Depot-Freight meeting room from 9:00am to 3:00pm.
 
Time has been placed on the agenda for public comment beginning at 9:00am. Amount of time allotted for individual public comment relating to an agenda item will be at the discretion of the committee chair.
 
The meeting on February 26 is a joint session of the Northwest Oregon and Southwest Oregon committees. Oregon’s three Regional Forest Practices Advisory Committee members are appointed by the Oregon Board of Forestry to review proposed forest practices rules. Committee members assist and advise the Board in developing rules appropriate to forest conditions within their respective regions of the state.
 
The agenda for the meeting includes reports from ODF staff about the 2009 legislative session, prioritizing activities and workload for ODF’s Private Forests Division during the 2009-2011 budget cycle, review of a Forestry Program for Oregon indicator related to soil and water resources and a report on the development of alternatives and rule language options concerning public safety in forest areas deemed at intermediate risk of landslide hazards.
 
The agenda for the meeting is available on the Oregon Department of Forestry website
 
Members of the public requiring special accommodations to attend and participate in the meeting should contact the ODF Private Forests Division at 503-945-7472 at least two working days prior to the meeting.
 
Oregon became the first state in nation to enact comprehensive forest management laws in 1971 with the passage of the Forest Practices Act.

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