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Committee for Family Forestlands meets February 16 in Salem
February 10, 2010
Contact: Kevin Weeks (503) 945-7427
Family forest owners have a voice in Oregon’s forest policy development through the 10-member Committee for Family Forestlands, which serves an advisory role to the Oregon Board of Forestry regarding issues of concern to Oregon’s family-owned forests.
The Committee for Family Forestlands will meet at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday  February 16, 2010 at the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters in Salem, 2600 State Street (Operations Building D, Santiam meeting room).
The agenda for the meeting is under development.
Members of the public are invited to attend and participate in the meeting. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours (two business working days) prior to the meeting. Questions about accessibility or special accommodations for the meeting can be directed to the Oregon Department of Forestry at 503-945-7502.
The membership of the Committee includes family forest landowners, forest industry representatives, environmental community and public members, and staff representing the Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon State University and the Oregon Forest Resources Institute.
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.