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Forty-five-day comment period on 2011 annual plans for state-managed forests begins March 29
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Major Media Distribution
March 23, 2010
Jeff Foreman, (503) 945-7506
 
 
A public comment period on nine annual operations plans for state-owned forests managed by the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) begins March 29.
 
Written comments on the 2011 plans will be accepted until 5 p.m. May 12. Annual operations plans identify and describe specific projects such as timber sales, reforestation, stream enhancement and recreation projects on state-managed forests.
 
Annual operations plans will be available March 29 at each district offices and at the ODF Salem headquarters. They also will be posted on the ODF Web site: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/STATE_FORESTS/2011_AOP_Draft.shtml.
 
Comments may be sent to ODF’s Robert Nall in Salem or to any of the nine ODF districts with state forestland. Nall can be reached by phone at (503) 945-7514 or e-mail at rnall@odf.state.or.us.
 
(Note: The nine districts and their contact information appear later in this news release.)
 
After public comments have been considered and any changes made, district foresters will approve the annual operations plans for their districts. The annual operations plans under review are for the period from July 2010 through June 2011. 
 
Total 2011 fiscal year harvest volume for all nine districts is projected to be 241 MMBF. A board foot is a unit of wood that measures a foot square and an inch thick. There are about 13,000 board feet of framing lumber in an average house.
 
All state-managed public forests are actively managed as working forests under management plans adopted by the Board of Forestry to provide economic, environmental and social benefits to Oregonians.
 
Most of the revenue from timber sales is distributed to county governments and local taxing districts, and to the Common School Fund to benefit schools throughout the state. From July 2008 to June 2009, timber revenue from state forestlands produced $42.5 million for counties, local school and local taxing districts, and $13.5 million for the Common School Fund.
 
The objectives in district annual operations plans are based on the goals and strategies found in the long-range forest management plans.
 
The Northwest Oregon State Forests Management Plan provides guidance for the 616,000 acres in the following districts: Astoria (Clatsop State Forest), Tillamook (western two-thirds of the Tillamook State Forest), Forest Grove (eastern one-third of the Tillamook), North Cascade (Santiam State Forest), West Oregon (scattered tracts in Benton, Polk and Lincoln counties), and Western Lane (scattered tracts in Lane County).
 
The Southwest Oregon State Forest Management Plan covers 18,000 acres of blocked and scattered lands in Josephine, Douglas, Curry and Jackson counties.
 
Each district covered by the Northwest Oregon State Forests Management Plan and Southwest Oregon State Forest Management Plan has a 10-year implementation plan that describes how the management activities will achieve the goals of the forest management plans. The implementation plans are posted on the ODF web site at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/STATE_FORESTS/District_Implementation_Plans.shtml
 
The Coos District manages the 93,000-acre Elliott State Forest in Coos and Douglas counties under the Elliott State Forest Management Plan,. The Klamath-Lake District uses the Eastern Region Long-range Forest Management Plan to manage 34,000 acres in Klamath County, including the 20,000-acre Sun Pass State Forest.
 
The comment period on annual plans is part of an ongoing public involvement process. It provides an opportunity for ODF districts to share their annual plans with the public. It also is a time for the public to ask questions and offer comments on the planned activities on state forestlands.
 
Public participation on state-managed forest issues – other than on annual plans – occurs throughout the year. Regularly scheduled meetings of the Board of Forestry, Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee and State Forests Advisory Committee have time set aside for public comments. At any time, questions or concerns may be directed to field and Salem staff, including the division deputy director Mike Cafferata at (503) 945-7351, or public information officer Jeff Foreman at (503) 945-7506.
 
Written comments providing the most useful suggestions for annual plans should focus on one or more of the following: enhancing consistency, improving clarity, providing new information, and improving efficiency and effectiveness.
 
Comments and questions may be sent to ODF district offices or the Salem headquarters. They also may be e-mailed to Salem (specific district should be identified) to rnall@odf.state.or.us. Addresses and fax numbers follow:
 
State Forests Division, Oregon Department of Forestry, Attn: Robert Nall, 2600 State St., Salem, OR 97310. Phone: (503) 945-7514. Fax: 503-945-7376.
 
Astoria District (Clatsop State Forest), 92219 Hwy 202, Astoria, OR 97103. Phone: (503) 325-5451. Fax: 503-325-2756.
 
North Cascade District (Santiam State Forest), 22965 North Fork Road SE, Lyons, OR 97358. Phone: (503) 859-2151. Fax: 503-859-2158.
 
Forest Grove District (eastern one-third Tillamook State Forest), 801 Gales Creek Road, Forest Grove, OR 97116. Phone: (503) 357-2191. Fax: 503-357-4548.
 
Tillamook District (western two-thirds Tillamook State Forest), 5005 East 3rd St., Tillamook, OR 97141. Phone: (503) 842-2545. Fax: 503-842-3143.
 
West Oregon District (scattered parcels), 24533 Alsea Hwy, Philomath, OR 97370. Phone: (541) 929-3266. Fax: 541-929-5549.
 
Western Lane District (scattered parcels), 87950 Territorial Road Veneta, OR 97487. Phone: (541) 935-2283. Fax: 541-935-0731.
 
Southwest Oregon District (blocked and scattered parcels), 5375 Monument Drive, Grants Pass, OR 97526. Phone: (541) 474-3152. Fax: 541-474-3158.
 
Coos District (Elliott State Forest), 63612 Fifth Road, Coos Bay, OR 97420. Phone: (541) 267-4136. Fax: 541-269-2027.
 
Klamath-Lake District (Sun Pass State Forest), 3200 DeLap Road, Klamath Falls, OR 97601. Phone: (541) 883-5681. Fax: 541-883-5555.
 
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