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Forestry Board to meet April 22, 23 in Salem
Contact: Rod Nichols
The Oregon Board of Forestry will hold its regular business meeting on April 22, and on April 23 the board will host a panel discussion on climate change and hear a report on an integrated water resources strategy for the state.
State Forests’ public advisory committee report – A 16-member citizen committee will report on its work toward improving a set of administrative rules that define “greatest permanent value” in the management of Oregon’s state forests. The committee work is one of three “streams” of input to the board’s review process. The Forest Trust Lands Advisory Committee has already delivered its suggestions to the board, and Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) has also provided recommendations. At its June meeting, the board will review draft rule concepts that consider a range of approaches for improving the greatest permanent value and planning rules.
Revised State Forests' management plans – The board will consider for adoption revised versions of the Northwest and Southwest Oregon Forest Management plans. The plans provide long-range management direction for these public forestlands. The principal reason for proposing change is that the expected social, environmental and economic benefits projected by the current plan cannot be achieved. A reduced long-term goal for complex forest structure and moving away from a draft habitat conservation plan are the proposed changes. A public comment period was open for six weeks, and two public hearings were held in January. Results of those will be presented to the board. A decision on the proposed changes is expected.
Forestland classification rules – The board will review public comments received on draft rules to modify the system of classifying forestland for wildfire protection and consider adopting the rules. The recommended rule changes were developed as part of a 2007 statewide forestland classification task force made up of a broad cross-section of stakeholders. A public hearing process was conducted recently on the draft rule changes. 
Oregon Roundtable on Sustainable Forests – ODF staff will request the board’s approval of a charter and work plan for the Oregon Roundtable on Sustainable Forests. This diverse forum of individuals with a strong interest in the future of Oregon’s forests seeks through collaborative efforts to advance sustainable forestry across all forest ownerships in Oregon.
Department of Forestry budget development – Staff will present policy packages that make up the proposed ODF budget for 2011-2013.
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.
Climate Change panel discussion
– A panel will present the latest information on climate change as it relates to Oregon’s forests, ODF, and contributions to adaptation and mitigation the Board of Forestry might be able to make in the future. Panel members include: Angus Duncan, chairman of the Oregon Global Warming Commission; Phil Mote, director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute; Matt Donegan, president of Forest Capital Partners; and Andrew Yost, forest ecologist with ODF.
Water Resources Strategy – The board will hear a presentation on efforts to develop an integrated water resources strategy for Oregon. Such a strategy would provide a blueprint for the state to follow as it prepares to meet Oregon’s future water needs.
The meetings will take place at Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) headquarters, Building C – the Tillamook Room, 2600 State St., in Salem. The April 22 meeting will begin at 8 a.m., and the April 23 session at 8:30 a.m.
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.
More information on the Board of Forestry can be found at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/BOARD/. Background information on the April 22 and 23 agenda items is available through the “2010 Meeting Schedule” link on the website.