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Forestry Board to tour Andrews Forest, meet in Eugene in late July
Rod Nichols, 503-945-7425, rnichols@odf.state.or.us
Dan Postrel, 503-945-7420, dpostrel@odf.state.or.us
The Oregon Board of Forestry will tour the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest on July 29 and hold its regular business meeting on July 30 in Eugene.
Board of Forestry tour July 29
The tour will focus on current research into subjects that include carbon storage, older forest ecosystems, and effects of thinning on structural diversity. Located in the Willamette National Forest in the central Cascade Range, the Andrews Forest is renowned for studies about the ecology and management of forests.
Members of the public are welcome to join the board tour but are asked to provide their own lunch and transportation. A tour briefing will be held at 10 a.m. at Andrews Experimental Forest on U.S. Forest Service Road No. 15-130-132, in Blue River, Oregon. More information about the forest can be found at: http://andrewsforest.oregonstate.edu/.
Board of Forestry meeting July 30
The Board of Forestry will meet on July 30 to address items ranging from forest carbon markets, to priority issues for private forest landowners, to administrative rules that guide management of the state-owned forests.
The agenda includes:
Dry Forest Investment Zone project – The organization Sustainable Northwest and several partners have begun a five-year project to increase the health of forested landscapes and the vitality of the rural communities, businesses and entrepreneurs that depend on them in the “dry forest zone” of eastern Oregon and northern California. The area encompasses 15 counties. Sustainable Northwest views the project as an opportunity to link conservation with economic development in this area, which has been affected by increasing poverty and unemployment, and has asked the board to join the effort.
Committee for Family Forestlands Annual Report – The Committee for Family Forestlands (CFF) will share highlights of its work during the past year and present key priorities for the year ahead. A standing committee of the Board of Forestry, the CFF advises the board on forest policy as it affects family forestland owners.
Carbon market potential on state-owned forests – Oregon Department of Forestry staff will present information on the science associated with the uptake and storage of atmospheric carbon in trees, and the potential markets for such carbon “sequestration” on state forests.
State forests’ Greatest Permanent Value rule – The board will continue its consideration of possible changes to the “Greatest Permanent Value” rule, the administrative rule that guides management of the state forests. Earlier this year, the board received input on the rule from a public advisory committee, the Council of Forest Trust Land Counties, and ODF staff. At the July 30 meeting, the board will discuss and provide direction on potential rule concepts.
Private Forests program – The board will resume discussion of a report on the mission of the department’s Private Forests program. The report specifies actions to keep Oregon’s working forests viable, including customized services to support the specialized needs of the wildland-urban interface, family forestlands, and industrial and investment forests.
Department of Forestry biennial budget – The board will consider for approval the draft 2011-13 department budget. The department, along with other state agencies, must submit a proposed budget to the Department of Administrative Services by Sept. 1, for the budget cycle beginning July 1, 2011.
The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. at Lane Community College’s Center for Meeting and Learning, 4000 East 30th Ave., in Eugene.
The meeting is open to the public, and comments will be received on forestry-related items not included in the agenda during a general 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 department’s 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 July 30 meeting agenda items is available through the “2010 Meeting Schedule” link on the website.