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Forestry Board to present urban forestry awards at Sept. 8 meeting in Salem
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 and Oregon Community Trees, a conservation organization, will present the annual State Urban Forestry Awards at the board’s next regular meeting on Sept. 8 in Salem. Eight recipients will be recognized for their work to promote urban forests.
Other items on the board’s agenda include:
  • Stream monitoring update – The Riparian Function and Stream Temperature (RipStream) monitoring project is designed to measure the effectiveness of stream protection rules as prescribed for state-owned forests and private forestlands. Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) and Oregon State University College of Forestry staff will provide a progress report.
  • Oregonians’ values and beliefs about forestry and forest issues – Results of surveys and focus groups conducted in spring 2010 will be presented.
  • Oregon indicators of sustainable forest management – Board members will receive an update on the 19 indicators, including a first report on the indicator, “Compliance with forestry regulations.”
  • 2011 Forestry Program for Oregon –ODF staff will seek board approval to initiate a 90-day public comment period on the draft update of the board’s strategic planning document.
  • Mary Rellergert Forestry Education award – The board will honor individuals who have made significant contributions to public education and understanding of forestry in Oregon with the Mary Rellergert Forestry Education award. The award is given annually in honor of former Tillamook State Forest Education Coordinator Mary Rellergert, who died in February 2004.
  • State Forests planning – ODF staff will present a background paper describing how other Oregon state government natural resource agencies adopt management plans and measure their performance.
The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. at the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, in the Tillamook Room, Building C, 2600 State St., in Salem.
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 Sept. 8 meeting agenda items is available through the “2010 Meeting Schedule” link on the website.