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Forestry Board to tour forest disease site, hold meeting in Brookings
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 get a first-hand look at the damage inflicted by Sudden Oak Death disease when it tours a quarantine site near Brookings on Nov. 4. The tour and discussion will focus on efforts to eradicate and slow the spread of the pathogen, which affects tanoak and several other tree and shrub species.
On Nov. 5, the board will hold a meeting in Brookings to address the following agenda items:
State forests performance measures – Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) staff will present highlights from a report on the nine performance measures used to gauge management effectiveness on Oregon’s state-owned forests. The measures help determine whether the appropriate balance of social, economic and environmental benefits is being achieved on state-owned forestlands, which make up about three percent of Oregon’s forestland base.
Climate change work group update - The board will hear a presentation on the “Forestry Roadmap to 2020,” a report that provides desired-future-condition scenarios and recommendations to increase carbon storage in forest ecosystems and long-lived forest products to meet Oregon’s 2020 greenhouse gas goal. Forests remove significant amounts of carbon dioxide from the air, one of several gases known to absorb heat in the atmosphere and raise average temperatures. The report was prepared by members of the Forestry Technical Committee of the Oregon Global Warming Commission.
Gilchrist State Forest carbon offset – ODF will report its progress in developing a carbon offset project on the Gilchrist State Forest. ODF and The Conservation Fund, a private conservation organization, are jointly pursuing revenue from the sales of carbon offset credits to help fund acquisition of an additional 25,000 acres for the new state forest in Klamath County. A “carbon offset” is a reduction in emissions of greenhouse gases made in order to compensate for, or offset, an emission made elsewhere.
Elliott State Forest plan revision – A status report on management planning for the Elliott State Forest will be presented to the Board of Forestry. Elements of the proposed planning scenario include:
  • Initiating an independent scientific review of aquatic and riparian strategies
  • Revising or terminating the federal Habitat Conservation Plan for threatened and endangered species
  • Revising the state’s management plan for the Elliott using a take-avoidance strategy (required if the federal Habitat Conservation Plan is terminated)
  • Determining whether carbon-offset market opportunities exist for the Elliott.
The status report was presented last month to the State Land Board, which owns the Elliott State Forest.
State Forests’ planning rule revision – The board will discuss the State Forests’ planning rules, which direct the state forester to develop 10-year management plans for the state-owned forests. Earlier this year, the board initiated a process to review the Greatest Permanent Value (GPV) rule and the planning rules for state forests. The board completed preliminary discussion of the GPV rule in July, and at the Nov. 5 meeting will begin discussion of the planning rules. 
Private Forests Program policy implementation – ODF staff and the board will continue review and discussion of the Private Forests Program policy implementation report. The report articulates the program’s vision and mission and specifies actions to retain the social, economic and ecological viability of privately owned forests. The November 2010 Board discussion will focus on the adequacy of statutes and rules to support the program vision.
Improve landowner appeals process - The board will consider a set of draft rules that would streamline the process for forest landowners to appeal ODF district budgets or request a board hearing. The current administrative rules governing appeals of district budgets have proven unwieldy. ODF is seeking board approval to begin formal rulemaking to improve the appeals process.
Board of Forestry priority issues – The board will assess its progress in addressing the priority work items it set out to accomplish in 2010 and 2011. The list includes work on: strategic planning, State Forests program and Private Forests program direction, wildfire risk management, and restructuring the ODF budget.
State Forester Recruitment Plan - The Board will review the hiring standards, criteria and policy directives associated with hiring Oregon’s next state forester. This will include review of the draft job posting, draft recruitment plan, and draft stakeholder survey.
A tour briefing will be held at 9 a.m. at the Best Western Beachfront Inn, 16008 Boat Basin Rd., in Brookings. During the tour, information will be presented about ongoing efforts to eliminate Phytophthora ramorum (the pathogen that causes Sudden Oak Death) from Oregon and prevent its spread into and out of the state. Members of the public wishing to join the Board on the tour are asked to provide their own transportation and lunch. The tour will return to the Beachfront Inn at about 3 p.m.
The board meeting will begin at 8 a.m. in the Best Western Beachfront Inn. 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.oregonforestry.gov. Background information on the Nov. 5 meeting agenda items is available through the “2010 Meeting Schedule” link on the website.