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Committee for Family Forestlands advocates for small-acre forest owners; January meeting announced
January 13, 2011
Kevin Weeks    (503) 945-7427
A landowner advisory group that advises the Oregon Board of Forestry on behalf of an estimated 65,000 owners of small-woodland or family owned forests – about 4.7 million acres of Oregon’s forests - starts 2011 work with a meeting scheduled later in January.
The Committee for Family Forestlands provides advice and information to the Oregon Board of Forestry and the State Forester on ways to improve the vitality of Oregon’s family forestlands, evaluate the impact of forest policy and regulatory changes on family forest owners, and expand opportunities for landowners to manage and market their timber, forest product and other economic resources.
The next meeting of the Committee for Family Forestlands is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on Thursday January 27, 2011 at the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters in Salem, 2600 State Street - Operations Building D, Sun Pass meeting room.
The agenda for the meeting is under development.
Twelve positions, seven voting members and five seats in non-voting roles, make up membership of the Committee. Voting members include family forest owners, an environmental community representative, a representative of Oregon’s forest products industry and a citizen-at-large representing the public. Representatives of the Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon State University, forestry-related industry associations and the Oregon Forest Resources Institute serve in a non-voting capacity.
Two members of the Committee, Craig Shinn of Canby and Sarah Deumling of Rickreall, were re-appointed to new three-year terms by the Board of Forestry during the Board’s January 2011 meeting. Shinn serves as Chair of the Committee and represents the public as a citizen-at-large while Deumling serves as a representative of the environmental community.
Members of the public are invited to attend and participate in the meeting. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. Questions about accessibility or special accommodations for the meeting can be directed to the Oregon Department of Forestry at 503-945-7502.
Oregon’s forests are among one of the state’s most valued resources, providing a balanced mix of environmental, economic and social benefits.