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Regional Forest Practices Advisory Committees announce meeting in Springfield
February 18, 2011
Kevin Weeks    (503) 945-7427
The NW Oregon and SW Oregon Regional Forest Practices Advisory Committees (RFPAC) have announced a joint meeting of the two groups for March 3 in Springfield.
RFPAC’s are panels of citizens that advise the Oregon Board of Forestry on current issues and forest management approaches. Three Regional Forest Practices Advisory Committees, serving the Northwest, Southwest and Eastern regions of the state, were created within the Oregon Forest Practices Act in 1971. Under Oregon law, a majority of RFPAC members are private forest landowners and logging or forest operations companies.
The joint meeting of the Northwest/Southwest RFPAC is scheduled for Thursday, March 3 at the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) South Cascades District office, 3150 Main Street in Springfield. The meeting is tentatively scheduled to run from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm with a public comment period scheduled near the start of the meeting.
The agenda for the meeting will include reports on the paired-watershed studies conducted by the Watershed Research Cooperative on the Trask River in northwest Oregon, Alsea in western Oregon and Hinkle Creek in Douglas County. A report on the ODF Private Forests Riparian Function and Stream Temperature study (RipStream) is also on the agenda.
Members of the public may attend 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 503-945-7427.
Oregon’s forests are among one of the state’s most valued resources, providing a balanced mix of environmental, economic and social benefits.