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Forestry Board meeting, pesticide workshop scheduled March 9, 10
Rod Nichols, 503-945-7425, rnichols@odf.state.or.us
Dan Postrel, 503-945-7420, dpostrel@odf.state.or.us
Management of state-owned forests and general development trends on forestland are among topics on t the agenda for the Oregon Board of Forestry at its regular business meeting on March 9 in Salem. The Board will hold a workshop the following day on forest pesticide policy.
The meeting agenda includes the following topics:
“Forests, Farms and People” report – The board will receive results of the 2009 update of this report, which examines land-use change on non-federal land in Oregon from 1974 through 2009. Some of the key findings include:
  • Ninety-eight percent of all non-federal land that was in forest, agricultural and rangeland uses in Oregon in 1974 remained in those uses in 2009;
  • A significant shift occurred on private land, with more than a half-million acres changing from forest, agricultural and range uses to low-density residential or urban uses;
  • Development of resource lands declined after land-use plans were implemented in the mid-1980s.
The report also notes that resource lands in western Oregon are being developed at much slower rates than resource lands in western Washington, even when differences in population growth rates are considered.
Biological diversity conservation – The board will receive a paper addressing biological diversity in Oregon’s forests. An advisory committee to the board recommended that Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) scientists cooperate with other public- and private-sector experts to develop the paper. The aim is to acquaint board members with contemporary knowledge of biological diversity and current efforts to conserve it in Oregon. The document answers such questions as:
  • What is biological diversity?
  • What is being done to assess, protect and manage biological diversity in Oregon forestlands?
  • What knowledge about biological diversity at regional and watershed scales can be gained from a set of indicators of forest sustainability, developed by a broad-based group, that the board has endorsed?
State Forests draft rule concepts - As part of its ongoing discussion of two administrative rules central to the management of Oregon’s state forests, the board will review draft narrative statements for:
  • the “Greatest Permanent Value” rule, which defines the purpose of lands under board jurisdiction, and,
  • the rule that provides structure and process for state forest planning activities.
The narratives are intended to serve as the basis for further work that could result in proposals for rule changes.
Gilchrist State Forest carbon project – The board will receive an update on development of a carbon project for the Gilchrist State Forest located in Klamath County. An international market exists in which businesses seeking to mitigate their carbon footprint can purchase credits from other entities whose activities – such as the growing of trees  remove carbon from the atmosphere. The young forest growing on the Gilchrist tract has high potential to store carbon.

Board executive session – At the completion of the public agenda, the board will enter into executive session to consult with legal counsel, as provided by state law, to discuss current or potential litigation.
The workshop is part of an ongoing exploration of board authority, roles, responsibilities and relationships regarding pesticide policy. The workshop will address areas such as legal and policy framework, strategies for interagency coordination, the federal Clean Water Act, and state toxics reduction strategies.
The half-day workshop will conclude with a period for questions and discussion.
The board meeting and workshop will begin at 8 a.m. at Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters in the Tillamook Room, Building C, 2600 State St., in Salem.
The March 9 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. The March 10 workshop is also open to the public, but public comment on the subject will be taken at a later date.
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 March 9 meeting and March 10 workshop is available through the 2011 “Meeting Schedules” link on the website.