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Forestry Department to hold meeting on fire budget April 13, Prineville
Contact: Kevin Benton, 541-447-5658  
The Oregon Department of Forestry’s (ODF) Central Oregon District will host a public information meeting on its proposed fire protection budget at 6 p.m. on April 13 at the Crook County Library Conference Room in Prineville.  
The annual budget provides for personnel and equipment to protect 2.2 million acres of private and public forestlands from wildfire across 11 counties in north-central Oregon. At the meeting, ODF will present its proposed budget for the 2012 fiscal year which begins on July 1, 2011. The proposal includes an operating budget of $5.7 million for wildland fire protection services.
Forest landowners who pay ODF’s annual Forest Patrol Assessment with their property taxes will have an opportunity to review and comment on the level of fire protection and associated fire patrol assessment rates that forest landowners can expect to pay if the proposed fire protection budget is approved by Oregon’s Board of Forestry. 
District staff will be on hand to answer questions regarding the proposed budget. Forest landowners who pay ODF for wildland fire protection services and other interested parties are encouraged to attend.