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Public comment period on state forest plans opens April 11
Contact: Rod Nichols, 503-945-7425
 
The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) invites the public to comment on its draft plans to guide management of the state-owned forests. A comment period opens April 11 on both short- and long-term plans proposed for the approximately 821,000 acres of public forestland managed by ODF.
 
Written comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. on May 25.
 
The public is invited to comment on:
  • annual operations plans for nine ODF districts
  • 10-year implementation plans for forests managed by ODF’s Astoria and Forest Grove districts
 
Annual operations plans
These plans describe specific activities such as timber sales and reforestation, road building, stream enhancement and recreation projects on the state forests. The draft annual operations plans are available for review at each ODF district office and at ODF headquarters in Salem. They are also posted on the ODF website: www.oregon.gov/ODF/STATE_FORESTS/2012_AOP_Draft.shtml
 
After public comments have been considered and any changes made, district foresters will approve the annual operations plans for their districts. The plans under review are for the period from July 2011 through June 2012. 
 
Implementation plans
Ten-year implementation plans provide objectives for the annual operations plans. They also link the goals and strategies found in the long-range forest management plans to the annual plans. The draft implementation plans are available on the ODF web: www.oregon.gov/ODF/STATE_FORESTS/District_Implementation_Plan_Revisions_2011.shtml 
 
Implementation plans assess the current forest conditions as a starting point and project a “desired future condition” that extends out several decades. These plans describe management activities including harvests, road building, recreation objectives and reforestation that will occur over a 10-year period. The plans also include estimates of key outcomes such as timber harvest volume and age/species composition of forest stands.
 
The draft implementation plans opening for review April 11 are for the Forest Grove district, which manages the eastern portion of the Tillamook State Forest, and the Astoria district, which manages the Clatsop State Forest.
 
Comments on the annual operations and implementation plans may be sent by postal mail to: Attn Rod Nichols, Oregon Department of Forestry, 2600 State St., Salem, OR 97310. Comments may also be e-mailed to: rnichols@odf.state.or.us.
 
Timber harvest and revenue
For the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2011, total timber harvest volume for all nine ODF districts that encompass state forestland is projected at 245 million board feet. (A board foot is a unit of wood that measures a foot square and an inch thick. There are about 13,000 board feet of framing lumber in an average house.)
 
Depending on the type of forestland, most of the revenue from timber sales is distributed to county governments and local taxing districts, or to the Common School Fund to benefit public schools throughout the state. From July 2009 to June 2010, timber revenue from state forestlands produced $42.6 million for counties, local school and local taxing districts, and $9.6 million for the Common School Fund.
 
All state-managed public forests are actively managed as working forests under long-term management plans adopted by the Board of Forestry to provide economic, environmental and social benefits to Oregonians.
 
Tips for providing useful comment
Written comments on the annual plans are most useful to forest managers when they focus on:
  • enhancing consistency among plans
  • improving clarity
  • providing new information
  • improving efficiency and effectiveness
 
When submitting a comment, please specify whether it concerns an annual operations plan or an implementation plan. And, if possible, identify the ODF district that is the focus of the comment.
 
The comment period on annual plans is part of an ongoing public involvement process. It provides an opportunity for ODF districts to share their annual plans with the public. It is also a time for the public to ask questions and offer comments on the planned activities on state forestlands.
 
Public involvement in state-managed forest issues other than the annual plans occurs throughout the year at regularly scheduled meetings of the Board of Forestry, Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee, and State Forests Advisory Committee.
 
ODF headquarters and district offices’ contact information
If you have questions regarding multiple districts or if you are not sure which district you are interested in, please contact the ODF Agency Affairs office in Salem. Questions regarding a specific district should be directed to that district.
 
State Forests Program - Attn: Rob Nall, Oregon Department of Forestry, 2600 State St., Salem, OR 97310. Phone: 503-945-7514 office, Fax: 503-945-7376, email: rnall@odf.state.ur.us.
Astoria District (Clatsop State Forest), 92219 Hwy 202, Astoria, OR 97103. Phone: 503-325-5451, Fax: 503-325-2756.
 
North Cascade District (Santiam State Forest), 22965 North Fork Rd. SE, Lyons, OR 97358. Phone: 503-859-2151, Fax: 503-859-2158.
 
Forest Grove District (eastern one-third of Tillamook State Forest), 801 Gales Creek Rd., Forest Grove, OR 97116. Phone: 503-357-2191, Fax: 503-357-4548.
 
Tillamook District (western two-thirds of Tillamook State Forest), 5005 East Third St., Tillamook, OR 97141. Phone: 503-842-2545, Fax: 503-842-3143.
 
West Oregon District (scattered parcels), 24533 Alsea Highway, Philomath, OR 97370. Phone: 541-929-3266, Fax: 541-929-5549.
 
Western Lane District (scattered parcels), 87950 Territorial Highway, Veneta, OR 97487. Phone: 541-935-2283, Fax: 541-935-0731.
 
Coos District (Elliott State Forest), 63612 Fifth Rd., Coos Bay, OR 97420. Phone: 541-267-4136, Fax: 541-269-2027.
 
Southwest Oregon District (scattered parcels), 5286 Table Rock Rd., Central Point, OR 97502. Phone: 541-664-3328 Fax: 541-776-6184.
 
Klamath-Lake District (Sun Pass and Gilchrist State forests), 3200 DeLap Rd.,
Klamath Falls, OR 97601. Phone: 541-883-5681, Fax: 541-883-5555.
 
Background information
Four overarching plans set broad management parameters for state-owned forestlands across the state:
  • Northwest Oregon State Forests Management Plan - provides guidance for 616,000 acres of forest in the following districts: Astoria, Tillamook, Forest Grove, North Cascade, West Oregon and Western Lane.
  • Southwest Oregon State Forest Management Plan - provides guidance for 18,000 acres of contiguous forests and scattered lands in Josephine, Douglas, Curry and Jackson counties.
  • Elliott State Forest Management Plan – provides guidance for the 95,273-acre Elliott State Forest in Coos and Douglas counties, managed by the Coos District. 
  • Eastern Region Long-range Forest Management Plan – provides guidance for 77,000 acres in Klamath County, including the 43,000-acre Gilchrist State Forest and the 20,000-acre Sun Pass State Forest.