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Meeting on forest stewardship and field tour planned for Klamath Falls April 27 and 28
  
April 14, 2011
Contact:          
Kevin Weeks (503) 945-7427
  
The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) will be holding a meeting and field tour in Klamath Falls to discuss how private, state and federal incentive programs are working together to achieve Oregon’s conservation needs on private forestlands. The two-day meeting of the State Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee is planned for Wednesday and Thursday, April 27th and 28th at the ODF Klamath/Lake District office, 3200 DeLap Road in Klamath Falls.
 
Wednesday April 27:
ODF’s State Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee will hold its scheduled April meeting at the ODF Klamath/Lake District office beginning at 1:30 p.m. The proposed agenda for the meeting is scheduled to include continuing discussion on Oregon’s Forest Legacy Program, an update on Oregon’s Statewide Forest Assessment and Resource Strategy and a status report on Oregon’s Uniform Resource Plan and Endorsement System project.  The meeting is open to the public and an opportunity for public comment is provided at the beginning.
 
Thursday April 28:
A field tour is planned to visit three private forest landowners along Klamath Lake’s western shore.  The purpose of the tour is to showcase public-private collaborative efforts to maintain working forests and conservation within the upper Klamath Basin. The tour agenda will include restoration efforts benefitting redband trout, wetland and stream channel/floodplain restoration benefiting two species of federally endangered fish (the shortnose and Lost River suckers), tax incentive programs for managing areas of high conservation value, and the urgency of preventing the loss of Oregon’s private forests to development. 
 
These voluntary efforts are a partnership between landowners and several public agencies or conservation groups: the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Services Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service and Forest Service; the Oregon Department of Forestry, the Fremont-Winema National Forest, the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge, Ducks Unlimited and the Klamath Lake Land Trust.   
 
The tour is open to the public.  Public members participating on the tour are asked to meet at the ODF Klamath/Lake District office at 8:00 a.m. Public members participating in the Thursday tour should be responsible for their own lunch and transportation to field tour stops.
 
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.
 
Additional information about the State Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee is available on ODF’s web site at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/RESOURCE_PLANNING/sfscc.shtml 
 
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