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Forestry Board to hold meeting, pesticide workshop April 29
Rod Nichols, 503-945-7425, rnichols@odf.state.or.us
Dan Postrel, 503-945-7420, dpostrel@odf.state.or.us
The Oregon Board of Forestry will address state forest issues and landowner charges for wildfire protection when it meets on April 29 in Salem. The afternoon has been set aside for the second phase of a workshop on board policies governing the use of pesticides in forest management. The meeting and workshop are open to the public.
BOARD OF FORESTRY MEETING - 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Agenda items include:
Elliott State Forest Management Plan rulemaking
The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) will request approval from the board to begin rulemaking for a new draft Elliott State Forest Management Plan. The revised plan went out for an informal 60-day public review last November. Following the review, ODF staff made a number of changes to the draft based on the comments received and further staff work.
Scientific review results
Oregon State University’s Institute for Natural Resources will present an overview of environmental, social and economic findings from its recent scientific review of ODF’s analysis of different management plan alternatives for the state forests.
Fire patrol assessment hearings
The board will hold two hearings for Benton County landowners with objections to the recent inclusion of their properties among lands that are charged assessments for wildland fire protection.
Forestry Program for Oregon public comments
ODF staff will present a summary of comments received from the public on the 2011 update of the board’s strategic plan, the Forestry Program for Oregon. Staff will recommend changes to the draft plan, based on the comments received.
The 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.
PESTICIDE WORKSHOP - 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
In the afternoon, the board will hold the second session of a two-part workshop designed to create a greater understanding of the board’s authority, roles, responsibilities and relationships concerning forest pesticide policy.
The board will hear non-agency perspectives on a variety of subjects related to forest pesticide use. Public comment will be received following the presentations. The board will then discuss its current policies and identify follow-up board work.
The board meeting and workshop will be held at Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters in the Tillamook Room - Building C, 2600 State St., in Salem.
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 April 29 meeting, including staff reports, is available through the 2011 “Meeting Schedules” link on the website.