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Public tour of Clatsop State Forest and advisory group meeting set for June 28 and 29
June 14, 2011
Kevin Weeks    (503) 945-7427
The Oregon Department of Forestry’s (ODF) Astoria District will be hosting a tour of Clatsop State Forest operations and review forest management plan development with an advisory group for state forest management on June 28 and 29th in Astoria.
The State Forests Advisory Committee (SFAC) is made up of citizens and interest group representatives from environmental, forest products, local governments and recreational groups.  The committee provides a forum to discuss issues, opportunities and concerns, and offer advice and guidance to ODF on implementation of the Northwest Oregon Forest Management Plan.

Tuesday June 28 - tour of Clatsop State Forest
A day-long field tour will provide SFAC members a glimpse of forest management principles at work in the Clatsop State Forest. During the morning, stops are scheduled to explain aspects of the 2011 Implementation Plan for the forest, showing stands of timber recently thinned or scheduled for thinning during the coming year and explaining how the new Implementation Plan will offer more options for protecting streams and enhancing wildlife habitat. Following a lunch break, the tour resumes with a visit to an even-age harvest tract that includes aquatic restoration work and concludes with a visit to the Nicolai Mountain OHV recreation area, explaining more about ODF’s recreation area for Off-Highway Vehicles and several partnerships that enable new recreation opportunities in the Clatsop State Forest.
The field tour is open to the public.  Public members participating on the tour are asked to meet at the Sunset Rest Area on U.S. Highway 26 (milepost 29) by 9:00 a.m. for a tour briefing. Public members participating in the tour are responsible for providing their own lunch and transportation to field tour stops.

Wednesday June 29 - State Forests Advisory Committee meeting, Fort Clatsop
On Wednesday, the State Forests Advisory Committee will hold its regularly-scheduled June meeting. The proposed agenda for the meeting is scheduled to include a review of the public comments and SFAC recommendations for the draft 2011 Implementation Plans for the ODF Astoria and ODF Forest Grove districts received during the public review period that closed May 25th, a discussion of the Species of Concern Strategies in the NW Oregon Forest Management Plan, and review of the recommendations provided to the Oregon Board of Forestry by the Institute for Natural Resources regarding management of the NW Oregon state-owned forests.
The meeting begins at 9:00 a.m. at the Fort Clatsop Visitors Interpretive Center, 92343 Fort Clatsop Road (take Alternative Highway 101 south of the Astoria Regional Airport to Fort Clatsop Road – Lewis and Clark National Historic Park).
The agenda includes a scheduled time for public comment at 12:00 p.m.
Members of the public are invited to attend and participate in the meeting. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. 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.
The Oregon Department of Forestry provides land management of 821,000 acres of forest within Oregon, concentrated in six large State Forests and numerous small forest tracts in 15 Oregon counties. Two-thirds of the revenue generated from timber sales goes to the counties that deeded these lands to the state. ODF retains one-third of revenues to manage the forestlands and protect these public assets from fire.
Additional information about the State Forests Advisory Committee is available on the ODF web site at: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/STATE_FORESTS/State_Forests_Advisory_Committee.shtml