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Forestry Board to meet in Coos Bay July 28
Rod Nichols, 503-945-7425, rnichols@odf.state.or.us
Dan Postrel, 503-945-7420, dpostrel@odf.state.or.us
Pesticide use and management planning for state-owned forests are among agenda items the Oregon Board of Forestry will take up at it July 28 meeting in Coos Bay. The Board is also scheduled to consider for final approval an update of its Forestry Program for Oregon, an over-arching strategy for sustainable management of Oregon’s forests.
2011 Forestry Program for Oregon – The department will request board approval of the 2011 Forestry Program for Oregon, reflecting changes made by the board at its April 29 meeting. The strategic planning document describes the board’s mission, values, vision, goals, objectives and indicators of sustainable forest management. Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) conducted a public review of the draft document from September through December 2010.
Institute for Natural Resources report follow-up – In its presentation to the board in April, the Oregon State University Institute for Natural Resources (INR) provided analysis and recommendations concerning several aspects of state forest management in northwestern Oregon. At the July 28 meeting, ODF staff will present options and recommendations for following up on this report. The recommendations include:
  • Activities for the board to incorporate in its work plan, such as improving performance measures
  • Areas for ODF to address, such as clarifying points of agreement and disagreement with the INR report
  • Prioritizing efforts through a discussion of the board work plan for state forests
Forest Cluster Working Group report - The Forest Cluster Working Group will present a report recommending that state government promote a set of urgent recommendations for federal forests and a set for state and private forests. Forestry accounts for nearly six percent of Oregon’s total payroll and ranks third among industries that produce income from goods and services sold out of state.
The Working Group was formed to address key challenges facing the state's “forest cluster” of allied industries and businesses. The challenges include:
  • deteriorating forest health
  • disinvestment in forestland ownership
  • eroding manufacturing capacity  
Committee for Family Forestlands annual report – The Committee for Family Forestlands (CFF) will present a report on its activities over the past year, discuss progress on key issues, and make recommendations on policy matters affecting family forestland. The CFF will also identify key issues/topics in its work plan for the coming year. Key issues include:
  • Comprehensive review of ODF revenue and budget models
  • Forest cluster infrastructure and economic vitality
  • Eastern Oregon forest management
Pesticide workshop follow-up - The board will hold a work session to discuss information presented at its March and April Pesticide Workshops, which were part of an ongoing effort to create a greater understanding of the board’s authority, roles, responsibilities and relationships regarding pesticide policy. The discussion will focus on what was learned and how this knowledge informs board policy. The work session format is based on public comment and other information previously received, and does not include an additional public comment period.
Public comment - 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.
Meeting time and location - The board meeting will begin at 8 a.m. at The Mill Hotel in the Willow-Beargrass Room, 3201 Tremont Ave., in North Bend.
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.
Board tour July 29 – On Friday, July 29, the Board of Forestry will tour the Coquille Tribe’s forest operations. The tour will commence with an 8 a.m. briefing at The Mill Hotel in the Hazel Room. Tour themes will include the Tribe’s successful management to meet the objectives of the federal Northwest Forest Plan, and a joint pilot program with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to explore innovative forest management techniques. Members of the public are welcome to join the tour but must provide their own transportation.
More information on the Board of Forestry can be found at: www.oregonforestry.gov. Background information on the July 28 meeting, including staff reports, is available through the 2011 “Meeting Schedules” link on the website.