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State Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee meets September 7 in Salem
 
August 26, 2011
Contact:          
Kevin Weeks (503) 945-7427
  
Oregon’s State Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee will meet on Wednesday September 7, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) headquarters in Salem, 2600 State Street (Operations Building D - Santiam meeting room).
 
The proposed agenda for the meeting is scheduled to include presentations by applicants for Oregon’s projects for federal FY 2013 Forest Legacy Program funding considerations, discussion about the role of the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service Forestry Sub-Committee, updates on national Forest Legacy funding, a report on the Uniform Resource Planning and Endorsement System Project and discussion of the Fiscal Year 2013 National Scoring Criteria for federal Forest Legacy funding. 
 
Public comments are scheduled to be heard at 10:00 a.m.
 
The Committee’s agenda is scheduled to include an Executive Session at approximately 2:30pm to receive information about the federal Forest Legacy National Scoring Criteria and how Oregon projects will be evaluated in competition with other states’ projects. Executive Session for this meeting is authorized under ORS 192.660 (2) (g) for the discussion of federal competitive funding programs. Deliberation towards a final Committee decision and voting on proposed Oregon project rankings must be conducted in public session at the conclusion of the Executive Session; for this meeting, deliberation and voting is deffered until a public session of the Committee on September 29.
 
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 503-945-7368.
 
The State Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee – consisting of representatives from state and federal natural resource agencies, private forest landowners, consulting foresters, forest industry and conservation organizations – advises the State Forester on policies and procedures for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service - State and Private Forestry programs such as Forest Legacy and Forest Stewardship. The State Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee also serves as the forestry subcommittee to the Oregon Technical Advisory Committee (OTAC), advising both the USDA Farm Services Agency and USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service on federal farm and forestry assistance programs. In 2010, the State Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee provided oversight of ODF’s development of the 2010 Oregon Statewide Forest Assessment and Resource Strategy.
 
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 and information about the Forest Legacy Program is available at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/privateforests/forestlegacy.shtml 
 
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