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Streamside protection, forest diversity on Forestry Board agenda
Contact:
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 take up agenda items on streamside vegetation protection, state forest planning and rules, and biological diversity when it meets on Jan. 4 in Salem. The meeting is open to the public.
 
The agenda includes:
 
State Forests 2012 proposed board work plan – Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) staff will propose a work plan that aligns with the discussion and direction at the November 2011 board meeting, including remarks from Governor John Kitzhaber.  The proposed plan includes:
  • Affirmation of the greatest permanent value administrative rule
  • Improvement of performance measures for board-owned lands
  • Identification of policy options to ensure financial sustainability for the State Forests program
  • Exploration of methods to make contributions to conservation values on state forests more visible and durable
 
Greatest permanent value rule – ODF staff will summarize the results of a process begun in 2009 to examine the greatest permanent value rule, an administrative rule that defines the purpose of the board-owned forestlands in providing a broad range of benefits. An extensive review by a broad-based public advisory committee, the Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee, and department employees led State Forests program staff to conclude that the current rule language is generally aligned with board members’ viewpoints about the interpretation of “greatest permanent value.”
 
Board authorities in riparian protection standards – Staff will present a review of the board’s duties and powers for administrative rules, including the types of rules, procedure, necessary findings and analysis. They will describe the relationship between rules for maintaining water quality and rule analysis. The board will be asked to decide whether to move forward with rule analysis on two topics: riparian protection standards for small and medium fish-bearing streams, and waiver of written plans for operations near riparian management areas.
 
Oregon forest biological diversity – A subcommittee to the board tasked with studying the issue of the loss of forest biological diversity in Oregon, specifically in the northern coast region, presented its findings at the November 2011 board meeting. As follow-up, ODF staff will present a summary of how current statutes and administrative rules influence biological diversity through department programs. 
 
Principles and guidance for 2013-15 department budget and legislative concepts – The department will seek the board’s input for principles and guidance for the 2013-15 Agency Request Budget, and for development of possible bills to be introduced during the 2013 legislative session.
 
Decertification of State Forest parcels – The board will consider a request to decertify three parcels of land in Coos County owned by the State Land Board. The Land Board decertified the parcels in October, a prelude to offering them for sale to the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve. The reserve’s mission is to “improve the understanding and stewardship of Pacific Northwest estuaries and coastal watersheds.” Decertification by both the Land Board and the Board of Forestry is required under state statute for sale of the parcels, totaling 320 acres, to proceed.
 
Meeting time and location:
The board meeting will begin at 8 a.m. 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 calling the department’s Public 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 Jan. 4 meeting, including staff reports, will be available soon through the 2012 “Meeting Schedules” link on the website.
 
Public comment:
The meeting is open to the public. During a general comment period at the beginning, public comment will be received on forestry-related items that are not included in the agenda. Time will also be provided for comment on specific agenda items as the board takes them up.

 
Executive session:
The board will hold an executive session for the purpose of consultation with legal counsel at 12:30 p.m. The board holds such sessions from time to time to discuss various ongoing legal cases. By law, no decisions are to be made in an executive session. The session is closed to the public, but members of the news media may attend, under provisions of ORS 192.660. The executive session will take place during the lunch break of the regular public board meeting.