Salem, OR—The State of Oregon, through the Department of Forestry, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), through the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), will be signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on shared stewardship on Aug. 13 at 2 p.m. The purpose of the MOU is to establish a framework that allows the state and Forest Service to work collaboratively to accomplish mutual goals, further common interests, and effectively respond to the increasing suite of challenges facing the communities, landscapes, natural and cultural resources of Oregon.
"The decades-long partnership between our state and federal forestry departments have focused on shared priorities, such as improving forest health and reducing wildfire risks. We now build on that partnership to create a statewide view of overall needs and shared priorities," said Governor Brown. "It's imperative that we cultivate and expand our partnership."
This event is the formalization of the ongoing commitment of both the state of Oregon and the federal government to responsibly manage Oregon’s forestlands to enhance environmental, economic, and community sustainability. Governor Kate Brown, USDA Undersecretary Jim Hubbard, Oregon State Forester Peter Daugherty, and USFS Regional Forester Glenn Casamassa are scheduled to speak at the event.
Members of the media are welcome to attend. Those who plan to attend or need additional information should contact Jim Gersbach at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, August 13
2:00 p.m. Governor's Ceremonial Office
Oregon State Capitol
900 Court Street NE