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Companion Forest Management Plan

About the project

The mission of the Companion Western Oregon State Forest Management Plan and Implementation Plans project is to develop a companion FMP and IPs for the State Forests Division that implement  the economic, environmental and social values required of state forests in conjunction with strategies outlined in the draft Western Oregon State Forest Habitat Conservation Plan. Forest Management Plans provide long-term management direction and establish strategic approaches for meeting resource management goals. Implementation Plans (IPs) are developed to detail how management strategies that are outlined in the FMP will be applied for smaller management units (i.e. specific geographic areas).

The FMP and IPs will be developed simultaneously, on a staggered timeline, as part of an overarching and holistic management approach, aiming for completion in 2023. A Forest Management Plan requires approval by the Board of Forestry, while Implementation Plans require approval by the State Forester. If approved, the companion Western Oregon State Forests FMP would replace the current Northwest Oregon and Southwest Oregon State Forests FMPs.

Background

In October of 2020 the Board of Forestry (BOF) gave direction to the State Forests Division to continue the development of a draft Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) and a companion Forest Management Plan (FMP) for about 640,000 acres of ODF-managed lands west of the Cascades. With the HCP administrative draft entering the NEPA process in March 2021, the State Forests Division is beginning development of the companion FMP and IPs.

The State Forests Division determined that the best way to carry out this work is in parallel process, running two separate projects, in order to be able to implement the companion FMP along with the HCP. The existing HCP project team will continue with the NEPA process and a new project has been initiated to develop the companion FMP and IPs. The project teams will coordinate closely throughout the project lifecycle to ensure alignment and consistency in management goals, objectives and strategies.

This project provides an opportunity to improve certainty around outcomes for the economic, environmental and social components articulated in greatest permanent value, such as recreational, educational, and interpretive opportunities.

Public Engagement

Mark your calendars for Thursday, May 6 from 2 – 5 p.m. for a virtual meeting open to the public to learn more about a forest management plan that would serve as a companion for a Habitat Conservation Plan for state forestlands west of the Cascades. This meeting will provide an update on the Western Oregon State Forests Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process, and the companion Forest Management Plan (FMP) & regional Implementation Plans (IP). RSVP is requested. View the meeting agenda.

ODF's public process aims for a two-way dialogue between the public, stakeholders, department staff and consultants to create the best possible product and meet our statutory mandate to provide economic, environmental and social benefits as part of greatest permanent value.

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