FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Major Media Distribution – August 7, 2015

The Oregon Department of Forestry issued this news release today.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Major Media Distribution – August 7, 2015

Contact:          Tara Sell, (503) 945-7210 or Tara.L.Sell@oregon.gov  
                       
Board of Forestry Subcommittee to hear draft concept for northwest Oregon forest management plan
The Board of Forestry Subcommittee on Alternative Forest Management Plans will meet on August 12 in Portland, OR to review a draft concept for a revised forest management plan for state forests in northwest Oregon. The review will include a discussion on the underlying elements of the concept, what it means for drafting a new plan, and next steps in the planning process.
The Board of Forestry decided to pursue a land allocation – or emphasis area – approach for managing northwest Oregon state forests in November 2014, working to ensure that the State Forests Division at ODF has a sustainable flow of revenue and improves conservation outcomes over time to continue providing services that benefit communities and the environment. The Board requested the Subcommittee on Alternative Forest Management Plans continue its work by further developing a land allocation approach.
At the meeting, Subcommittee members will review draft analysis and current forecasting efforts outlining how a new plan might look once implemented and discuss metrics for measuring conservation.  Subject to change, public comment opportunities are available at 12:30 p.m.
Meeting details
When: August 12, 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: PDX Conference Center, Portland International Airport, St. Helen’s Room A & B, 7000 NE Airport Way, Portland, OR 97218
More information, including a detailed agenda and meeting materials can be found here:
http://www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/board/BOF_Subc_AltFMP.aspx
Special needs
Accommodations for people with disabilities, and special materials, services or assistance can be arranged by calling the department’s Public Affairs Office at least 48 hours before the meeting, at (503) 945-7210.
About the board
The Board of Forestry consists of seven citizens nominated by the governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. Responsibilities include appointing the state forester, setting management direction for state-owned forests, adopting rules governing timber harvest and other practices on private forestland, and promoting sustainable management of Oregon’s 30 million-acre forestland base.