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Board of Forestry to meet in Corvallis on March 8, host field tour on March 9

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Board of Forestry will meet for a hybrid public meeting on Wednesday, March 8 in Corvallis and host a field tour the following day. Both events are open to the public. 

The meeting will be at the LaSells Stewart Center on the Oregon State University (OSU) campus, Construction and Engineering Hall – 875 SW 26 Street, Corvallis, OR 97331. The meeting begins at 8 a.m. and will also be livestreamed on the Department of Forestry’s YouTube channel.

The board’s business agenda includes:

  • Forest Protection Association overview
  • Proposal for new climate-smart forestry award
  • Forestry Program for Oregon update and Oregon Kitchen Table proposal for engaging Oregonians
  • 2023 Legislative Session update
  • Sightline Institute: Long rotational forestry discussion
  • Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee testimony
  • Field tour overview

The full agenda is available on the board’s webpage. Live testimony is available for item #1 – State forester and board member comments. Sign-up is required and instructions to provide live testimony are available online. Sign-up closes Friday, March 3 at 5 p.m. Written public testimony will also be accepted. Written comments can be submitted before or up to two weeks after the meeting day to boardofforestry@odf.oregon.gov with the appropriate agenda item included with the submission.

On March 9, the board will host a tour that is open to the public. The field tour itinerary will be posted on the board’s webpage a week prior to the tour. Members of the public wishing to join the tour are asked to bring their lunch and RSVP to boardofforestry@odf.oregon.govby Friday, March 3 at 5 p.m. to secure a seat in an ODF vehicle. Private vehicles are also allowed on the tour, but carpooling is encouraged. The first tour stop is on OSU’s campus, and parking at OSU requires a permit to be purchased online. The field tour on March 9 will not have a virtual option, but a recording will be posted on the board’s webpage following the tour.

Accommodations for people with disabilities, and special materials, services, or assistance can be arranged by calling ODF’s Public Affairs Office at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting at 503-945-7200 or by email at forestryinformation@odf.oregon.gov.

The Oregon 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. Read more information about the board.

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