State Forests Advisory Committee meets September 16 via Zoom
SALEM, Ore. – An Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) state forests advisory group will meet Thursday, September 16 virtually via Zoom to discuss recovery plans for the Shellburg Falls recreation area and ensuring safe public access after the 2020 Labor Day fires.
This forest project is being considered as the 2nd and final phase of the ODF North Cascades Fiscal Year 2022 Annual Operations Plan. Aspects of the proposed plan include resource protection measures, hazard mitigation and public safety, limited post-fire timber harvest, maintaining the area’s scenic value in a post-fire environment, and potential education and interpretation opportunities. This plan is being developed with the goal of meeting the state’s obligation to provide social, environmental and economic values to Oregonians.
The State Forests Advisory Committee will meet at 10 a.m. via the Zoom virtual meeting platform at https://odf.zoom.us/j/99259150225. The meeting agenda will be posted at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/SFAC.aspx.
A public comment opportunity will be provided at the beginning of the meeting. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. Questions about accessibility or special accommodations for the meeting can be directed to the Oregon Department of Forestry at 503-945-7427.
The State Forests Advisory Committee (SFAC) includes citizens and representatives of timber, environmental and recreation groups. SFAC provides a forum to discuss issues, opportunities and concerns, and offer advice and guidance to ODF on the implementation of the Northwest Oregon State Forests Management Plan. The plan provides guidance for managing 616,000 acres within the Tillamook, Clatsop and Santiam State Forests, and several scattered state-owned forest tracts in Benton, Polk, Lincoln and Lane counties through a balanced approach to generate revenue while prioritizing environmental and social benefits.