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Committee for Family Forestlands meets September 25 - 09/19/17

Date: September 19, 2017

Contact:
Nick Hennemann, Public Affairs Specialist, Salem, 503-910-4311
Kyle Abraham, Deputy Chief Private Forests Division, Salem, 503-945-7473


The Committee for Family Forestlands will meet Monday, September 25 from 9 to 11 a.m. The meeting will be via conference call hosted in the Sun Pass Room, Building D, Oregon Department of Forestry Headquarters, 2600 State Street, Salem. The committee will:
* Receive a general update from the Private Forest Division
* Learn about Oregon Forest Practices Act streamside buffer and bald eagle rule changes and implementing the rules
* Review its 2017 Work Plan

This is a public meeting, everyone is welcome. The meeting space is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting. For more information about attending the meeting please contact Susan Dominique at 503-945-7502.

The 13-member committee researches policies that affect family forests, natural resource and forestry benefits. The committee recommends actions to the Oregon Board of Forestry and State Forester based on its findings. You can find more information at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/CFF.aspx.

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Upcoming campground closures on northwest Oregon state forests - 09/06/17

Sept. 6, 2017

Contact: Ron Zilli, State Forests Field and Policy Manager (503)325-5451


SALEM, Ore. - As the season begins to change and kids head back to school, recreational use begins to slow at many campgrounds, including those managed by the Oregon Department of Forestry. With that in mind, ODF will begin closing several of its campgrounds in the Northwest Oregon Area.

Clatsop State Forest:
* Beaver Eddy Campground -- closing Sept. 11
* Henry Rierson Spruce Run Campground -- all but 12 sites closing Sept. 11
* Northrup Creek Horse Camp -- closing Sept. 11
* Viewpoint Campground -- closing Oct. 29
* Gnat Creek Campground -- open all year

Santiam State Forest:
* Butte Creek Campground -- closed Sept. 5
* Rhody Lake -- open until November based on snow level
* Rock Creek Campground -- closed Sept. 5
* Santiam Horse Camp -- closing Oct. 30.
* Shellburg Falls Campground -- closing Oct. 2

Tillamook State Forest:
* Browns Camp -- closing Oct. 30
* Diamond Mill OHV Staging Area -- open all year
* Elk Creek Campground -- closing Sept. 25
* Gales Creek Campground -- closing Sept. 25
* Jones Creek Campground --closed Sept. 5
* Jordan Creek OHV Staging Area -- closed Sept. 5
* Keening Creek Campground -- all but six sites closed Sept. 5
* Nehalem Falls Campground -- closed Sept. 5
* Reehers Camp -- closing Sept. 25
* Stagecoach Horse Camp -- open all year
* Morrison Eddy -- open all year

Use of Northrup Creek Horse Camp may be accommodated through a Special Use Permit from September 11 to December 1. Contact the Astoria District Office at (503) 325-5451 for more details.

Dispersed camping on the Clatsop, Santiam, and Tillamook State Forests is also allowed all year with a maximum stay of 21 days. Those recreating in the forest are encouraged to follow a Leave No Trace camping ethic.

For more information on Oregon Department of Forestry recreational opportunities visit www.oregon.gov/odf.

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Fire season requires Board of Forestry to alter meeting plans for Sept. 6, changed to 1-hour conference call - 09/05/17

Date: Sept. 5, 2017
Contact: Ken Armstrong, Public Affairs Director, 503-945-7420


Fire season requires Board of Forestry to alter meeting plans for Sept. 6, changed to 1-hour conference call

(Salem, OR) The Oregon Board of Forestry today revised its agenda and schedule for the meeting in Salem on Sept. 6. This revision was necessary due to the statewide fire situation.

The one-hour meeting is now scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and run until 10 a.m., and will be conducted via conference call. Interested persons can join the meeting by listening to this conference call in the Tillamook Room, Administration Building C, at the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters, located at 2600 State St., in Salem.

Agenda items now include a revised Consent Agenda, State Forester and Board Member comments, and an update on the 2017 fire season. A revised agenda and meeting materials are available at www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/BOFMeetings.aspx.

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 in advance, at 503-945-7200.

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. More information about the Board is available at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/AboutBOF.aspx.

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Don't add to the haze from wildfires this Labor Day weekend - 08/31/17

SALEM, Ore. -- In any region of Oregon, it's hard to ignore the sight or pungent smell of smoke. Thousands of firefighters across the state are working tirelessly to contain wildfires that are currently ravaging the landscape.

The dry winds and rising temperatures forecast for the Labor Day weekend mean just one thing: elevated fire risk. As people make plans to be in the backyard or the great outdoors, the threat of new fires igniting is a major concern. The Oregon Department of Forestry and Keep Oregon Green are reminding everyone to be cautious and follow a few simple guidelines:
* Campfire bans are still in place across the state. Check current fire restrictions for your destination before leaving home. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are usually allowed even when campfires are not.
* Operate ATVs and other motorized vehicles only on established roads.
* Check your vehicle for dragging tow chains that can send sparks into roadside vegetation.
* Don't drive, idle or park on dry grass -- the hot exhaust system can set it smoldering in seconds.
* Smoke only in an enclosed vehicle. Properly dispose of cigarette butts.
* If you are target shooting, make sure your backstop is clear of flammable material, and have fire tools on hand. Hot metal fragments from bullets have been responsible for wildfires.
* Lawnmowers, weed eaters and chainsaws can all easily start a fire. Check with your local fire department or forestry district to learn if their use in your area is restricted to early mornings or evenings, or prohibited entirely.

No region of the state has been immune to the wildfire haze. Since January, there have been close to 600 human-caused fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. These preventable fires have burned thousands of acres. Make it a priority now to prepare for the weekend and prevent wildfires. Fire restriction information can be found at www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx. Oregon State Park information can be found at http://oregonstateparks.org/. If you encounter smoke or fire activity, please call 9-1-1.
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Forecast for a hot Labor Day weekend means greater caution needed with power-driven equipment - 08/30/17

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- The Oregon Department of Forestry's South Cascade District is urging rural residents throughout Lane County, Linn County and northern Douglas County to use extreme caution to prevent wildfires from now through the Labor Day weekend.

"Temperatures are expected to rise again into the mid to upper 90s, which could push this area from high into extreme fire danger. Coupled with increased wind and fuels dried out from two rainless months, any potential spark could easily start a fire," said ODF Unit Forester Michael Curran.

Because of the many large fires in the Northwest, firefighting equipment and staffing are already fully engaged, with the Oregon National Guard mobilized to help. Preventing wildfires will keep the resource situation from becoming more difficult. Curran urges the public to avoid using power-driven (gas-powered or spark-emitting) equipment unless absolutely necessary.

"The South Cascade District in Springfield and the Western Lane District in Veneta are currently at a high fire danger warning for general public use. This means all activities involving power-driven equipment, including the mowing of dry grass, use of power saws, weed eaters, etc., may not occur between the 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.," said Curran.

If hotter weather forces the districts to declare extreme fire danger by the weekend, the use of power- driven equipment for the general public will be prohibited at all times. To find up-to-date information on fire danger levels, please call our recorded information lines at 541-935-2222 or check the Facebook page at ODF Western Lane District for Western Lane and 541-726-3555 or check https://odfsouthcascade.wordpress.com/ for South Cascade.

Furthermore, the use of fire is strictly prohibited, with the exception of designated campgrounds with a camp host. Not all campgrounds are allowing fires. Please check with the camp host to verify fire restrictions. Fires must be extinguished completely before leaving the site. The use of off road vehicles is also prohibited at all times.
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Firefighters strengthen fire lines on Horse Prairie Fire in Douglas County - 08/30/17

CAMAS VALLEY, Ore. -- Fire growth on the Horse Prairie Fire in Douglas County was slowed Tuesday night due to lower temperatures and higher humidity. The night crews took advantage of these conditions to strengthen fire lines and build contingency lines. With the minimal growth overnight the fire continues to be estimated at just over 4,400 acres and remains 15 percent contained.

The fire did cross Cow Creek late yesterday at Dad's Creek and Table Creek. There is a burn of approximately 100 acres across the creek and crews and aircraft are focusing efforts in that area.

Clearing skies today will allow additional aircraft to assist firefighters. But smoke is expected over the fire later today and may impact air operations. In addition, any smoke over the air base in Myrtle Creek may prevent aircraft from taking off.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office continues the Level 3 evacuation notification for Lower Cow Creek. The notification is for Lower Cow Creek Road from the end of County Maintenance to Union Creek, including residents living on Doe Creek Road. The local fire departments have posted a fire engine at all nine affected homes in the evacuation area.

A Level 3 or "GO!" evacuation means to evacuate now; leave immediately. Danger to your area is current or imminent and you should evacuate immediately. If you choose to ignore this, emergency services may not be available to assist you further. DO NOT delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home. Entry into evacuated areas may be denied until conditions are safe.

If residents need shelter assistance, they may contact the American Red Cross at 1-888-680-1455.

Residents should closely monitor official outlets for additional information. Residents with a landline telephone number may be contacted via an automated emergency notification system from the Sheriff's Office. Call the automated evacuation notification hotline at 1-855-419-2349 for more information. Those who do not have a landline telephone and rely on a cell phone are asked to register their cell phone number to receive potential emergency messages from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. You may register at www.dcso.com/alerts

The BLM issued a temporary closure of public lands around the #HorsePrairieFire and surrounding areas. The affected area includes:
- Cow Creek Scenic Byway from the end of the Douglas County road maintenance (200 block Lower Cow Creek) to the Union Creek Junction (13,000 block of Lower Cow Creek)
- Island Creek Day Use Area (3,000 block Lower Cow Creek Road)
- all other BLM lands in and immediately surrounding the Horse Prairie Fire, roughly boundaried by Olalla Creek, Union Creek, Cow Creek, Beatty Creek and upper Doe Creek.

Private industrial timberland owners have closed their lands in and around the fire as well.

Effective immediately, all unauthorized entry is prohibited. This closure is for all unauthorized entry and is effective immediately. This closure prohibits entry into the described closed area by any means of motorized or non-motorized transportation, to include foot traffic.

PUBLIC FIRE RESTRICTIONS REMINDER

Lands protected by the Douglas Forest Protective Association are currently under extreme fire danger with the following public use restrictions. The use of power saws, mowing dry, cured grass, cutting, welding and grinding, fireworks, exploding targets, sky lanterns and tracer ammunition are currently prohibited. Campfires are only allowed in approved campgrounds. Smoking is only allowed in vehicles on improved roads or designated locations. Vehicles must stay on improved roads and must have a shovel and water or a fire extinguisher. Log on to dfpa.net or https://gisapps.odf.oregon.gov/Firerestrictions/PFR.html for more information.

To stay current on any changes in fire activity, follow us on social media at Facebook.com/horseprairiefire or on the national incident reporting site known as Inciweb.

Horse Prairie Fire grows overnight to 2,500 acres - 08/29/17

CAMAS VALLEY, Ore. -- Night-shift crews on the Horse Prairie Fire reported that the fire was very active overnight, burning an additional 400 acres and bringing the total fire size to about 2,500 acres. Eric Perkins, Night Operations Section Chief for the Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team, said that the conditions were much hotter and dryer on the ridges at 3:00 a.m. than in Camas Valley, roughly eight miles north of the fire. The fire is moving primarily in a south, southeast direction.

In coordination with the fire team, the Douglas County Sheriff's office issued a Level 2 or "Set" evacuation notice for residents living on Lower Cow Creek Road from the end of County Maintenance to Union Creek. This includes residents living on Doe Creek Road. A Level 2, or "Set" evacuation notification means residents must be prepared to leave at a moment's notice. There is significant wildfire danger in the area as a result of the Horse Prairie Fire. Residents are encouraged to voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area. If choosing to remain, residents should be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice. Residents may have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk.

Residents should closely monitor official outlets for additional information. Lastly, residents with a landline telephone number may be contacted via an automated emergency notification system from the Sheriff's Office. That same system can be dialed directly at 1-855-419-2349. Those who do not have a landline telephone and rely on a cell phone are asked to register their cell phone number to receive potential emergency messages from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. You may register at www.dcso.com/alerts

Firefighters hope to take advantage of calmer weather conditions today. Close to 400 personnel are currently assigned to the fire with more crews expected to arrive. Additionally, crews are being supported with 8 helicopters, 9 engines, 14 water tenders and 7 bull dozers.
To stay current on any changes in fire activity, follow us on social media at Facebook.com/horseprairiefire or on the national incident reporting site known as inciweb.

PUBLIC FIRE RESTRICTIONS REMINDER
Lands protected by the Douglas Forest Protective Association are currently under extreme fire danger with the following public use restrictions. The use of power saws, cutting, welding and grinding, fireworks, exploding targets, sky lanterns, tracer ammunition and mowing dry, cured grass are currently prohibited. Campfires are only allowed in approved campgrounds. Smoking is only allowed in vehicles on improved roads or designated locations. Vehicles must stay on improved roads and must have a shovel and water or a fire extinguisher. Log on to dfpa.net or https://gisapps.odf.oregon.gov/Firerestrictions/PFR.html for more information.
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Horse Prairie Fire burns in Douglas County - 08/27/17

ROSEBURG, Ore. - The Horse Prairie Fire started Saturday afternoon 12 miles west of Riddle and eight miles southeast of Camas Valley. Today an Oregon Department of Forestry incident management team takes command of the fire, following briefings by the Douglas Forest Protective Association, which requested the team.

The fire's size is estimated at about 450 acres. The fire is burning on both private industrial forest lands and Bureau of Land Management forest lands, which including stands of young trees, second growth timber and logging slash. No homes are currently threatened by the fire.

Overnight, fire crews from multiple agencies, industrial landowners and logging companies worked on suppression efforts. Crews focused their efforts in creating fire trails around the perimeter of the fire, utilizing bull dozers and hand crews. As of Sunday morning, approximately three quarters of the fire has been trailed. In addition to the wildland fuels burned by the fire, several pieces of logging equipment in a nearby operation were destroyed by the Horse Prairie Fire.

Today, firefighters will work on creating fire trails around the southern edge of the fire, which is currently uncontained. Additional crews will work to improve and secure existing fire trails around the remaining portions of the fire. Fire resources assigned to the Horse Prairie Fire today include 173 firefighters, six water tenders, four bull dozers, one excavator, four type 2 helicopters and one type 3 helicopter.

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the area, due to the predicted hot, dry and unstable atmosphere conditions over the fire. These atmospheric conditions have the potential to influence fire growth on the Horse Prairie Fire or any new fire start.

Safety for both the public and firefighters remains the number one priority. Fire officials are asking the public to stay out of the fire area and be aware of the increase in fire traffic in the Tenmile and Camas Valley areas.
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Oregon Board of Forestry meets Sept. 6 in Salem - 08/25/17

Date: August 25, 2017

Contact: Ken Armstrong, Public Affairs Director, 503-945-7420



The Oregon Board of Forestry will meet in Salem on Sept.6. The meeting is open to the public and a public comment period is on the agenda.

The meeting will begin at 9 a.m., and go through approximately 3:30 p.m., with an Executive Session following and scheduled to end at approximately 5 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Tillamook Room, Administration Building C, at the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters, located at 2600 State St., in Salem.

Agenda items include:
* 2017 Fire Season Update
* Annual Monitoring Update -- Private Forests Division staff will present an update of the Monitoring Unit's work over the previous year, focusing on preliminary results from the 2016 Compliance Audit.
* Coordination to Develop Landscape-Scale Projects that Serve Private Landowners and Advance Restoration on Public Lands -- Private Forests Division staff will provide an overview of programs available to family forest landowners in the context of a larger effort to leverage authorities in the Federal Forest Restoration Program and opportunities to build landscape-level projects that address multiple resource needs across ownerships.
* Forest Trust Lands Advisory Committee Testimony -- Testimony on state forests topics.
* SB 116 -- Veteran's Access Pass Rulemaking -- State Forests Division staff will present information on the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department's Veteran's Special Access Pass Program and Senate Bill 116 (2017), requiring ODF to honor this pass on state forestlands. The pass provides free camping to disabled veterans and active duty military on leave. Staff will ask for direction to begin the rule revision process for rules in Division 25 as needed to ensure effective statutory implementation.
* Trask Paired Watershed Study: Background and Preliminary Findings -- The Trask Paired Watershed Study is examining the effects of timber harvest on aquatic organisms and water quality in both the fishless headwaters and the downstream fish-bearing streams. Principle Investigators will present an overview of the 10-year study completed in 2016, and its preliminary findings, background, and context.
* Forest Health Update -- Insect and Disease Program staff will update the Board on recent trends and occurrences of forest insects, disease, and noxious weeks, focusing on efforts to detect and contain Phytophthora ramorum, the causal agent of sudden oak death, including the EU1 strain of the disease.
* Urban and Community Forestry Future Challenges and Trends in Oregon and Nationwide -- Urban and Community Forestry Program staff will update the Board on the program, including strategies for outreach and survival during the lack of federal funding, cultivating partnerships, invasive pests, and investing in community trees as a tool to improve forest health.
* Executive Session -- The board will meet in executive session to confer with legal counsel regarding the board's rights and duties related to current litigation likely to be filed pursuant to Oregon Revised Statute 192.660(2)(h).

Agenda materials are available at www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/BOFMeetings.aspx.

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 in advance, at 503-945-7200.

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. More information about the Board is available at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/AboutBOF.aspx.

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