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Northwest State Forest Management Plan Revision Informational Meeting Set For August 24 - 08/10/18

SALEM, Ore - The Oregon Department of Forestry will host an informational meeting concerning the ongoing Northwest State Forest Management Plan revision at 1:30 p.m. Friday, August 24, in Salem.

The meeting will be held in the Tillamook Room at ODF's Salem headquarters, Building C, 2600 State St. It is intended to inform members of the public about the status of the Forest Management Plan revision project.

State Forest Management Plans establish the goals and direction to manage state forests, which are sustainably managed to provide environmental, social and economic benefits to all Oregonians. By law, the majority of revenue generated from state forests must be distributed to counties and schools and used to provide public services. Information regarding the Forest Management Plan revision will be posted at https://www.oregon.gov/ODF/AboutODF/Pages/Initiatives.aspx

This meeting is open to the public. Questions about accessibility or special accommodations can be directed to the Oregon Department of Forestry at 503-945-7200.

County forestry advisory group meets August 24 - 08/10/18

SALEM, Ore – The Forest Trust Lands Advisory Committee will meet Friday, August 24 at 9:30 a.m. at the Oregon Department of Forestry Salem headquarters, Tillamook Room, Building C, 2600 State St. Items on the committee’s agenda include comments from State Forester Peter Daugherty and Board Chair Tom Imeson, as well as the following topics.

  • State Forests Resource Assessment
  • Habitat Conservation Plan Update

Committee members will also formulate the committee’s testimony for the upcoming Board of Forestry meeting on September 5, 2018. The meeting agenda will be posted on the department’s web site at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/FTLAC.aspx.

This meeting is open to the public. Questions about accessibility or special accommodations can be directed to the Oregon Department of Forestry at 503-945-7200.

The Forest Trust Lands Advisory Committee is comprised of seven county commissioners representing 15 Oregon counties where state forestlands are located. The FTLAC is a statutorily established committee that advises the Board of Forestry on matters related to forestland managed by ODF.

Oregon National Guard members activated to assist in Garner Complex firefighting efforts in southwest Oregon - 07/31/18

Salem, Ore. – 147 members of the Oregon National Guard and Air National Guard are preparing to travel to the Graves Creek Fire, part of the Garner Complex in southwest Oregon, to assist in firefighting efforts.

The Oregon National Guard and Air National Guard members will head out later in the week. They have already been trained thanks to federal funding through Oregon’s congressional delegation.

“Our Oregon National Guardsmen consider it an honor to serve their state in its time of need and assist our partners in fighting wildfires,” said Chris Ingersoll, spokesman for the Oregon National Guard.

Gov. Kate Brown’s Proclamation of State of Emergency Due to Imminent Threat of Wildfire paved the way for the National Guard to proactively make members available to help in this already-extreme fire season.

“We appreciate the Oregon National Guard and Gov. Brown for this much-needed added capacity. Our long-standing partnership has, once again, proven its value at a time of high demand for firefighting resources in Oregon and nationally,” said Nancy Hirsch, deputy state forester for the Oregon Department of Forestry.

Stewardship Coordinating Committee will meet August 8 - 07/31/18

SALEM, Ore. – The State Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee will meet Wednesday, August 8, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Tillamook Room, Building C, Oregon Department of Forestry Salem Headquarters, 2600 State Street.

The committee will discuss the following topics:

  • Updates from the Private Forests Division
  • Forest Legacy Program FY 2020 Applicant Presentations
  • Community Forests Program updates
  • Forest Stewardship Program updates.

 

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 State Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee advises the State Forester on policy and procedures for the U.S. Forest Service State and Private Forestry Programs, such as Forest Legacy and Forest Stewardship. The committee consists of representatives from state and federal natural resource agencies, private forest landowners, consulting foresters, and forest industry and conservation organizations. You can find more information at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/SCC.aspx.

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ODF declares extreme fire danger for western Lane County and parts of northern Douglas County - 07/24/18

VENETA, Ore. – Due to prolonged extreme heat and dry conditions, the Oregon Department of Forestry has raised the fire danger level in western Lane County and parts of northwest Douglas County that it protects to extreme (red), beginning Wednesday, July 25. The parts of eastern Lane County and southern Linn County that ODF protects are already at the extreme fire danger level.

The use of gas-powered equipment for general public use is prohibited at all times, with the exception of mowing well-irrigated green grass lawns. 

Campfires are also prohibited throughout the district, even in areas where they we previously allowed.

“We are well aware that we all have projects or maintenance to do on our properties, but now is the time to take a break and enjoy the summer without the risk of starting a fire by burning backyard debris or building a campfire,” said Dave Kjosness of the Western Lane District.  “We encourage the public to continue to think about safety first.  We’d rather see you at the lake than at the perimeter of a fire.”

For updates on fire season and the fire danger levels in the Western Lane District, the public may call the district’s Veneta office at 541-935-2222 or check the district’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ODFWesternLane/.

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