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Open house on possible Habitat Conservation Plan in state forests set for March 21 - 03/12/19

SALEM, Ore. - The Oregon Department of Forestry is hosting a public kick-off meeting on Thursday, March 21, providing an opportunity to learn more about a potential Habitat Conservation Plan for state forestlands west of the Cascades.

The Western Oregon HCP Kick-Off Meeting is an opportunity for interested parties to learn about the HCP process and timeline, meet the agencies and other stakeholders engaged in the effort, ask questions and provide comments. This event is open to the public. Information available will include the timeline and milestones, species being considered for HCP coverage, and how agencies and stakeholders can be involved in the process. This meeting is the first of many anticipated future opportunities to engage in the HCP and is meant as a high-level overview and introduction to the process. Please note that the Elliott State Forest, which is no longer managed by ODF, is not part of this process.

  • Date: Thursday, March 21
  • Time: 1 – 3 p.m. meeting, followed by an informal meet-n-greet from 3–4 p.m. with the project team.
  • Where: Broadway Commons, 1300 Broadway St. NE, Salem OR 97301
  • RSVP: In-person attendance is encouraged. A link to view the presentation and listen to meeting audio online will be posted on the HCP project page.

Please RSVP: This meeting is open to the public and primarily intended for those with an interest in management of Oregon’s forests. RSVP is requested.

Background: Oregon’s state forests provide habitat for a variety of species, including some listed as endangered or threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act. An HCP can serve as a more holistic and cost-effective way to comply with the Endangered Species Act. The Board of Forestry has directed ODF to consider an HCP. ODF is currently underway with the HCP process, in collaboration with technical and policy guidance from other state and federal agencies. ODF is also seeking stakeholder engagement in this early phase of HCP consideration. 

Accommodations for persons with disabilities and special materials, services, or assistance can be arranged by calling ODF's Public Affairs office at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting at 503-945-7200.

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