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Forestry department invites comment on draft revised forest management plan for Western Oregon state forests - 12/02/19

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Forestry today released its draft Western Oregon State Forest Management Plan for public comment and review.

The plan revision, which kicked off in 2018, is intended to increase financial and conservation outcomes on the approximately 613,000 acres of Board of Forestry land covered under the plan. This includes the Tillamook, Clatsop, and Santiam state forests along with scattered parcels throughout western Oregon. Public comment on the plan will be accepted through Jan. 31, 2020.

The draft plan, along with supporting documentation, can be found at https://www.oregon.gov/ODF/AboutODF/Pages/FMP-revision.aspx. A convenient online survey regarding the draft plan can be found at https://arcg.is/1rz8uS. Comments can be sent via email at odf.sfcomments@oregon.gov, submitted through the ODF website, or mailed to ODF Public Affairs, 2600 State St., Salem OR 97310.

Additionally, an introduction and question-and-answer session on the revised plan is set for 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4 at Broadway Commons (China Room), 1300 Broadway St. NE, Salem 97301. The presentation will be at approximately 9 a.m., with Q&A session following and extending into the afternoon as needed.

By law, state forests are managed for Greatest Permanent Value, providing economic, environmental and social benefits over time and across the landscape. The revised plan still seeks to achieve this balance and is not expected to significantly increase harvest levels. It seeks to improve upon these outcomes by addressing issues that are unaddressed or underemphasized in the current plan. Examples include:

  • Anticipating key impacts of climate change – such as worsened tree disease, more severe fires and replanting failures – and possible ways to keep state forests resilient and productive in the face of a hotter, drier climate
  • Encourages durable, longer-term conservation areas in state forests with a goal of 30 percent of the forest having a variety of plant species and ages present
  • Encourages reinvestment in the Tillamook State Forest, addressing large areas of diseased Douglas fir, lingering soil productivity problems resulting from the Tillamook Burn, and large areas with underproductive alder tree stands with little market value

 

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