The NW Oregon and SW Oregon Regional Forest Practices Committees (RFPC) have announced a joint meeting of the two groups for February 9 in Eugene.
Regional Forest Practices Committees are panels of citizens – mandated under Oregon law - that advise the Oregon Board of Forestry on current forestry issues and forest management approaches. Three Regional Forest Practices Committees, serving the Northwest, Southwest and Eastern regions of the state, were created within the Oregon Forest Practices Act in 1971. Under Oregon law, a majority of Regional Forest Practices Committees members are private forest landowners and logging or forest operations companies.
The joint meeting of the Northwest/Southwest Oregon Regional Forest Practices Committees is scheduled for Thursday, February 9 at the Lane Community College -- Center for Meeting & Learning, 4000 East 30th Avenue in Eugene. The location on the LCC campus is Building 19, Second Floor in Room 220.
The meeting is tentatively scheduled to run from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm with a public comment period scheduled near the start of the meeting.
The agenda for the meeting is scheduled to include:
-- Reports on the Restoration Plan for the Private Forests Program, including updates on two components mandated by the Oregon Legislature -- establishment of a compliance audit program regarding Forest Practices Act standards, and establishing a program to review the effectiveness and efficiency of the Forest Practices Act.
-- Reports on the Board of Forestry’s direction to begin an evaluation of riparian protection standards for small and medium fish-bearing streams, and the rulemaking process to implement 2011 House Bill 2165.
-- Updates from Private Forests Division staff on other current regulatory topics.
Members of the public may attend the meeting. The meeting location 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 prior to the meeting. Questions about accessibility or special accommodations for the meeting can be directed to the Oregon Department of Forestry at 503-945-7502.
Oregon’s forests are among one of the state’s most valued resources, providing a balanced mix of environmental, economic and social benefits.
Additional information about ODF’s Regional Forest Practices Committees is available on the Oregon Department of Forestry’s web site.