Tuesday, August 13, 2013

State Forester Seeks Applicants for OFRI Board

Oregon State Forester Doug Decker is seeking applications from qualified individuals to serve on the board of directors of the Oregon Forest Resources Institute. OFRI is a state agency dedicated to forestry education and governed by an independent board.

Persons interested in being considered for positions on the OFRI board now or in the future should contact Dan Postrel at the Oregon Department of Forestry, 2600 State St., Salem, Ore., 97310. Completed applications must be postmarked by Aug. 30, 2013.

The state forester appoints 11 of OFRI’s 13 board members. Two other members serve ex officio: the dean of the Oregon State University College of Forestry and a public representative who is appointed jointly by the president of the Oregon Senate and the speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives.

Board representation includes small, medium and large forest products producers that pay a dedicated forest products harvest tax to support OFRI’s programs. The board also contains one member representing small woodland owners and one representing forest sector employees. Board members must be Oregon residents.

Producer class specifications include:
  • Class 1 – Producers of less than 20 million board feet per year
  • Class 2 - Producers of at least 20 million board feet per year, but less than 100 million board feet per year
  • Class 3 – Producers of at least 100 million board feet per year
The small woodland owner representative must own between 100 and 2,000 acres of forestland and have no direct financial interest in any forest-products processing activity.

To learn more about OFRI, visit online at OregonForests.org.