Committee for Family Forestlands to meet October 31st

A discussion on the Clean Water Act amendment, an update about possible streamside buffer rule changes to protect cold water, and seedling availability to support sustainable forestry gives the Committee for Family Forestlands a full agenda next week. The Committee for Family Forestlands will meet from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Friday, October 31 at the Oregon Department of Forestry, Tillamook Room Building C, 2600 State Street, Salem.

Members will learn about possibly re-defining the term “Waters of the United States.” The committee will also review and discuss:
* Riparian Rule Analysis update about the Joint Northwest/Southwest Regional Forest Practices Committee meeting and staff update.
* Seedling availability and production.
* The USFS Blue Mountain Plan.
* Updates from the Eastside Private Forest Collaborative, Forestland Tax Symposium, and Nomination Committees
The Committee welcomes public input at its meetings on all issues related to its work.

The Committee researches policies impacting family forestland viability, resource protection, and forestry benefits. Based on its findings the Committee recommends actions to the Oregon Board of Forestry and State Forester.

The thirteen member committee includes – seven voting and six non-voting members. Voting members include family forest owners, an environmental community representative, a forest products industry representative, and a citizen-at-large public representative. Non-voting ex-officio members may include representatives from the Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon State University, Oregon small forestland groups, forestry-related industry associations, and the Oregon Forest Resources Institute representatives.

Public Meetings
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. For additional information about attending the meeting, accessibility, or special accommodations, please contact Susan Dominique at 503-945-7502. The Committee website can be found at: