SALEM - The Committee for Family Forestlands will meet from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Operations Building D, Santiam Room 101, at the Oregon Department of Forestry, 2600 State Street, Salem. The public is invited.

The committee serves as an advisory group to the Oregon Board of Forestry and deals with issues affecting family forestland owners.

A discussion of draft rule language for water protection and riparian functions and nonregulatory recommendations will be continued at the meeting. The draft rules are based primarily on recommendations made by two citizen advisory groups, the Forest Practice Advisory Committee and the Eastside Riparian Functions Advisory Committee. Regional forest practice committees, as well as an ad hoc subcommittee made up of representatives of the regional committees and the Committee for Family Forestlands, have assisted in developing the rule language from concepts that were presented to the Board of Forestry April 25.

The Committee for Family Forestlands will also discuss a proposal to hold another Oregon Family Forstlands Symposium to address issues and concerns faced by family forestland owners.

The first symposium was held at Oregon State University in February 2001. The symposium sought to foster a wider awareness of family forestland owners' concerns, what helps them achieve their goals, what divides them and what draws them together as a first step towards addressing their concerns and improving the climate for good stewardship of these lands.

In addition, Executive Director Mike Gaudern, Oregon Small Woodlands Association, will provide an update on how small woodland owners might benefit from the opportunities to promote traditional and nontraditional forest products through "Brand Oregon." Brand Oregon is the state's marketing effort to 'brand' Oregon as a desirable place not only to visit, but also to live and do business. Forestland owners are increasingly concerned about forestry product competition from abroad and rising forest management productions costs.

Anyone requiring a sign language interpreter, listening device, large print material or other accommodations should contact Gail Barnhart at least two working days in advance at (503) 945-7378 or or by e-mail at (


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