Seaside - A debate on statewide ballot Measure 34 is expected to fill the room for this month's forum of the Clatsop County Economic Development Council.

The measure, which would reduce logging in the Clatsop and Tillamook state forests, will be the focus of the forum Sept. 28 at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center, in the Riverview Rooms. Attendance is limited to 80 people, because of fire codes and room occupancy restrictions. Reservations are required and must be made by 2 p.m. Thursday by calling the Clatsop County Community Development Department at 325-8611.

Debating the measure will be proponents Mari Anne Gest, campaign director and chief petitioner, and Lyndon Ruhnke of the Tillamook Rainforest Coalition. Debating in opposition will be Tim Josi, Tillamook County Commissioner, and Bill Lecture, retired forester. Patrick Corcoran, Outreach Coordinator, NOAA Coastal Storms Initiative, with Oregon State University Extension Service (Clatsop County), will be the moderator.

The measure, according to the official ballot explanatory statement, would require the State Board of Forestry "to manage the Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests specifically for the purpose of restoring native old growth forests in half of those two forests. The other half would be managed for sustainable timber and revenue production in a way that is at least as protective as what is required under the current State Forest Management Plan." The measure is on the Nov. 2 general election ballot.

Preceding the forum will be a networking opportunity at 6 p.m. and a lasagna dinner at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $17 per person. The forum, including the business meeting and debate, will begin at 7:15 p.m. There is no charge to attend only the business meeting and debate but reservations are still required.

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