SALEM - The Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee will meet Friday to discuss the Oregon Department of Forestry budget, legislation affecting ODF and the harvest modeling project.

The meeting will be held at the ODF operations building, 2600 State St., in room 101 from noon to 4 p.m. FTLAC meetings are open to the public. An opportunity for public comment is provided at 1 p.m.

The committee also will hear an update on the Tillamook Forest Center and discuss a FTLAC work plan for 2004.

FTLAC is a legally mandated committee of county commissioners representing counties that in the past deeded lands to the state. The committee advises the governing Board of Forestry on matters where counties may have a responsibility related to forest land managed by ODF. Counties depend on revenue generated from management activities on these lands.

About $40 million in annual revenue - earmarked for 15 counties - comes from timber sales on county forest trust lands. The revenue is used primarily for local schools, and also helps fund county government and local taxing districts.

Planning and policy decisions made by the BOF and ODF can affect the revenue levels received by the counties with forest trust lands managed by ODF.

FTLAC is made up of seven members who represent the 15 counties that have state forest land within their county boundaries. Counties with forest trust lands include Benton, Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Douglas, Josephine, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Polk, Tillamook and Washington.

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