ADVOCACY ALERT – State Forest Advisory Committee Opening

The State Forest Advisory Committee(SFAC) has an opening with applications due by February 7th.

If you’ve ever wanted to get involved in advocacy and representing mountain biking and other recreational interests this is a great way to do it! It’s a relatively low commitment of 4 meetings per year, most of them in Salem with one field trip somewhere to be determined. You’ll learn how Oregon State Forests are managed, what operational concerns the Oregon Department of Forestry deals with, and have a seat at the table to have what you care about heard. 

If you might be interested but are on the fence and want to talk with someone about it email us at advocacy@nw-trail.org

The press release from ODF is below. 

BE PART OF THE STATE FORESTS CONVERSATION: ADVISORY COMMITTEE SEEKS MEMBERS

Salem, Ore. — A committee advising Oregon Department of Forestry staff on forest operations, projects and activities is currently seeking applications to fill a vacancy.

Formed in 2001, the State Forests Advisory Committee provides input on the implementation of the Northwest Oregon State Forest Management Plan. The committee represents a diverse range of forestry interests and serves as a forum to discuss agency opportunities for achieving forest management goals in these areas.

The committee specifically covers issues related to ODF district Annual Operations Plans, best practices for balancing a range of forest benefits, strategies for improving public outreach and participation, and other technical forest management topics.

ODF is seeking applicants to fill a non-affiliated position on the advisory board. The new member will serve a three-year term beginning in March 2020.

“This is an opportunity for Oregonians to take a seat at the table of today’s forestry conversation and provide insight and perspectives on how we are implementing the forest management plan. We look forward to hosting a diverse and experienced committee in the coming months,” said Andy White, Northwest Oregon Area Director for the Oregon Department of Forestry.

SFAC members attend three meetings per year and a summer field tour, and agendas are usually scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.   

To apply, complete a questionnaire by Feb. 7, 2020 and submit to April Davis at the Oregon Department of Forestry by email to april.r.davis@oregon.gov or mail to 801 Gales Creek Road, Forest Grove, OR 97116.

For specific questions about the committee, please contact Andy White at 503-359-7496 or andrew.t.white@oregon.gov. Additional SFAC background information can be found here (http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/SFAC.aspx).