Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Eastern Oregon Regional Forest Practices Committee will meet May 25 in LaGrande

Contact:
Nick Hennemann, Public Affairs Specialist, Salem, 503-910-4311
Kyle Abraham, Deputy Chief Private Forests Division, Salem, 503-945-7473

SALEM, Ore.—The Eastern Oregon Regional Forest Practices Committee will meet Thursday, May 25.

Time:     9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Place:    Oregon Department of Forestry office, 611 20th Street, LaGrande.

Topics the committee will receive updates about and discuss include:
  • The department generally and related legislative work
  • The compliance audit report
  • The E-Notify subscriber project
  • The Eastern Oregon and Siskiyou streamside protection review
  • Industrial fire prevention rule revisions
  • The incentives program
  • Forest health
This is a public meeting, everyone is welcome. The meeting space 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 before the meeting. For more information about attending the meeting please contact Susan Dominique at 503-945-7502.

Regional Forest Practice committees are panels of citizens, mandated under Oregon law, that advise the Board of Forestry on current forestry issues and forest management approaches. Three Regional Forest Practice committees serve the Eastern, Northwest and Southwest regions of the state. They were created by the Oregon Forest Practices Act in 1971. Under Oregon law, a majority of Regional Forest Practice committee members are private forest landowners and logging or forest operations companies. You can find more information at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/RFPC.aspx.

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The Oregon Department of Forestry was founded in 1911. Today, it serves Oregonians by protecting, managing, and promoting stewardship of Oregon's forests to enhance environmental, economic, and community sustainability. ODF directly manages 800,000 acres of state-owned forestland, including the Clatsop, Santiam, and Tillamook forests in northwest Oregon and the Gilchrist and Sun Pass State forests east of the Cascades. The department’s top priority is to provide fire protection on 16.2 million acres of private and public land. The 13th State Forester is Peter Daugherty, selected by the Board of Forestry in 2016.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

B & M Timber nominated for Eastern Oregon Regional Operator of the Year Award

B & M Timber from Burns, Oregon (Brad Clemens) has been nominated for the Eastern Oregon Regional Operator of The Year Award. Each year, the Oregon Department of Forestry selects an outstanding operator from each of the three regions for this award.

B & M Timber’s work has consistently exceeded the Forest Practices Act and Forest Practice rules. Their work has demonstrated the ability to handle difficult circumstances, innovation, and extra effort to consistently produce outstanding results.

On October 26st a committee consisting of Oregon Department of Forestry employees toured five job sites that B & M Timber had recently completed on private property located within the Canyon Creek Fire. These sites were salvaged logged due to the intensity of the fire along Canyon Creek. The committee also visited sites in Baker County. An announcement will be made in December on which nominee will receive the 2016 Eastern Oregon Operator of the year award.

B & M Timber’s nomination was submitted by Kirk Ausland , Stewardship Forester, from the Central Oregon District of the Oregon Department of Forestry in John Day.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Stewardship Forester Elden Ward Retires


Elden Ward with his badge mounted on his retirement plaque.



Elden Ward has been a Stewardship Forester for the Prineville Unit of the Central Oregon District for nearly fifteen years.  Elden retired today, and stated his only regret was "Not coming to work for ODF sooner".  Elden will be missed by his "ODF Family" and the landowners he helped each day.


Kristin Dodd (Prineville Unit Forester) with Elden.
Fly fishing tops Elden's plans for retirement, but he also mentioned "doing some forestry stuff".  So it is likely we will see him around!