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Forestry board to discus lumber trends, resilience

The Oregon Board of Forestry meets Jan. 4-5 in sessions that will be offered for both in-person attendance and virtually.

The board meets at 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 4, hosts a social at 5:30 p.m. and meets again from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 5. 

The meetings will be held in the Tillamook Room in Building C at Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters at 2600 State Street in Salem. The social is at the Putnam Center at Willamette University. The meetings will be livestreamed on the ODF’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/c/OregonDepartmentofForestry/live.

On the agenda are discussions of Oregon’s landscape resilience strategy, log and lumber market trends and the upcoming 2023 Legislature session.

The board also will honor its three regional forest practices operators of the year. The individuals were selected by regional committees earlier in the fall, with the announcement held at the board meeting. 

The winners were Eastern Oregon – Chuck Sarrett of Full Circle Consulting of La Grande; Northwest Oregon – Mike Falleur of F and B Logging of Warrenton;  Southwest Oregon – Bobby King of R and R King Logging of Florence.

The award recognizes forest operators who, while harvesting timber or doing other forestry work, protect natural resources at a level that consistently meets or goes above and beyond requirements of the Oregon Forest Practices Act. 

That law requires forest products firms to manage forests responsibly and protect streams and water quality, protect and enhance habitat, and reduce landslide risks. The law also requires landowners to replant forests after harvesting.

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