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ODF hosting meeting on new Lyons office complex

The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) will be rebuilding its complex in Lyons. Previous structure that burned to the ground in the 2020 wildfires.

The North Cascades District headquarters currently is using modular buildings on the same site along Highway 22. The complex is not open to the public. Members of the public with ODF business must go to the office in Stayton in the former NORPAC building on West Washington Street. 

The ODF has scheduled a public meeting from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12, at the Santiam Valley Grange Hall, 1140 Fifth St., in Lyons to discuss the new complex. 

Those attending will hear about the concepts and ideas being developed for the new Santiam office, which will be open to the public. ODF staff and members of the Portland architectural firm, LRS Architects, will be on hand to walk participants through the planning process.

Tim Hoffman, a public affairs spokesman for the ODF, told The Canyon Weekly that “there were earlier plans about combining the Lyons facility and the Molalla ODF offices in a new central location. However, after the public involvement process with people wishing to have local/current access to an ODF office and other cost factors, ODF decided to keep both offices in their current locations.   

“The destroyed Lyons office will be replaced.  Other statewide ODF facility upgrades, as always, are dependent on funding and need.”

Seating for the Lyons session is limited and interested parties should RSVP to [email protected] by Monday, June 10.

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