The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) is drafting a new plan to better manage timber harvest, recreation, and wildlife habitat.
They hope the Alternative Forest Management Plan (AFMP) will address budget challenges and bring in more revenue to fund the state forestry division, schools and community service projects. They also are looking to increase conservation while finding ways to increase revenue. Currently, ODF is collecting proposed ideas for the plan from advisory committees. They will host a series of information sessions to discuss the AFMP. ODF's Tony Anderson says he looks forward to the public bringing their input to the discussion table.
Anderson: "It's not a formal hearing process where you have folks sitting at the front of the room and you have audience. This is everyone around the table talking about what they feel and their feelings on forest management in their back yard."
Here is the meeting schedule:
February 26: Astoria: 3-4:30 p.m., Clatsop Community College, 1651 Lexington Ave, Toller Hall, Room 306
February 27: Tillamook: 6-8 p.m., Tillamook Community College, 4301 3rd Street, Room 214/215
March 3: Forest Grove 6-8 p.m., Forest Grove Library, 2114 Pacific Ave.
March 6: Lyons: 6-8 p.m., 22965 North Fork Road SE