OR Dept. of Forestry release – SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Board of Forestry will meet on Oct. 18 and 19 for a planning retreat. The annual retreat offers the board and department leadership to connect with the nine federally recognized tribes of Oregon and explore tribal engagement in a government-to-government space. No public comment or testimony will be accepted during the retreat. The public can attend in-person at Jackson County Health & Human Services Building, 2nd floor Conference room, 140 S. Holly St., Medford, OR 97501 or observe both days of the retreat via a livestream on the department’s YouTube page. During this informal annual retreat, board members will continue their work on creating the next generation Vision for Oregon’s Forests, formerly Forestry Program for Oregon (FPFO). They will focus on: Strategic planning document for policy decisions; Review of the board policy manual draft; Discussion of the 2024 meeting calendar, cadence, and reflection on 2023 events; View the agenda and retreat details. On Oct. 18, as part of the planning retreat, the department will host an evening community spotlight and board social to bring together collaborative partners to discuss fire management and landscape resiliency in Southwest Oregon. This informal event is open to the public and can be attended in-person at the gardens of the Voorhies Mansion, 2310 Voorhies Rd., Medford, OR 97501. An RSVP is not required, but a courtesy as spacing and parking is limited. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Accommodations for people with disabilities, and special materials, services, or assistance can be arranged by calling ODF’s Public Affairs Office at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting at 503-945-7200 or by email at email@example.com.