Comments Sought on State Forest Management Activities, April 9

OR Dept. of Forestry release – Salem, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Forestry is inviting public comment on planned projects, timber sales and other management activities in state-owned forests in fiscal year 2025. From April 3 through 5 p.m. May 17, Oregonians can weigh in on draft Annual Operations Plans (AOPs) for state forests on the Astoria, Forest Grove, Klamath Falls, North Cascade, Tillamook, West Oregon, and Western Lane Districts. These plans lay out on-the-ground activities expected to take place in the coming fiscal year. State forests by law must provide economic, environmental, and social benefits to Oregonians. To achieve that legal mandate, these lands are managed to create healthy productive forests, high-quality habitat for native fish and wildlife, clean water, timber, revenues to rural communities, and recreation and education opportunities. Overall management policies and management goals are established in long-range Forest Management Plans and Implementation Plans. Annual Operations Plans describe activities to achieve the objectives and goals laid out in the longer-range plans. Common topics in an Annual Operations Plan include: Timber harvest operations; Recreation improvement and maintenance projects; Forest road construction, maintenance, and improvements; Reforestation/replanting and young stand management activities; Habitat improvement for native species; Invasive species management. ODF is seeking input on the draft AOP documents that can be found below. The most useful input speaks to these specific activities and whether they are consistent with longer-range plans, offers suggestions to improve efficiency or effectiveness, corrects errors, provides additional information, and is solution-oriented, understanding that state forests are working forests and by law must provide a variety of economic, environmental, and social benefits. Activities that affect fish and wildlife habitat are reviewed by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, while operations that may affect threatened and endangered fish and wildlife habitat are shared with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The draft AOP documents can be viewed on the State Forests website, under the “Annual Operations Plan” dropdown. ODF is offering several convenient avenues to comment on AOPs: Online comments can be submitted received through ODF’s comments page. Comments can be emailed to: Comments can also be mailed to ODF Public Affairs, 2600 State St., Salem, OR 97310.

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