Sunday, April 20, 2014

A group of county commissioners representing Oregon counties that in the past deeded forestland to the state for management will meet on Friday, Oct. 19, in Salem. Highlight items on the agenda include:

- State Forest implementation plans - phasing in of timber harvest levels on the Astoria and Forest Grove districts
- WALT (Woods Accounting and Log Tracking) project update
- Legal update - marbled murrelet lawsuit, NEDC vs. Decker

The meeting will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters in the Santiam Room - Building D, 2600 State St., in Salem. FTLAC meetings are open to the public, and an opportunity for public comment will be provided around 10 a.m.

The FTLAC is a legally mandated committee of county commissioners representing counties that deeded lands to the state. The committee advises the Board of Forestry on matters where counties may have a responsibility related to forestland managed by ODF. Planning and policy decisions made by the board and department can affect revenues received by the counties with forest trust lands managed by ODF, which are located in the Tillamook State Forest and elsewhere.

Counties depend on revenue generated from management activities on these lands. The revenue is used primarily for local schools and also helps fund county government and local taxing districts.

FTLAC is made up of seven members that represent the 15 counties that have state forest land within their county boundaries. The 15 trust counties include: Benton, Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Douglas, Josephine, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Polk, Tillamook and Washington.

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