A meeting of the Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee (FTLAC) originally scheduled for Aug. 23 in Salem has been canceled. The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) said the difficult wildfire season necessitated the cancelation, since nearly all employees are directly or indirectly supporting fire suppression efforts.
The next FTLAC meeting will be held November 8 at the ODF headquarters office in Salem.
Two State Forests-related items will be discussed by the Oregon Board of Forestry when it meets Sept. 4:
1. Update on implementation of the recently amended Forest Land Management Classification System (FLMCS) to incorporate a new conservation category.
2. Update on the process to evaluate and develop an alternative forest management plan for the northwest State Forests including a report-out from a Board of Forestry subcommittee.
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 in which 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.
The FTLAC is made up of seven members representing the 15 counties that have state forest land within their county boundaries. The trust counties include: Benton, Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Douglas, Josephine, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Polk, Tillamook and Washington.