ODF takes a three-legged approach to forest management, according to ODF Public Information Officer Kevin Weeks: supporting the environment, ensuring enough timber is harvested to support counties economically, and preserving the recreational value of Oregon's forestlands.
"We have to take all three of those legs of the stool into account when drafting forest management plans," he
"What we're doing is making sure we meet in the center."
The board has gotten a welcome earful from conservation-minded Clatsop County residents in recent months, Weeks
"A lot of people, especially from Astoria and the Clatsop County area, spoke in support of board taking action to label areas of the Clatsop State Forest as 'High Value Conservation Areas,'" he
said of the July board meeting.
The classification isn't expected to affect projected harvest numbers in the foreseeable future, according to Weeks
"This doesn't designate any new conservation areas in state forest, nor does it affect proposed timber harvest levels set for now," he
"It's basically a designation on maps so people know this area is meant for high-value conservation."
The NCSFC will host an hour-long open house before the public meeting, during which attendees can learn more about the proposed changes, ask questions about the coalition's work, and get assistance in preparing their own testimonials.
An ODF hearings officer will facilitate the public hearing portion of the meeting and be on hand to answer questions, Weeks