Fact-finding Mission: Management of Dry-side Forests for Fire Resiliency
Restoring the fire resiliency and health of the dry fire-dependent forests on federal lands in central and eastern Oregon is one of the most important policy issues facing Oregonians. Restoration involves local, state and federal groups from the public and private sectors working together to achieved a shared vision on our federal forests. Forest collaboratives are playing a major role in helping federal land managers achieve outcomes that are supported by the many groups interested in these lands and forests. The Deschutes Collaborative Forest Project is a unique set of individuals and organizations from throughout central Oregon who are working together with the Deschutes National Forest to restore the health and fire-resiliency of the Deschutes. On Friday, October 11, the Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI) board of directors will host a fact-finding mission to help elected officials and other key policy influencers better understand the links between forest collaboratives and active management to restore forest health and fire-resiliency. During the day-long event, participants will get a primer on fire in Oregon’s forests and the restoration of dry fire-dependent forests, visit the West Bend Project on the Deschutes National Forest to see and learn about restoration treatments designed to address fire resiliency. The group will hear a lunch time panel discussion about local markets and products to make forest restoration pay. The group will visit Phil’s Trail, a major mountain biking area on the westside of Bend and learn about outreach that has been conducted with local recreationists. The group will also learn about smoke management, public health concerns from smoke and the impacts of wildfire on tourism. Finally there will be a discussion of the state of Oregon’s role in accelerating the pace and scale of restoration on federal lands. An optional evening reception on Thursday, October 10, will offer the chance to hear about the Deschutes Collaborative Forest Project's public outreach program and a formal evaluation of its impact and effectiveness with the public of Central Oregon. The Ethics Commission has approved making the fact-finding mission available to all Oregon legislators, including meals, lodging, parking and travel on the bus. OFRI will furnish copies of these approvals to all registrants for whom they apply. The tour begins at 8:00 a.m. Friday with check-in at the Riverhouse Convention Center, where free parking is available. The chartered tour bus will return to the Riverhouse at approximately 3:15 p.m. The optional reception and dinner will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at Riverhouse. On behalf of the OFRI board, I hope you will take the time to join us on this fact-finding mission. If you have any questions about the registration process, please contact Kathy Storm: firstname.lastname@example.org or 971-673-2953. This tour is made possible through a grant from the USDA Forest Service.
3075 North Highway 97 , Deschutes South Room
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