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Public can help create healthy forests, protect wildlife, provide benefits to rural communities

The Oregon Department of Forestry is inviting public comment on planned projects, timber sales and other management activities for fiscal year 2021.

Oregonians can weigh in on the annual Operations Plans for state forests, which lay out on-the-ground activities expected to take place.

The ultimate goal is to create healthy forests, high-quality habitats for native fish and wildlife, clean water, benefits and revenues to rural communities and timber-related economies, and recreation and educational opportunities.

The draft that is seeking input can be viewed online at www.oregon.gov/ODF/Working/Pages/StateForests.aspx

Common topics 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

The Department of Forestry said the most useful input looks at whether activities are consistent with long-range plans, suggestions to improve efficiency or effectiveness, corrects errors, provides additional information, and offers solutions. Activities that affect fish and wildlife habitat are reviewed by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, while operations that may influence threatened and endangered species are shared with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

- An online survey can be found at forms.gle/HCfsq9Je9TVXrJ2Y9

- Online comments can also be made at www.oregon.gov/ODF/AboutODF/Pages/Comment.aspx

- Send any comments by mail to ODF Public Affairs, 2600 State St., Salem, OR, 97310


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