OSU Offers Public Meetings About Forest Plans

Oregon State University’s College of Forestry will host two public information sessions about its forest management plans. The university owns 10 research forests, including the McDonald-Dunn forest.

The first session is slated for this Wednesday, August 29, from 5:30 to 7pm, at The Clubhouse in Adair Village, 6097 NE Ebony Lane. The second session will be at the OSU Memorial Union, Multipurpose Room 13, and it’s scheduled for Tuesday, October 1, from 2 to 3:30 pm.

What to Expect If You Go

Each session will start with an overview by the college regarding its research forests, and an update on the college’s process to create an overall mission, vision, and goals for its research forests and a timeline to create individual forest management plans. Afterwards, the college is welcoming the public to ask questions, and to make comments.

“We invite all members of the public and university community to participate in the sessions,” said Interim Dean Anthony S. Davis in a release from the university. “Our new management plans will reflect the many values for which the research forests are managed and will allow the public to track progress toward meeting multiple forestry and college objectives over the lifetime of the plans.”

Sessions Could Have a Long Lasting Effect

These sessions begin a larger process that will lead to a new individual forest management plan for the 11,500-acre McDonald and Dunn Forests.

OSU owns a network of 10 research forests spread throughout Oregon, totaling over 15,000 acres. The forests receive over 150,000 recreation user visits each year and are used by the university for teaching, research, demonstration, and outreach education. Revenue from forest timber sales support the college’s teaching, research and outreach efforts while fully funding research forest operations and recreation work.

“These information sessions will help inform decision-making by the college, and are part of ongoing communication and transparency inherent in the college’s operations,” said Forestry Interim Dean Anthony S. Davis

The college says the last McDonald and Dunn forests management plan was adopted in 2005 and suspended in 2009 during the economic downturn.

By Andy Thompson