Reminder! September 16: Meeting on developing a Habitat Conservation Plan for western Oregon’s state forests 

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The Oregon Department of Forestry invites you to a virtual meeting open to the public on Wednesday, September 16 to learn more about a Habitat Conservation Plan for state forestlands west of the Cascades. Due to COVID-19 exposure concerns, this will be a virtual-only meeting to ensure everyone’s health and welfare.
As part of the stakeholder engagement process, we invite you to this meeting to hear updates on the Western Oregon HCP effort, ask questions and provide your perspectives, and speak with agencies, staff, and others involved in the effort. The meeting will be an opportunity to:
  • Hear updates on the development of the draft HCP
  • Hear and discuss updates on the HCP Conservation Strategy
  • Learn about the information that will be presented to the Board of Forestry in October to help the Board make a decision whether to move forward with an HCP

This meeting is one of many opportunities to engage in the HCP and is meant to provide an update on the progress of HCP development. Please note that the Elliott State Forest is not part of this process because it is no longer managed by ODF.
Date and Time: Wednesday, September 16 from 1-4:30 p.m. The meeting will include:
Please RSVP: This meeting is open to the public and is primarily intended for those with an interest in management of Oregon’s forests. We ask that you please RSVP for this meeting.
  • For quality audio, please call-in from your phone using the following call-in information:
  • Dial: +1 669 900 6833
  • Meeting ID: 971 0709 8675
Webinar Recording: A post-meeting recording will be posted on the ODF YouTube channel.
Background:
Oregon’s state forests provide habitat for a variety of species, including some listed as endangered or threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act. An HCP can serve as a more holistic and cost-effective way to comply with the Endangered Species Act. The Board of Forestry has directed the ODF to consider an HCP. ODF is currently underway with the HCP process, in collaboration with technical and policy guidance from other state and federal agencies. ODF is seeking public and stakeholder engagement throughout this process to learn how the HCP may affect Oregon communities, economies, and the environment.
More information: More information is available online at the ODF website.