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Public Comment Period Open on 2013 Coos District Forest Plan
The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) invites the public to comment on a proposed amended annual operations plan to guide management of state-owned forests in ODF’s Coos District, which includes the Elliott State Forest. The 45-day comment period begins on November 26, 2012.
A majority of timber sales identified in the approved Coos District fiscal year 2013 plan were deferred during 2012 due to issues connected with a lawsuit, pending in U.S. District Court, regarding marbled murrelet habitat.
In order to meet responsibilities under the Oregon Constitution to provide revenue to the state’s Common School Fund, ODF staff have identified six additional timber sales in the Elliott State Forest that are not impacted by issues raised in the lawsuit. These six sales are proposed to be added to the Coos District operating plan for fiscal year 2013, which began July 1, 2012.
The additional proposed sales are anticipated to provide 9.8 million board-feet of timber for the current fiscal year, and an estimated $2.48 million in net revenue for schools and county services in Oregon. As proposed, the modified plan would authorize a total of almost 14 million board-feet of timber, and $3.8 million in revenue.
The proposed amended Coos District annual operations plan, and the documents supporting the proposed changes, have been posted on the ODF web site:
Annual operations plans for ODF districts identify and describe specific projects pertinent to the economic, environmental and social aspects of managing state lands, such as timber sales, road maintenance, stream enhancement and recreation.
Comments and questions on the plan may be sent to ODF in any of the following ways:
* Through the comment link on the web site
* Email to: email@example.com
* Fax to: (541) 269-2027, Attn: Norma Kline
* Postal mail to: Norma Kline, Oregon Dept. of Forestry Coos District, 63612 Fifth Road, Coos Bay OR 97420.
The public comment period runs through January 9, 2013.
The ODF Coos District oversees management of 95,273 acres of state forestland, primarily the 93,000 acre Elliott State Forest in Coos and Douglas counties. Ninety-one percent of the Elliott State Forest (84,562 acres) is part of the Common School Fund real estate portfolio, with a constitutional mandate to generate revenues for K-12 schools.