In October, Oregon’s State Forester, Marvin Brown, was forced to resign. The Oregon Board of Forestry cited an ‘erosion of confidence’ in Brown. As the former director of forest policy for timber industry giant Willamette Industries, former president of the Society of American Foresters, and current chair of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (the timber industry’s questionable sustainable certification program), Brown came to the position of Oregon State Forester with a long history of involvement in the forest products industry.
Now, the Oregon Department of Forestry is conducting an online survey to find out what the public would like to see in the next State Forester. Will we have someone with a background in forest protection and conservation, or another person closely tied to the timber industry? In an effort to influence the decision, please take five minutes to complete the survey before the December 12 deadline at www.surveymonkey.com/s/DOF.
The State Forester is not only responsible for oversight of the Oregon Forest Practices Act which regulates logging on private forest land, they oversee Oregon’s fire suppression program across millions of acres of private and federal land; manage roughly 800,000 acres of state-owned forests like the Tillamook, Clatsop, Elliott and Santiam State Forests with a host of endangered species issues; and help set the direction for the state’s involvement in federal land management. Not traditionally recognized, the State Forester also oversees forests in western Oregon that are the United States’ largest carbon sinks.
Please take the survey before the December 12 deadline at www.surveymonkey.com/s/DOF.