SENATE COMMITTEE ON

AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES

 

 

March 24, 2003                                                                                                       Hearing Room B

8:00 AM                                                                                                                      Tapes  46 - 49

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen. Frank Shields, Chair

Sen. Bill Fisher

 

MEMBER EXCUSED:          Sen. Roger Beyer, Vice-Chair

Sen. Tony Corcoran

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Judith Callens, Committee Administrator

Patricia Nielsen, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:           SB 430 – Public Hearing

SB 699 – Public Hearing

 

These minutes are in compliance with Senate and House Rules.  Only text enclosed in quotation marks reports a speaker’s exact words.  For complete contents, please refer to the tapes.

 

TAPE/#

Speaker

Comments

TAPE 46, A

004

Chair Shields

Calls meeting to order at 8:05 a.m. and opens public hearing on SB 430 and SB 699.

SB 430 and SB 699 – PUBLIC HEARING

015

Judith Callens

Committee Administrator.  Presents overview of SB 430, which directs the State Forester to manage 50 percent of the Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests with a goal of protecting non-consumptive uses.  Presents overview of SB 699, which directs the State Forestry Department to develop a plan to harvest the Tillamook State Forest on a 40-year schedule.

100

Ross Holloway

State Forests Program Director, Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF).  Presents overview of state forest land management.  Presents slide show and submits written testimony (EXHIBITS A, B).

165

Holloway

Continues and discusses background of Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests:

·         Definition of state forest lands

·         Discussion of greatest permanent value

·         Direction for management – Northwest Oregon State Forests Management Plan

·         Scope of management plan

·         Status of forests today

·         Recent management history

·         Planning process

·         Public involvement opportunities

265

Holloway

Continues discussing forest management plan:

·         Academic and scientific review by peer review, independent scientific review and Independent Multi-disciplinary Science Team (IMST)

·         Structure-based management, moving away from age-based management

·         Alternative approaches modeled

TAPE 47, A

005

Holloway

Continues and summarizes features of the forest management plan.

055

Janet McLennan

Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust.  Provides background of Tillamook Forest management.  Discusses genesis of the greatest permanent value rule.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT C).

155

McLennan

Continues discussing forest management.  Testifies in opposition to SB 430 and SB 699.

235

Howard Sohn

Chair, Board of Forestry; private timber company, Roseburg.  Testifies in opposition to SB 430 and SB 699.  Discusses Board responsibilities to counties to safeguard environmental and habitat values, promote economic and social contribution to families, and protect forests from threat of fire and disease.  Disagrees with proponents’ focus and explains the management plan must take into consideration all values. 

335

Sohn

Continues and discusses how the Board of Forestry has drawn a balanced plan for a healthy and productive forest over time.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT D).

TAPE 46, B

010

Hal Salwasser

Dean of College of Forestry, Oregon State University (OSU).  Testifies in opposition to SB 430 and SB 699.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT E).  Discusses role of state forests in the context of forest management.  Describes three strategies for management:

·         Reserve

·         Wood production

·         Multi-resource

085

Tim Josi

Tillamook County Commissioner.  Testifies in opposition to SB 430 and SB 699.  Provides written material (EXHIBIT F).

185

Josi

Continues and discusses background of county trust lands.

300

Paul Hanneman

Tillamook County Commissioner.  Testifies in opposition to SB 430.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT G).

370

Charles Hurliman

Tillamook County Commissioner.  Testifies in opposition to SB 430.  Submits written materials (EXHIBITS H, I).

TAPE 47, B

005

Guido Rahr

Chair, Tillamook Rainforest Coalition.  Testifies in support of SB 430.  Submits written materials (EXHIBITS J, K, L, M).

095

Sybil Ackerman

Audubon Society of Portland (ASP).  Testifies in support of SB 430.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBITS N, O, P).  Discusses current status and makes 3 points:

·       50% proposal avoids conflict if species are located in same areas where logging might be done

·       Different from state forest management plan because requires half of forest be subject to restorative logging

·       SB 430 is not locking up 50% of state forest

135

Dick Schouten

Washington County Commissioner.  Testifies in support of SB 430.  Testifies in opposition to SB 699.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT Q).

195

Phil Ruder

Professor of Economics, Pacific University, Forest Grove.  Testifies in support of SB 430.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT R).

350

Walt Socha

Washington County resident.  Testifies in support of SB 430.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT S). 

TAPE 48, A

005

Mike Propes

Polk County Commissioner.  Testifies in opposition to SB 430 and SB 699.  Advises the counties which continued to manage their own trust lands have more revenue than those managed by the state.

020

Mark Rasmussen

Forest Economist.  Testifies in opposition to SB 430.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT T).  Addresses timber harvest in three trust counties.

095

Propes

Comments that counties already have given up a lot, and are not willing to give up any more.  Points out the timber harvest revenue is needed.

130

Bob Rees

Fishing Guide, Tillamook County.  Testifies in favor of SB 490.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT U).  Urges change to the management plan to preserve wild fish.  Supports Tillamook Rainforest Coalition position.

200

Bill Steen

Salem angler, speaking for anglers who fish in Tillamook County.  Testifies in favor of SB 490.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT V).  Supports Coalition plan which will give wild fish necessary buffer zones to protect habitat.

250

Ron Larson

Businessman, surveyor, Neahkahnie School Board chair.  Testifies in opposition to SB 430.  Argues the State Forest Management Plan is sound and balanced.

350

Jay Kosik

Neahkahnie School District superintendent.  Testifies in opposition to SB 430 and SB 699:

·       The State Forest Management Plan is the result of hard work

·       Revenue from timber sales is an important support for the county schools and families

·       Annual revenue would be 40-50% of what they now receive

TAPE 49, A

005

Chair Shields

Asks how long he has lived in Tillamook.

010

Kosik

Responds two years, formerly with Molalla school district.

020

Troy Horton

Chair, Long Range Planning, Fishhawk Lake Association.  Testifies in support of SB 430.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT W).  Describes detrimental effect on lake environment and watershed of logging in the area.  Disagrees that State Forest Management Plan is a balanced approach.

165

Joe Meyer

Tillamook County, local and regional water districts.  Testifies in opposition to SB 430.  Provides written testimony (EXHIBIT X).

205

Barbara McLaughlin

Wheeler, Oregon.  Testifies in support of SB 430.

245

Gareth Ferdun

Tillamook County resident.  Testifies in support of SB 430.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT Y).  Raises concerns over some aspects of the State Forest Management Plan.  Supports the Tillamook Rainforest Coalition position, which provides a safety net for the forest management plan.

355

Chair Shields

Acknowledges submitted written comments from David Mildrexler, Adrienne and Amanda Stacey, Jenefer Angell, Tim Cuthbertson, Susan Tone, and Lynn Herring (EXHIBITS Z, AA, BB, CC, DD, EE).

375

Chair Shields

Closes public hearing on SB 430 and SB 699.  Adjourns the meeting at 10:50 a.m.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – SB 430 and SB 699, written testimony, Ross Holloway, 4 pp

B – SB 430 and SB 699, slide presentation, Ross Holloway, 12 pp

C – SB 430 and SB 699, written testimony, Janet McLennan, 4 pp

D – SB 430 and SB 699, written testimony, Howard Sohn, 4 pp

E – SB 430 and SB 699, written testimony, Hal Salwasser, 5 pp

F – SB 430, written testimony, Tim Josi, 4 pp

G – SB 430, written testimony, Paul Hanneman, 1 p

H – SB 430 and SB 699, editorial, Charles Hurliman, 2 pp

I – SB 430 and SB 699, editorial by Phil Ruder, Charles Hurliman, 2 pp

J – SB 430, written testimony, Guido Rahr, 3 pp

K – SB 430, Tillamook Rainforest Coalition fact sheet, Guido Rahr, 2 pp

L – SB 430, written argument for the 50-50 management strategy, Guido Rahr, 4 pp

M – SB 430, report “Economic Realities in the Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests,” Guido Rahr, 89 pp

N – SB 430, written testimony, Sybil Ackerman, 5 pp

O – SB 430, report “Simplified Forest Management to Achieve Watershed and Forest Health:  A Critique,” Sybil Ackerman, 5 pp

P – SB 430, written testimony, Sybil Ackerman, 1 p

Q – SB 430 and SB 699, written testimony, Dick Schouten, 2 pp

R – SB 430, written testimony, Phil Ruder, 3 pp

S – SB 430, written testimony, Walt Socha, 1 p

T – SB 430, written testimony, Mark Rasmussen, 4 pp

U – SB 430, written testimony, Bob Rees, 1 p

V – SB 430, written testimony, Bill Steen, 1 p

W – SB 430, written testimony, Troy Horton, 5 pp

X – SB 430, written testimony, Joe Meyer, 1 p

Y – SB 430, written testimony, Gareth Ferdun, 2 pp

Z – SB 430, written testimony, David Mildrexler, 2 pp

AA – SB 430, written testimony, Adrienne Stacey, 1 p

BB – SB 430, written testimony, Jenefer Angell, 1 p

CC – SB 430, written testimony, Tim Cuthbertson, 1 p

DD – SB 430, written testimony, Susan Tone, 1 p

EE – SB 430, written testimony, Lynn Herring, 1 p

FF – SB 430, written testimony, Brian Wegener, 1 p

GG – SB 430, written testimony, David Gabrielsen, 1 p

HH – SB 430, written testimony, Jay Ward et al, 2 pp

II – SB 430, written testimony, George Wuerthner, 1 p

JJ – SB 430, written testimony, Marcia Denison, 1 p

KK – SB 430, written testimony, Matthew Nenninger, 2 pp

LL – SB 430, written testimony, Judy Heumann, 1 p

MM – SB 430, written testimony, Dean and Barbara Wilson, 1 p

NN – SB 430, written testimony, Jenny Holmes, 2 pp