SENATE COMMITTEE ON

AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES

 

 

April 11, 2003                                                                                                         Hearing Room B

10:00 a.m.                                                                                                                     Tapes 66 - 67

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen. Frank Shields, Chair

Sen. Roger Beyer, Vice-Chair

Sen. Tony Corcoran

Sen. Bill Fisher

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Judith Callens, Committee Administrator

Megan Jensen, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:           SB 670 Public Hearing

Informational Meeting

    Roy Woo, Department of Forestry Director, on SB 430 and SB 699

 

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 66, A

003

Chair Shields

Calls meeting to order at 10:07 a.m. and opens public hearing on SB 670.

SB 670 – PUBLIC HEARING

008

Judith Callens

Provides overview on SB 670.

017

Chair Shields

Closes public hearing on SB 670 and opens informational meeting.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING

Roy Woo, Department Of Forestry Director, on SB 430 and SB 699

033

Roy Woo

Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF). Reviews the forest management plan for northwest Oregon state forests (EXHIBIT A).

115

Sen. Corcoran

Asks why the Clatsop State Forest has 840 miles of logging roads and only one mile of non-motorized road.

125

Woo

Offers to address the issue later in the presentation.

128

Sen. Corcoran

Asks about spending money on road roads in the Tillamook State Forest.

134

Woo

Offers to address the issue later in the presentation.

140

Ross Holloway

ODF Program Director. Gives overview of the presentation:

  • Recreation management on state forests
  • Socioeconomic analyses prepared by the Department and by the Tillamook Rainforest Coalition
  • Affects on water quality and fish habitat
  • Strategic plan for managing state forests in Northwest Oregon affected by Swiss Needle Cast

155

Holloway

Discusses the development of the Recreation Management Plan of Northwest Oregon State Forests. Provides a description of the planning processes used to develop the current recreation management plans. Discusses two primary components of recreation management on state forest lands:

  • Staffing necessary to establish a management presence and effectively deal with recreational use on these lands
  • The development and maintenance of facilities for the ongoing and anticipated recreational use that the lands receive

240

Holloway

Discusses budget issues for the recreation management program.

258

Chair Shields

Asks if Woo has met with Senator Ringo regarding the management program.

263

Woo

Offers to give Senator Ringo a tour of the forests to provide more information on forest management goals.

271

Sen. Beyer

Asks about managed uses such as logging occurring in the same areas used for recreation.

284

Holloway

Explains that recreation activities are generally compatible with managed forest uses.

299

Sen. Beyer

Talks about trails closing for maintenance and inquires if any complaints are made regarding the over-management of the wilderness experience.

301

Holloway

Responds that people generally agree to projects such as trail maintenance.

312

Woo

Explains that the Tillamook State Forest is an integrated forest and elaborates.

348

Holloway

Addresses the question of why there are no non-motorized trails in the Clatsop State Forest. Describes a new 10 year action plan which includes specific development efforts for recreation with new priorities. Continues discussion of recreation management plan budget and suggests more work is needed.

TAPE 67, A

002

Gary Lettman

ODF Resources Planning Program. Discusses the “Northwest Oregon State Forests Management Plan: Connection to State and Local Economies” study published by ODF (EXHIBIT C):

  • Production functions, benefits and costs
  • Revenue distribution
  • Economic impacts

119

Chair Shields

Talks about the difficulties of discerning economic impacts.

150

Lettman

Explains methods for determining economic impacts.

170

Chair Shields

Comments that the economic formulas are complicated.

208

Sen. Beyer

Asks about the timber inventory volume of the Clatsop and Tillamook State Forests.

217

Holloway

States that the quoted figure of 9-13 billion board feet is based on certain calculation methods and elaborates.

259

Sen. Beyer

Confirms that ODF does not currently have a better estimate.

261

Holloway

Affirms.

263

Sen. Beyer

Asks about the sustainable yield harvest potential.

288

Holloway

Comments on quoted figures and explains.

298

Lettman

Discusses the origins of the figures.

309

Sen. Beyer

Talks about the original proposal for timber harvest and asks if the amount of harvested timber will increase.

321

Holloway

Discusses different estimates of available timber and explains the potential is there to increase the harvest in a cautious manner.

346

Chair Shields

Talks about differing figures on available timber and asks if the habitat conservation plan also affect those figures.

357

Holloway

Explains that the original model projecting 279 million board feet for harvest does reflect the habitat conservation strategies.

377

Chair Shields

Inquires about anticipating the effect of the habitat conservation plan before it is actually in place.

390

Holloway

Elaborates on including the habitat conservation plan.

TAPE 66, B

004

Chair Shields

Wonders if there is potential for a conservation plan that would insulate ODF from lawsuits under the Endangered Species Act.

012

Holloway

Comments that there will most likely be unanticipated results but that ODF has invested much effort in the project.

023

Chair Shields

Asks if enough studies have been done on the value of recreation for coastal businesses.

037

Lettway

States ODF could do an analysis of any new proposals.

045

Sen. Beyer

Asks about ODF’s Salmon Anchor Habitats Strategy plan.

046

Holloway

Explains that the Salmon Anchor Habitats Strategy was created to put more focus on protecting salmon habitats and discusses the development of the plan.

092

Sen. Beyer

Asks if the Salmon Anchor Habitats Strategy is in addition to the management plan as a whole for the Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests.

096

Holloway

Responds that the Salmon Anchor Habitats Strategy was anticipated when the management plan was adopted and is an additional strategy overlay.

100

Woo

Explains the intent of the Salmon Anchor Habitats Strategy plan.

145

Sen. Beyer

Comments on the Salmon Anchor Habitats Strategy plan and the amount of harvestable timber included in the forest management plan.

170

Woo

Offers to provide more information on the subject and elaborates.

186

Chair Shields

Asks about timber harvest and habitat protection compromises.

248

Holloway

Clarifies the definition of old growth and elaborates.

287

Woo

Discusses policy pieces imbedded in the plan that could provide possible compromises.

356

Chair Shields

Remarks that the forest management plan is a complicated issue.

372

Woo

Talks about the administrative rules which direct the management plan.

395

Sen. Fisher

Asks what land will be used for the Salmon Anchor Habitat Strategy program.

TAPE 67, B

002

Holloway

States that the basin areas for the Salmon Anchor Habitat Strategy programs are not yet set aside.

007

Sen. Fisher

Asks if 155,000 acres will be set aside for salmon habitat.

010

Holloway

Affirms and offers to provide more information on the data.

015

Chair Shields

Asks for information on the Heritage Program.

038

Holloway

Addresses the issue of new roads in the Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests.

016

Ted Lorensen

ODF Policy Division. Discusses forest practices, water quality and fish (EXHIBIT D). Talks about trends in water quality and fish management practices. Suggests modern forest management can be compatible with high water quality.

203

Sen. Corcoran

Asks if Doug fir is the predominant tree in forest areas affected by the Swiss Needle Cast disease.

213

Holloway

Explains that the spruce hemlock zone is most affected by the Swiss Needle Cast disease on the coast and explains the role of Doug fir in the spread of the disease (EXHBIT E).

239

Chair Shields

Closes informational meeting and adjourns meeting at 11:50 a.m.

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – Informational meeting, ODF, written testimony, Roy Woo, 3 pp.

B – Informational meeting, ODF, written testimony, Ross Holloway, 5 pp.

C – Informational meeting, ODF, written testimony, Gary Lettman, 11pp.

D – Informational meeting, ODF, written testimony, Ted Lorenson, 318 pp.

E – Informational meeting, ODF, written testimony, Ross Holloway, 8 pp.

F – Informational meeting, ODF, written testimony, Roy Wu, 10 pp.