THE REBARROW RESEARCH FOREST
(1) The Rebarrow Research Forest Advisory Board (herein "the Board") of Eastern Oregon State College is established to advise the President regarding the management and use of the Rebarrow Research Forest within the following guidelines.
(2) The Board shall acquire the necessary scientific and ecological information required in order to manage, preserve and develop the Rebarrow Research Forest in a reasonable manner.
(3) The Board shall include two Eastern Oregon State College Biology faculty members, one other Eastern Oregon State College faculty member, the Dean of Administration at Eastern Oregon State College, one person associated with the U.S. Forest Service or the State of Oregon, Department of Forestry, one person associated with the Oregon State Fish and Wildlife Department or the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, and one resident of Union County, who is not employed by the College.
(4) The President of Eastern Oregon State College (President) shall appoint all the members of the Board. However, the President shall request the responsible officials in the state or federal agencies identified in section (3) to recommend a person from their respective agencies to be Board members. Each representative shall serve a term for the length of time designated by the President. The President shall designate one of the faculty members appointed to the Advisory Board to be the presiding officer of the Board.
Jurisdiction and Powers of Board
(1) The Board shall advise the President regarding the preservation, management, maintenance and development of the Research Forest. In particular, the Board shall counsel the President regarding educational and research uses as well as regarding various ecological considerations of the Research Forest.
(2) In advising on educational uses, the Board shall consider such uses as:
(a) Field trips for the College's science classes;
(b) Self-guided nature trails set up by the College;
(c) Designating study areas within the Forest Reserve for use by students in classes studying plants, animals, forest soil systems and riparian zones.
(3) In advising on research uses of the area, the Board shall consider:
(a) Developing on-going student initiated research projects;
(b) Providing for research projects by members of the faculty at the College;
(c) Providing for research projects by graduate students from other colleges and universities.
(4) In advising on the overall preservation, maintenance and development of the forest, the Board shall seek to:
(a) Promote the natural forest habitat, including game and wildlife inhabiting the areas;
(b) Manage the forest habitat to benefit the entire forest, including game and nongame wildlife inhabiting the area;
(c) Manage the riparian habitat in a manner befitting the water shed and the entire ecosystem;
(d) Manage the forest for a sustained yield;
(e) Develop a portion of the research forest into a material climax stand;
(f) Restrict logging in the research forest to a minimum impact basis;
(g) Allow the cutting of firewood with a permit;
(h) Fence any unfenced portions of the outer boundaries of the research forest;
(i) Develop and monitor plans for appropriate buildings to be constructed.
(1) A quorum of the Board is five members. A majority of a quorum is sufficient to decide an issue. The Board shall meet a call of the chairperson at least once a year or upon the call of three members. Reasonable notice of a meeting including an agenda shall be given to all members prior to each meeting.
(2) The Board shall select a Board member as secretary to keep minutes of its meetings. The President shall provide for such secretarial and other technical services as may be reasonably necessary to keep such records and to distribute reports of the Board's action. The minutes of a Board meeting shall be provided to Board members after each meeting.
(3) The Board may review, initiate or formulate policy recommendations to the President on various matters within its charge. The Board may review other matters brought to it by the President or other College representatives, or by organizations or persons with an interest in the Rebarrow Research Forest.
(4) The President or other College representatives shall advise the Board in writing in those situations in which the Board's recommendations are not accepted.
Timber Harvest and Firewood Cutting Permits
(1) In accordance with forest management practices and public contracting requirements, the College may invite qualified persons to log the Rebarrow Research Forest on a low impact basis.
(2) The College may allow individuals to cut firewood in the Rebarrow Research Forest for a nominal fee. Such cutting shall be limited to times and places which will not interfere with the research and educational activities taking place in the forest or disrupt the overall management of the area.
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