[ODF_Private_Forests] Budget hearings and new analysis available

WEEKS Kevin kevin.weeks at state.or.us
Tue May 5 08:32:13 PDT 2009


Private Forests News list members:

*** Updated information on presentation of Oregon Department of Forestry's budget and public hearing time***

PUBLIC HEARING

The public hearing day for the ODF budget before the Ways and Means Natural Resources Subcommittee is Wednesday May 6 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm in Hearing Room 170 of the State Capitol. The Subcommittee has added an additional day of public hearing for the ODF budget on this Thursday, May 7th - same time and hearing room. H-170 is one of the smaller hearing rooms, so the schedule and space will likely be quite full; early arrival is recommended.

BUDGET PRESENTATION SCHEDULE

ODF's budget presentation to the Ways and Means Natural Resources Subcommittee is scheduled for the following days from 1:00pm to 2:30pm in H-170 State Capitol:

Tuesday, May 5th -
Following opening remarks by Board of Forestry chair John Blackwell and State Forester Marvin Brown, presentation of the State Forests Division will conclude from Monday's presentation of the State Forests overview.

Wednesday, May 6th -
Public Testimony

Thursday, May 7th
Private Forests Division and ODF Agency Administration

If you cannot attend hearings in Salem, the hearings are videocast over the Internet at: http://www.leg.state.or.us/listn/ -- then select 170 from the Hearing Rooms list.

NEW ANALYSIS CHART AVAILABLE

Agency Affairs has developed a chart which shows staff fulltime equivalent (FTE) levels for ODF's Private Forests Division (and the predecessor Forest Practices program) from 1980 to 2009 while comparing key events in the development of Oregon's forest and resource protection rules. The chart also visually expresses what proposed budget reduction levels for staffing within Private Forests would look like in the 10 to 30 percent General Fund budget reduction plans requested by the Legislature.

The chart is available at this link --
 http://egov.oregon.gov/ODF/docs/PFstaffingchartMay09.pdf

Additional information about ODF's budget development process is available at:
http://egov.oregon.gov/ODF/budgetdevelopment.shtml

Questions? Please feel free to contact me.

Kevin Weeks
Public Information Officer / Private Forests Division
Oregon Department of Forestry
kweeks at odf.state.or.us<mailto:kweeks at odf.state.or.us>
(503) 945-7427
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