State forester seeks applicants for OFRI board
Oregon State Forester Decker announced today he is soliciting applications from qualified persons interested in becoming a member of the Oregon Forest Resources Institute Board of Directors. OFRI is a state agency based in Portland dedicated to forestry education.
According to Oregon statute, the state forester appoints 11 of OFRI’s 13 board members. Two other members serve ex officio: the dean of the Oregon State University College of Forestry and a public representative appointed jointly by the president of the Oregon Senate and the speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives. Appointed members serve three-year terms.
Board representation includes small, medium and large forest products producers that pay a dedicated forest products harvest tax to support OFRI’s programs, plus one member each representing small woodland owners and forest sector employees.
Producer class specifications are as follows:
- Class 1 – Producers of less than 20 million board feet per year
- Class 2 – Producers of at least 20 million board feet per year, but less than 100 million board feet per year
- Class 3 – Producers of at least 100 million board feet per year
The small woodland owner representative must own between 100 and 2,000 acres of forestland and have no direct financial interest in any forest products processing activity.
Three positions will reset Jan. 1, 2012. Jake Gibbs, a Class 2 member with Lone Rock Timber Company, has served two terms and will leave the board. Wade Mosby, a Class 1 member with The Collins Companies, and Steve Zika, a Class 3 member with Hampton Affiliates, are concluding their first terms. Both are eligible for reappointment.
Persons interested in being nominated for positions on the OFRI board either now or sometime in the future should contact Dan Postrel at the Oregon Department of Forestry, 2600 State St., Salem, OR 97310 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Completed applications for the current board opening must be postmarked by Oct. 5, 2011.
To learn more about OFRI and its work, visit OFRI online at oregonforests.org.