Participate in the process

The Oregon Forest Resources Institute values public involvement and feedback on our educational programs and materials. Stakeholder and public input is an important part of the process of developing a number of our projects and initiatives. These may include:

  • program plans
  • strategic plans
  • executive director hiring process
  • major scientific research reports
  • policies and procedures

The process for incorporating stakeholder and public comment into the development of a new project or the update of an existing plan, report or policy is shown and described below:

OFRI Public comment procedure diagram

Step 1: Initiate project.
OFRI staff identify the need for a project and seek board approval to budget the necessary funds to execute it.

Step 2: Drafting and internal review.
Once the OFRI board has approved proceeding with the project, staff and/or a contractor begin the drafting and internal review process, involving the OFRI executive director and other relevant staff members. 

Step 3: Stakeholder review.
Staff assemble a diverse group of stakeholders to review an initial draft and provide input. Once the stakeholder review has been completed and staff have incorporated their feedback into the project, it goes out for public review.

Step 4: Public notice and review.
OFRI issues a notice of the public comment period and makes digital and hard copies of the draft project available for the public to review. This could include announcements on the Institute’s website, in email newsletters, in a news release and on social media. 

Step 5: Collect public comments.
During the public comment period, public comments will be collected by email, online survey or mail. 

Step 6: Board approval.
The OFRI board reviews and approves a final draft of the project that takes into account the feedback received during the public comment period. 

Step 7: Publish and notify commenters.
OFRI publishes the project and makes it available on its website. 

Step 8: Release public comment summary.
OFRI releases on its website a summary of the public comments received. 

 


PUBLIC REVIEW OF OFRI'S PUBLIC REVIEW PROCESS

OFRI is looking to enact a policy of public review.The document below outlines the process for incorporating stakeholder and public comment into the development of a new project or the update of an existing plan, report or policy:

OFRI Public Review Process (PDF)

 

To Submit Public Comment:

Email written comments to [email protected]. Please include the subject line Public Comment Process.

Written comments can also be sent to:

Public Comment
Oregon Forest Resources Institute
9755 SW Barnes Rd., Suite 210,
Portland, OR 97225

Public comment will be collected between April 28 and May 27, 2022.

All email or written comments must be received by noon on May 27, 2022. Note that all comments will be reviewed and considered, and a synopsis of them will become publicly available on OFRI’s website.

PUBLIC REVIEW OF OFRI'S QUALITY INFORMATION POLICY

It is the policy of the Oregon Forest Resources Institute that the information it disseminates is “Quality Information.” Quality Information is defined in Federal Information Guidelines released in 2002 by the Office of Management and Budget as information that has utility, objectivity and integrity.

The processes described in this Quality Information Policy show how OFRI generally produces educational materials for the public, K-12 teachers and students, and landowner audiences.

OFRI Quality Information Policy (PDF)

 

To Submit Public Comment:

Email written comments to [email protected]. Please include the subject line Quality Information Policy.

Written comments can also be sent to:

Public Comment
Oregon Forest Resources Institute
9755 SW Barnes Rd., Suite 210,
Portland, OR 97225

Public comment will be collected between April 28 and May 27, 2022.

All email or written comments must be received by noon on May 27, 2022. Note that all comments will be reviewed and considered, and a synopsis of them will become publicly available on OFRI’s website.

PUBLIC REVIEW OF THE OREGON FOREST LITERACY PLAN

The public review period for this project was March 1 - April 1, 2022.

A public record of the comments submitted will be available soon.

Please contact Norie Dimeo-Ediger for more information.

PUBLIC REVIEW OF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR HIRING PROCESS

The public review period for this project was March 21 - April 21, 2022.

A public record of the comments submitted will be available soon.

Please contact Kathy Storm for more information.