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Listening sessions to discuss OSU's research forestsListening sessions to discuss OSU's research forests

Together the two forests cover roughly 12,000 acres in the Coast Range foothills.

Steve Lundeberg

August 26, 2022

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Young trees surround a pond in Oregon State University's Dunn Forest.Oregon State University

The Oregon State University College of Forestry invites community members to a listening session Wednesday, Aug. 31, regarding the development of a new management plan for the McDonald and Dunn research forests owned by OSU.

Together the two forests cover roughly 12,000 acres in the Coast Range foothills northwest of Corvallis and are used by the public for a range of recreational activities.

The forests are presently managed under a plan developed in 2005. A few months after starting as the college’s Cheryl Ramberg-Ford and Allyn C. Ford Dean in 2020, Tom DeLuca formed a College Research Forests Advisory Committee to create a draft vision, mission and goals statement and to develop a process for creating a new forest management plan for McDonald and Dunn forests.

The listening session is scheduled for 6:30 to 8 p.m. People can attend in person in Room 117 of Peavy Hall, 3100 SW Jefferson Way, and also via Zoom.

Those wishing to attend the Aug. 31 session are asked to register online. A Zoom link will be provided to those who select the virtual option, and doors will open at 6 p.m. for the in-person audience.

Developing a plan

The listening session aims to generate suggestions for how the goals of the research forests can be incorporated into the new forest management plan. Participants will have the opportunity to provide input on the following:

  • What should the plan include to ensure the forests provide opportunities for innovative education, research and outreach?

  • What should the plan include to ensure the forests provide opportunities to learn about and demonstrate how sustainable management can balance multiple objectives?

  • What should the management plan include to ensure the forests provide opportunities for recreation and community connections?

The listening session will be structured for a one-way flow of information from community members based on responses to the above questions, rather than in a format where college leaders and faculty reply to questions by those in attendance.

People attending in person should park in the lot labeled B3 behind Richardson Hall and enter Richardson Hall, which is connected internally with the Peavy Hall. Room 117 is on the first floor on the north side of the building.

Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made by Aug. 29 to Ann Van Zee, [email protected].

The Aug. 31 session is the first of three the college is planning. The listening sessions are part of a collaborative input-gathering process that also involves an external Stakeholder Advisory Committee and internal Faculty Planning Committee, DeLuca said.

The committees kicked off the process with a joint meeting in June and will work in tandem for the next year to assist in the development of the new forest management plan.

Source: Oregon State University, which is solely responsible for the information provided and is wholly owned by the source. Informa Business Media and all its subsidiaries are not responsible for any of the content contained in this information asset.

About the Author(s)

Steve Lundeberg

News and Research Writer, Oregon State University

Steve Lundeberg covers the colleges of Engineering, Pharmacy, Science and Forestry, as well as the Linus Pauling Institute, for Oregon State University.

Lundeberg earned a technical journalism degree from OSU in 1985 and spent nearly three decades in the newspaper business, first as a sportswriter and editor and later as a features writer, circuit court/city government reporter and editorial page editor. He returned to Oregon State in 2014 after 25 years at the Albany (Ore.) Democrat-Herald.

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