CORVALLIS - A seminar series on the Northwest Forest Plan is being held this winter at Oregon State University, featuring leading scientists and agency administrators.

Titled "From Theory to Practice: Implementing the Northwest Forest Plan," the series is sponsored by the Cooperative Forest Ecosystem Research program at OSU, and is meant to address management, research perspectives and on-the-ground implementation of the plan. All presentations are free, open to the public, and will be at 3:30 p.m. in the Forest Sciences Laboratory, Room 200.

The series began in January and will continue through March. Speakers include:


  • Jan. 21: Joe Lint, wildlife biologist with the Bureau of Land Management, "Spotted Owls, Managing or Marking Time - An Operational Perspective"


  • Jan. 28: Michael Tehan, natural resource specialist with the National Marine Fisheries Service and NMFS representative to the Regional Ecosystem Office, "The Efficacy of the Northwest Forest Plan in Light of ESA Salmon Listings"


  • Feb. 4: Jim Furnish, forest supervisor with the Siuslaw National Forest, "The Northwest Forest Plan: What's Working and What's Not"


  • Feb. 11: Dave Busch, USGS biologist and research and monitoring group representative with the Regional Ecosystem Office, "The NFP Monitoring Program: Fulfilling Institutional Requirements and Achieving Scientific Credibility"


  • Feb. 18: Elaine Zielinski, state director of the BLM state office, "Implementation Challenges of the Northwest Forest Plan"


  • Feb. 25: Karl Stein, aquatic biologist with the BLM state office and Gordon Reeves, fish biologist with the USDA Forest Service, "Aquatic Riparian Effectiveness Monitoring for the Northwest Forest Plan"


  • March 4: Duane Dippon, ARD-GIS specialist with the BLM State Office, Information Resource Management, "Building Implementation Strategies on an Enterprise Information System"


  • March 11: Michael Schnee, area planning coordinator with the Oregon Department of Forestry, "An ODF Approach to Managing State Forests for Multiple Values"

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Betsy Littlefield, 541-737-6593