PORTLAND, Ore. April 13, 2005. About 25
million acres in the range of the northern spotted owl were placed
under the Northwest Forest
Plan (NWFP) in 1994. The plan was implemented on land managed by
the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and other federal
agencies. Much has been learned since that time.
A conference, Science
and the Northwest Forest Plan: Knowledge Gained Over a Decade,
is scheduled for April 19-20 in Portland
to examine what has been learned. The session will be held at
the Jantzen Beach Red Lion Hotel on the River (formerly Doubletree
Agency scientists and managers will describe advances
in the state of knowledge over the last decade, develop an understanding
science information from the NWFP monitoring program status
and trends report, and explore policy and management implications
surrounding the science findings.
To register for the conference, contact the outreach education
office at Oregon State University at (541) 737-2329 or http://outreach.cof.orst.edu/nwforestplan/index.php
Copies of the draft monitoring reports can be found at http://www.reo.gov/monitoring/10yr-report/old-growth/final-report.html.
The final reports will be published in fall 2005.
trip for journalists is scheduled for Thursday, April 21 at the
H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest. Field trip topics
the spotted owl, thinning in plantations, aquatic conservation
strategies, and alternative landscape approaches as they
relate to NWFP science. To register for the field trip
Sherri Richardson Dodge at firstname.lastname@example.org or
(503) 808-2137. To learn more about the experimental forest
informal discussion among managers, scientists, and reporters
is scheduled for Wednesday, April 20 from 5 to
The host federal agencies are also sponsoring several
attend the conference. A special evening event for students
to interact with managers and scientists is planned for
Tuesday, April 19 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
of the conference are the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau
of Land Management, Bureau of
National Park Service; U.S. Department of Commerce,
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Environmental
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; U.S. Department of
Agriculture, Forest Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service;
U.S. Geological Survey; and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.