What is your opinion about the condition and quality of Oklahoma’s forests and timberlands? What needs to be changed and what benefits could be realized from these changes? These are some of the broad questions in a new survey open until March 7.
Oklahoma Forestry Services is currently in the process of developing a Statewide Forest Resource Assessment and Strategic Plan. The assessment will be a comprehensive analysis of forest conditions, trends, threats, opportunities, and issues of concern within our state. It will also identify priority rural and urban forest landscape areas across Oklahoma.
“Oklahoma Forestry Services wants the citizens of Oklahoma to participate in the identification of critical issues affecting the state’s forests,” said state forester, John Burwell of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry. “Each person brings their own unique perspective to identifying opportunities and issues. Whether you live in an urban or rural area and whether your interests involve one tree, several trees, or acres of trees, your viewpoint will help shape the assessment.”
Once Oklahoma’s critical issues and priority forest landscapes are determined, the Forest Resource Strategic Plan will provide a framework for investing resources and identify actions to be taken.
“This project is extremely important because it will help determine the future of Oklahoma’s forests,” Burwell said. “By making sure we are addressing the most critical needs of our forests, they will continue to provide the long-term benefits we have come to enjoy such as clean air, water and forest products.”
If you are interested in learning more about the Statewide Forest Resource Assessment and completing an online survey regarding critical forest issues, please visit: www.forestry.ok.gov/state-forest-assessment or contact Erin Johnson, Forest Resource Planner at 405-522-6158.
Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
2800 North Lincoln Blvd Oklahoma City OK73105-4298
Posted on Thu, February 5, 2009
by Jack Carson, ODAFF, (405) 522-4575