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Dr. K. Norman Johnson, Chair

Oregon State University


Dr. James Agee

University of Washington


Dr. Robert Beschta

Oregon State University


Dr. Virginia Dale

Oak Ridge National Lab.

Oak Ridge, TN


Dr. Linda Hardesty

Washington State Univ.


Dr. James Long

Utah State University


Dr. Larry Nielsen

Pennsylvania State Univ.


Dr. Barry Noon

Colorado State University


Dr. Roger Sedjo

Resources for the Future

Washington, D.C.


Dr. Margaret Shannon

Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs

Syracuse, NY


Dr. Ronald Trosper

Northern Arizona Univ.


Charles Wilkinson

University of Colorado


Dr. Julia Wondolleck

University of Michigan



DATE: July 12, 1998


TO: The Committee of Scientists


FROM: K. Norman Johnson, Committee Chair


SUBJECT: Teleconference #1 Committee Meeting Notes



Enclosed are the notes from the first public teleconference call of the Committee of Scientists Federal Advisory Committee held June 17, 1998, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time.


The purpose of the teleconference was to discuss the committee's draft report to the Secretary of Agriculture and the Chief of the Forest Service. The public could participate on the telephone call at the Washington D.C. Office of the Forest Service and all regional offices of the Forest Service.


Enclosed you will find:

Attendance on June 17, 1998

Meeting minutes



Thank you for your participation in the meeting.






ATTENDEES continued

Dr. Norm Johnson, Chair

Region 4 -

Dr. Jim Agee

Dave Iverson, Forest Service

Dr. Linda Hardesty

Kathy Hauser, Forest Service

Dr. Jim Long

Region 5 -

Dr. Barry Noon

Sue Danner, Forest Service

Dr. Roger Sedjo

Region 6 -

Dr. Margaret Shannon

William Connelly, Forest Service

Dr. Ron Trosper

Mauragrace Healy, Forest Service

Charles Wilkinson, Prof. of Law

Jerry Williams, Forest Service

Dr. Julia Wondolleck

Shandra Smith, Forest Service


Region 8 -

Bob Cunningham, Designated Federal Official

Gary Pierson, Forest Service


Robert Wilhelm, Forest Service

Committee Staff Support

Glenn Gaines, Forest Service

Jonathan Stephens, USFS

David Meriwether, Forest Service

Marc Bosch, Forest Service


Tom Tibbs, Forest Service

Washington, D.C., Office of Forest Service -

Region 9 -

Julia Riber, Forest Service

Linda Lou Stockinger, Forest Service

Mark Delfs, Forest Service

Region 10 -

Tom Troxel, American Forest and Paper Assoc.

Jim Caplan, Forest Service

David Zaber, Defenders of Wildlife

Fred Norbury, Forest Service

Cherie Shelley, Forest Service

Region 1 -

Geneen Granger, Forest Service

Doug Glevanik, Forest Service

Macky McClung, Forest Service

Skip Kowalski, Forest Service

Niel Lawrence, Nat. Res. Defense Council

Dale Dufour, Forest Service


Ihor Mereszczak, Nez Perce NF


Greg Schildwachter, Intermountain Forest

Industry Assoc.


Katherine Deuel, Alliance for Wild Rockies


Deb Kmon, Alliance for Wild Rockies


Marlen Tweten


Region 3 -


Art Briggs, Forest Service


Doug Shaw, Forest Service


Vickie Estrada, Cibola NF





Minutes of June 17th Teleconference Call with Committee of Scientists


General Discussion of June 12 Draft Report


Dr. Johnson led the discussion of the overall report. The committee conducted a chapter by chapter review of the draft report. The committee reviewed the following sections of the draft report: Title; Introduction- The Context for Land Stewardship in the Next Generation; Chapter One- Sustaining the Lands, Economies, and Human Communities; Chapter Two- Implementing Sustainability; Chapter Three-Interpreting the National Forest Management Act in the Context of Sustainability; and Chapter Four- Planning to Achieve Sustainability and Deepen Public Engagement. After discussion of the draft report, Dr. Johnson discussed committee assignments to revise, restructure and edit certain sections of the draft report. Dr. Johnson informed the committee that he had employed an editor to help with the report.


Draft Report Available on the Committee of Scientists WEB Page


The Committee agreed that the next draft of the committee's report should be made available to the public on the committee' s WEB page. The Committee also discussed when the public should be provided an opportunity to comment on the draft report.


Discussion of Review of Draft Forest Service Planning Regulations


Dr. Johnson and Dr. Sedjo discussed whether or not the committee was conducting a critique of the April 1995 draft planning regulations. The Committee agreed that it was developing a framework for planning and not a section-by-section critique of the draft planning regulations. The Committee noted that it was developing specific regulation language for ecological sustainability.