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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

MEMORANDUM

 

DATE: December 30, 1998

 

TO: The Committee of Scientists

 

FROM: K. Norman Johnson, Committee Chair

 

SUBJECT: Teleconference #8 Committee Meeting Notes

 

 

Enclosed are the notes from the eighth public teleconference call of the Committee of Scientists Federal Advisory Committee held December 15, 1998, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.

 

The purpose of the teleconference was to continue 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 December 15, 1998

Meeting minutes

 

 

Thank you for your participation in the meeting.

 

ATTENDANCE

December 15, 1998; TELECONFERENCE

 

COMMITTEE OF SCIENTISTS

ATTENDEES

Dr. Norm Johnson, Chair

Region 1 -

Dr. Jim Agee

Doug Glevanik, Forest Service

Dr. Robert Beschta

Mike Wood, Alliance for the Wild Rockies

Dr. Virginia Dale

Than Hitt, Alliance for the Wild Rockies

Dr. Linda Hardesty

Deb Kmon, Alliance for the Wild Rockies

Dr. James Long

Dr. Barry Noon

Region 2 -

Dr. Roger Sedjo

Chris Liggett, Forest Service

Dr. Margaret Shannon

Dr. Ronald Trosper

Region 3 -

Charles Wilkinson

Art Briggs, Forest Service

Dr. Julia Wondolleck

Doug Shaw, Forest Service

 

 

Bob Cunningham, Designated Federal Official

Region 8 -

Committee Staff Support

Paul Arndt, Forest Service

Jonathan Stephens, USFS

Robert Wilhelm, Forest Service

 

 

ATTENDEES

Region 9 -

Washington D.C. Office of Forest Service -

Sam Emmons, Forest Service

Kevin Elliott, Forest Service

Vince Vukelich, Office of General Counsel

Susan Yonts-Shepard, Forest Service

John Vandlik, Office of General Counsel

Mark Delfs, Forest Service

 

John Henshaw, USDA, NRE

 

Chester Joy, General Accounting Office

 

Ryan Coles, General Accounting Office

 

Bill Imbergamo, Nat. Assoc. of State Foresters

 

Tom Geary, SPRA

 

Bob Bierer, American Forest & Paper Assoc

 

Mary Coulombe, Amer. Forest & Paper Assoc.

 

Karen Crass, Nat. Cattleman's & Beef Assoc.

 

Mary Munson, Defenders of Wildlife

 

 

 

 

Minutes of December 15th Teleconference Call with Committee of Scientists

 

 

General Discussion of Draft Summary

 

Dr. Johnson led a discussion of the Draft Summary. The committee discussed the structure, format and content of the summary. The committee agreed that the summary should be modified and restructured to reflect the comprehensive nature of the committee's task. Julia Wondolleck and Margaret Shannon agreed to lead the revision of the summary. Dr. Noon and others will work on the ecological sustainability section of the summary document. There was a discussion of the proposed ecological sustainability regulation and whether or not the draft regulation should be adopted by the Forest Service in its entirety, or whether the draft regulation is a prototype for the Forest Service to consider.

 

Committee Discussion of Sustainability

 

The committee had an extensive discussion of the definition of sustainability. Committee agreed that sustainability has three elements: ecological, social, and economic. There was a discussion about whether or not certain elements had primacy over another. The committee discussed the international recognition of sustainability. There was a discussion about possible dissenting views of the report by committee members. One approach discussed was for the committee to use professional journals as a forum for expressing dissent.

 

Schedule of Draft Report

 

The committee agreed to schedule a conference call on January 7, 1999, from 12 pm to 4pm (eastern standard time) to continue their discussions of the summary document and the final report.