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Former legislator appointed to board position

Ex Eugene senator will serve on the board of the Oregon Forest Resources Institute.

Former Sen. Chris EdwardsFormer State Sen. Chris Edwards (D-Eugene) was appointed to the board of directors of the Oregon Forest Resources Institute this week.

Edwards left his post in the Oregon Senate in November to work at the University of Oregon at the new Phil Knight-funded science campus.

OFRI, created by the Legislature in 1991, is supposed to be a forum for collaboration between environmental groups, scientists, landowners and business interests.

They do public education and outreach about forest issues, publishing a newsletter every month and educational materials for schoolkids.

The institute describes itself as a "centralized gateway of shared ideas and collaborative dialogue regarding the delicate balance between the environmental, social and economic values provided by our forests."

Forests and their management could be a hot topic — forgive the pun — in the upcoming legislative session, after a summer of intense wildfires.

Edwards was jointly appointed to OFRI by Speaker of the House Tina Kotek, D-Portland, and Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem.

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