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Discussion on forest health set for Wednesday

A round-table discussion on improving forest health while decreasing fire danger and increasing jobs will be held Wednesday in Medford.

The session, called by U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., begins at 10 a.m. in the Jackson Room of the Jackson County Courthouse at 10 S. Oakdale Ave.

Representatives of federal forest agencies, the timber industry, local government and community leaders, environmental groups, Indian tribes, recreational users and others are encouraged to participate, according to Wyden.

"The purpose of this round-table discussion is to hear expert opinions about the issue of forest restoration and efforts to reduce the amount of hazardous fuels in the forests of Southern Oregon," Wyden said in a prepared statement. "I believe the health of our forests, the dangers posed by catastrophic fires and the opportunity to create family-wage jobs in our mills are issues critical to the survival of our forests, our rural communities and our economy."