SALEM - Gov. Ted Kulongoski has nominated the founding president of the World Forestry Center in Portland to lead the Oregon Board of Forestry.

John Blackwell is a former state forester and former chairman of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission. He is viewed as a moderate in a state with strong and split views on logging.

"I think the Board of Forestry can be brought together over time," Blackwell said.

The board faces hard questions about how much logging to permit in the Tillamook and Clatsop state forests, and it has been operating short-handed.

Kulongoski also nominated Steve Wilson, secretary-treasurer of the major woodworkers union in the Northwest.

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