Forestry

Forests provide significant environmental, social, and economic benefits, in addition to the direct benefits of jobs and wood products. They enhance air and water quality, provide habitat for fish and wildlife, and offer varied recreational opportunities. In Oregon 35 percent of all forest land is privately owned and contributes about 80 percent of the state’s timber harvest.

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RESOURCES

OSU Extensions: Ties to the Land

This site provides resources to help transition family forest land from one generation to the next.

Oregon Department of Forestry

The Oregon Department of Forestry was established in 1911. It is under the direction of the State Forester who is appointed by the State Board of Forestry. The statutes direct the state forester to act on all matters pertaining to forestry, including collecting and sharing information about the conditions of Oregon’s forests, protecting forestlands and conserving forest resources.

Guide to Reforestation in Oregon provides step–by–step directions for you, the forest landowner, to convert bare or recently logged lands to stands of healthy, “free to grow” trees.

Oregon Forest Resource Institute (OFRI)

The Oregon Legislature created the Oregon Forest Resources Institute in 1991 to improve public understanding of the state’s forest resources and to encourage environmentally sound forest management through training and other educational programs for forest landowners. OFRI is funded by a dedicated harvest tax on forest products producers.

Oregon Small Woodlands Association (OSWA)

The Oregon Small Woodlands Association is a member-based association that represents small woodland owners in Oregon. Our Regular Members own between 1 and 5000 acres of land with trees growing on their property.

US Forest Service: Pacific Northwest Research Station

The Pacific Northwest Research Station provides scientific information to land managers, policy makers, and citizens. The Station has 11 locations in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington and about 405 employees. Our mission is to generate and communicate scientific knowledge that helps people understand and make informed choices about people, natural resources, and the environment.

US Forest Service: Pacific Northwest Region

A robust resource on the forest resources of the Northwest. Provides detailed information on the different types of forests and the functions that they provide to the local and regional environments.

The Nature Conservancy

The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.

Oregon Community Trees

The mission of Oregon Community Trees is to promote healthy urban and community forests through leadership, education, awareness, and advocacy.

Society of American Foresters

The mission of the Society of American Foresters is to advance the science, education, technology, and practice of forestry; to enhance the competency of its members; to establish professional excellence; and, to use the knowledge, skills, and conservation ethic of the profession to ensure the continued health and use of forest ecosystems and the present and future availability of forest resources to benefit society.