Oregon

Taking action through coordinated investment

Conserve

Prevent habitat fragmentation, degradation and loss as a means to conserve native plant and animal diversity

Protect

Communities at Risk from Wildfire. Actively manage public and private forests to restore natural disturbance regimes and improve forest health

Enhance

Markets for Timber, Biomass and Ecosystem Services.  Diverse markets keep forests working for social, economic and environmental purposes

Oregon’s bountiful trees and forests

Of Oregon’s 28 million acres of forests, nearly 60% is federal.  Private landowners own 34%; with 6% in city, county, state or tribally owned. Wood production comes primarily from private forests, supporting ¾’s of Oregon’s annual timber harvest. Oregon’s forests are diverse and provide important habitat for conserving Oregon’s fish and wildlife.  Oregon’s Statewide Forest Assessment maps 3 types of high priority forests:  those facing landscape wildfire risk, those vulnerable to loosing timber markets and those important to fish and wildlife habitats.

Communities at Risk of Wildfire: Fire suppression efforts over the last 100 years have altered the natural role wildfire plays in the forests of southwestern and eastern Oregon. As a result, these forests have experienced an increase in woody fuels, tree stocking and tree mortality; creating conditions for large, uncharacteristically severe, wildfire events that threaten Oregon communities and the environmental, social and economic resource benefits from Oregon’s forests.

Maintaining the Forestland Base: Converting forests to non-forest uses results in a loss of forest resources and benefits such as timber, water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, carbon sequestration, aesthetics and recreation. Further, development within the forest increases wildfire risk in terms of human caused ignitions, increased hazardous fuels, and placing more residences and structures at risk – which greatly increases fire suppression costs. As such, it is essential to keep forestland in forest use.

Diversity of Upland and Aquatic Habitats: Oregon is rich in its fish and wildlife resources. However, some fish and wildlife habitats are threatened by human population growth and development, transportation and energy, intensive land management and a lack of education and awareness. When threats materialize, the results are habitat fragmentation, degradation and loss, connectivity reduction, and loss of diversity in native flora and fauna. Oregon forestlands provide little exception to these challenges despite a solid foundation in planning, and regulatory and voluntary approaches to habitat conservation.

Agency Information

Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State St.
Salem, Oregon 97310

Doug Decker
503-945-7211
ddecker@odf.state.or.us