Oregon Department of Forestry Vision Statements
The Oregon Department of Forestry will be successful in achieving its mission when Oregon has:
- Healthy forests providing a sustainable flow of environmental, economic, and social outputs and benefits
- Public and private landowners willingly making investments to create healthy forests.
- Statewide forest resource policies that are coordinated among Oregon's natural resource agencies.
- The Oregon Department of Forestry recognized as an agency operating openly and in the public interest.
- Citizens who understand, accept, and support sustainable forestry and who make informed decisions that contribute to achievement of the vision of the 2003 Forestry Program for Oregon.
- Adequate funding for the Oregon Department of Forestry to efficiently and cost-effectively accomplish the mission and strategies of the Board of Forestry, appropriate use of information technology, business management strategies, and Department personnel policies that encourage and recognize employees, allowing them to meet their full potential in providing excellent public service.
The Oregon Department of Forestry Values:
- Being a leader in professional forestry.
- Innovation based on sound science.
- Excellent, efficient, and effective service.
- The involvement and cooperation of all Oregonians.
- Honesty and integrity.
- Individual initiative, effectiveness, and hard work.
- Respectful, strong, cooperative relationships.
To serve the people of Oregon by protecting, managing, and promoting stewardship of Oregon's forests to enhance environmental, economic, and community sustainability.
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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.
Specific activities include:
- fire protection for 16 million acres of private, state and federal forests;
- regulation of forest practices (under the Oregon Forest Practices Act) and promotion of forest stewardship;
- implementation of the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds;
- detection and control of harmful forest insect pests and forest tree diseases on 12 million acres of state and private lands;
- management of 818,800 acres of state-owned forestlands;
- forestry assistance to Oregon's 166,000 non-industrial private woodland owners;
- forest resource planning, and,
- community and urban forestry assistance.
Oregon State Forester Doug Decker
|Doug Decker was appointed Oregon State Forester by the Oregon Board of Forestry on February 1, 2011. In that position, he carries out the board's overarching policies through leadership of the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF). The state forester serves as director of the department, which provides services including preventing and fighting wildfires, managing state-owned forests, enforcing natural resources protection laws on private forestlands, advising landowners, and providing urban forestry assistance.
From 2010-2011, Decker served as acting chief of the department's State Forests Division, supervising the overall function of the division. For the five years prior, he was State Forests Project Leader, a position in which he spearheaded a successful effort to acquire a 43,000-acre tract that became the Gilchrist State Forest.
Decker established the Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust, leading the non-profit organization in a multi-year effort to plan, design, build, and open the award-winning Tillamook Forest Center, located on the site of the historic Tillamook Burn in today's Tillamook State Forest.
Decker began his career with the Oregon Department of Forestry in 1987 as a public affairs specialist, eventually receiving promotion to public affairs director. In that role, he led development and implementation of a statewide communication strategy for the department, including media relations, electronic communications, publications, forestry education, and crisis communications.
As public affairs director during some of the most challenging wildfire seasons in recent history, he developed and implemented national standards and programs for fire information officer media relations training and led agency-wide and multi-agency fire information operations.
Decker holds a baccalaureate in journalism from the University of Montana, Missoula.
Oregon Department of Forestry Organization Chart [2 pages; PDF]
More information about the Oregon Department of Forestry's organization, including strategic planning, tribal/state agency relations, and communications planning can be found on the department's organizational management webpage.
The major program activities of the Oregon Department of Forestry include:
Protection from Fire The goal of the Department's largest program, Protection from Fire, is to devise and use environmentally sound and economically efficient strategies which minimize the total cost to protect Oregon's timber and other forest values from loss caused by wildland fire.
Private Forests Through technical assistance, financial incentives, education, regulation, and other tools, this program helps forest landowners manage their lands to meet their objectives. Program responsibilities include implementation of the Oregon Forest Practices Act, which provides for timber harvest using techniques that are consistent with conservation and environmental protection.
State Forests Management The State Forests Program manages 818,800 acres of state-owned forest land in Oregon. The forests are managed in a stewardship manner to producing a broad range of benefits. These include timber harvest, revenue to local governments and schools, protection of wildlife habitat and other environmental values, and opportunities for recreation and learning.
Resources Planning This program provides information, research, analysis and planning services to assist the Board of Forestry and the department. These services support the implementation, monitoring and revision of the Forestry Program for Oregon, and help to coordinate forest policy across the department's various programs.
Urban and Community Forestry This program helps Oregon communities plant, care for and manage urban forests, and works to foster public awareness of the contribution of urban forest ecosystems to quality of life, environmental and economic well-being in Oregon cities. This awareness in turn can help strengthen urban Oregonians' connections to Oregon's broader forest resources and issues.
Administration These services include department-wide executive management and policy direction, as well as support in areas that include finance, human resources, public affairs, information technology and facilities.