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Draft 2011 "Forestry Program for Oregon"
Are Oregon’s forests being managed sustainably?  A set of indicators developed with broad public input suggests not, and the Oregon Board of Forestry is inviting the public to help shape a plan to improve the health and productivity of our public and private forests.
 
The Forestry Program for Oregon is the Board of Forestry's strategic plan, maintained on an eight-year cycle, with the next update due in 2011.
 
A 90-day public comment period for the draft 2011 Forestry Program for Oregon runs from October 1 through December 31, 2010.
 
 
The update comes as Oregon’s forests face major challenges, including:
  • Fragmentation and conversion –  Rising real estate values and inability to derive sufficient income from managing their forestlands are driving more owners to consider selling forests for other uses. This often means permanent loss of forest values such as wildlife habitat, clean water, and timber production.
  • Encroachment – Oregon’s population continues to expand into forested areas. This can increase the incidence of wildfire, drive up firefighting costs, and create conflicts – for instance among neighbors primarily interested in the residential value of their lands and those whose goals include timber harvest.  
  • Invasive species – A long-term warming trend has heightened the threat of disease outbreaks and insect infestations. The altered conditions are also more favorable to invasive plant species that compete with native vegetation.
  • Declining health of federally owned forestlands – These lands make up 60 percent of Oregon’s forested acres, and large expanses in drier parts of Oregon need thinning and other treatments to restore their health and reduce their vulnerability to severe fires.
  • Difficulties in rural, forest-dependent communities – These include high unemployment and insufficient revenue to fund local services.
 
The draft Forestry Program for Oregon update proposes specific goals and objectives to address the current problems, and to set forests on a pathway to provide a steady flow of multiple benefits for Oregonians. The document’s goals are linked to 19 indicators of sustainable forest management endorsed by the board that set desired trends and monitor progress towards the plan's goals.
 

References
 
Reference material to consider while developing comments on the draft 2011 Forestry Program for Oregon.
  • 2003 Forestry Program for Oregon web page - links to the Board of Forestry's current strategic plan. 
  • Oregon Indicators of Sustainable Forest Management web site - links to 19 indicators that relate to the Forestry Program for Oregon goals.  These indicators serve as measuring sticks to monitor progress towards sustainable forest management.
  • Oregon Roundtable on Sustainable Forests web site - Information about the Roundtable - an open, participant-driven network and forum for those interested in the sustainability of Oregon's forests.
  • Oregon Forests Values and Beliefs Study (June 2010) web page - links to study results including community focus groups and telephone and online surveys that were conducted last summer.  These study results will be included as part of the public comment for the draft 2011 Forestry Program for Oregon and inform the Board as it considers adoption of a final plan.
  • Oregon's Forest Atlas 2010 Online Edition web page - links to the Oregon Forest Atlas project which was developed in 2010 to provide public members with a broader understanding of Oregon's forests using contemporary technology.
 

How to comment
 
Comments on the draft 2011 Forestry Program for Oregon can be provided by e-mail, postal mail, or fax.
 
E-mail your comments (recommended) to information@odf.state.or.us.  Include "2011 Forestry Program for Oregon Comments" in the e-mail subject line.  You will receive a response from agency staff within approximately one to three working days (not an immediate, automated, computer-generated reply) that lets you know your comments have been received.
 
Mail/fax your comments to:
 
David Morman, Director
Forest Resources Planning Program
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State Street
Salem, OR  97310
FAX: 503-945-7490


More information . . .
 
For more information on the draft 2011 Forestry Program for Oregon, contact:
 
David Morman, Director
Forest Resources Planning Program
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State Street
Salem, OR  97310
PH: 503-945-7413
FAX: 503-945-7490
E-MAIL: dmorman@odf.state.or.us