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Indicators for Strategy B: The Social and Economic Benefits of Oregon's Forests
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Sustainable Forest Management Circle Diagram
These indicators will measure the crucial social and economic benefits that Oregon’s forests provide for all Oregonians, including the health of the forest products industry in Oregon’s economy and also in the overall global marketplace and non-traditionally measured benefits – and increasingly important “ecosystem services”.
 
Historically, Oregon’s forest industry has provided revenues for Oregon’s schools, roads, and other infrastructure, in addition to much-needed family wage jobs – particularly in Oregon’s rural communities.  This industry has been crucial to Oregon’s economy and Oregon’s overall forest products sector continues to enhance and diversify Oregon’s economy.  Even with reduced historical harvest levels, Oregon leads the United States producing lumber.  Currently, Oregon’s forest sector – including indirect economic effects – provides nine percent of Oregon’s jobs, ten percent of the state’s labor income, and eleven percent of the state’s economic output.  We need to fully understand and measure the health and sustainability of this sector, and its prospects for the future.  This includes understanding the long-term trends in sales and forest industry infrastructure that indicate the health of the industry and our ability for this industry to compete in the world’s markets.
 
We also need to expand the notion of how we think about “economics” – including the benefits that other forest-related activities provide – non-commodity contributions to our state and local communities, and that represent Oregon’s overall quality of life.  These ecosystem services – such as clean water, fish habitat, and scenery – are often taken for granted because they are not part of the traditional economic markets and, as such, have no “price” and are provided for “free”. However, these assets are invaluable and would cost millions, if not billions, to replace.  These and other associated values also help attract desirable business, industry, and skilled workers to Oregon, contributing even further to Oregon’s overall economy and the health of all of Oregon’s communities.

Indicators for Strategy B
A logging truck with a full load of logs
The following indicators have been approved to measure the progress towards achieving Strategy B of the Forestry Program for Oregon – “Ensure that Oregon’s forests provide diverse social and economic outputs and benefits by the public in a fair, balanced, and efficient manner”, along with the desired trends for each indicator.

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For more information on Oregon's Indicators of Sustainable Forest Management, contact:
 
Brandon R. Kaetzel, PhD
Principal Forest Economist
Forest Resources Planning Program
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State Street
Salem, OR  97310
PH: 503-945-7413
FAX: 503-945-7490
E-MAIL: bkaetzel@odf.state.or.us
www.oregon.gov/ODF