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Committee for Family Forestlands

About Us

CFF meeting September 2010  
Why have a Committee for Family Forestlands (CFF)?
Family forestlands represent significant ecological diversity and value in Oregon and contribute much to the sustainability of our forests. Located primarily near cities, suburbs and more densely populated rural areas, family forestlands are at higher risk of being converted to development and industrial lands. Also, more than one-third of Oregon’s family forestland owners are retired and another 25% will reach retirement age in the next ten years. There is increasing concern that the children of family forestland owners will not have the time, means, or desire to keep their forestland "in the family."
The issues affecting family forestland owners are becoming increasingly complex. Globalization and limited access to timber markets, shifting ownership patterns and populations, and changing tax programs, regulations and social values about forests are just a few of the concerns on the minds of family forestland owners and policymakers.
Oregon Forestland Ownership Map (2.3 MB)
OFRI Family Forestlands Survey Summary (pdf)
Summary sent to participants in the 2001 Family Forestlands Symposium at OSU (pdf)




The committee is comprised of 12 members: 
Seven voting members:

  • Four family forestland owners: one from each of the Department of Forestry’s three administrative regions and one at-large.
  • One forest industry representative.
  • One environmental community representative.
  • One citizen-at-large (preferably, this member shall serve as committee chairperson).
  • Small forestland owners group.
Five ex-officio members:
  • Oregon State University College of Forestry
  • State Forester Representative
  • Oregon Forest Resources Institute
  • Public Land Manager
  • Representative of forestry interest or consulting group

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Accomplishments & Policy Statements

(Details of committee accomplishments can be found in the Annual Reports listed below.) 

Annual Reports to Board of Forestry

Policy Statements 



Reference Materials

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Meetings are generally held at the Dept. of Forestry Headquarters, 2600 State Street, Salem. Please call for questions regarding the meeting location, or for assistance in attending this public meeting:

Susan Dominique

503-945-7502 sdominique@odf.state.or.us


Upcoming Meeting Dates: 
September 22, 2015

Past Meeting Minutes:  (pdf)

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Contact Us

Let us hear from you!
Committee members closely monitor the effects of policy changes and other actions that affect family forestland owners and help develop policy, as necessary. They also help define the role family forestland owners play in sustaining Oregon’s forests, restoring salmon, and improving watersheds and the availability of timber. Their guidance is very helpful in determining the type and level of assistance family forestland owners need.
Please join in the discussion about Oregon´s private forests by providing your input to the Committee. 

You can e-mail comments to Susan Dominique
Written comments may be addressed to:

Committee for Family Forestlands
Attention: Susan Dominique

Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State Street, Bldg. D
Salem, OR  97310

For more information about the Committee for Family Forestlands, call (503) 945-7427.

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