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Forest Resources Planning Program

Program Mission

Provide objective planning, analysis, and data management to inform and support the Board of Forestry, agency and State of Oregon on policies, science and issues related to Oregon's forests.​     
  • To be a preferred provider of quality forestry related information, policy and planning services for decision makers 
  • To be a catalyst and facilitator for coordinated forest policies between department programs, other agencies and stakeholders
  • To be a champion of the goals for the Board of Forestry and State of Oregon


This is what we do:

The Forest Resources Planning Program acts as the technical and analytical staff to the Department and the Oregon Board of Forestry

It coordinates issues managment with other agencies and jurisdictions, develops analysis, and develops and recommends programs and policies for the Board of Forestry and the Department of Forestry. 

In addition, it provides forestry expertise for Department of Forestry programs and for other state, federal and local agencies and private parties as needed.  Forest Resources Planning activities include data collection and analysis; policy analysis; coordination of strategic planning through the development and administration of the Forestry Program for Oregon

It leads and/or coordinates the analysis of broad foresty or cross-program forest resource policy issues and assists in the development of agency and/or Board positions for state and national issues; and coordinates the development and maintenance of an agency-wide forest resource research and monitoring strategies and positions both within the department as well as with other state and federal agencies and private landowners.

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Annual Timber Harvest Report

The purpose of ODF Annual Reports is to compile timber harvest and forest management data into one consolidated report. These reports allow forestry professionals and the general public to access a wide variety of data sets connected with timber harvesting and other forest practices. The reports indicate who is involved in each activity, as well as the extent of activities performed by each group. This web site allows users to view Annual Reports from 1986 to the present and download selected data from as far back as 1962.

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First Approximation Report



Oregon Forests
The First Approximation Report is Oregon´s Report on the Criteria and Indicators for the Conservation and Sustainable Management of Temperate and Boreal Forests developed through the Montreal Process. The Montreal Process is an internationally sponsored initiative that identified seven criteria as essential components of sustainable forest management. Sixty-seven indicators are used to describe these seven criteria. This report outlines the availability of data needed to describe the indicators.

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Land Use Planning

Land Use Planning Handbook
ODF Land Use Planning Handbook, August 2003 [PDF; 269 KB]

Land Use Planning Notes
A.  Natural Resources Conservation Service Soil Surveys (at: http://websoilsurvey.nrcs.usda.gov/)
B.  Oregon Department of Revenue Western Oregon site class maps (at county tax assessors' offices or at: timber.tax.help@state.or.us)
C.  USDA Forest Service plant association guides (generally useful only for private inholdings on federal land).
D.  Other data sources of comparable quality:
-August 2011 Lane County Soil Ratings for Forestry and Agriculture        
-February 8, 1990, Forest Lands Soils Ratings (Willamette Valley counties)   
January 27, 1989, Forest Lands Soils Ratings (Western Oregon counties)
E.  Alternative methods based on direct tree measurements:  
 Attachment A, Table A: Site index curves for Douglas-fir in the PNW (pdf)
Attachment A, Table B: Yield of even-aged stands of western hemlock (pdf)
Attachment A, Table C: Yield of even-aged stands of ponderosa pine (pdf)
Attachment B: Culmination of mean annual increment for commercial forest trees of Oregon (pdf) 

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Sustainable Forest Indicators Project

In 2003, the Oregon Board of Forestry revised its strategic forest policy document, the Forestry Program for Oregon, and incorporated into state policy an internationally recognized framework for measuring and discussing sustainable forest management.
In March of 2005, the Board of Forestry's ad hoc Sustainable Forest Management Advisory Committee was appointed from a broad range of stakeholders and given the charge to:
1. Coordinate with technical experts to reach both strong policy and technical consensus on a set of recommended sustainable forest management indicators for use in measuring progress towards achieving the goals of the Forestry Program for Oregon.
2. Solicit and summarize broad stakeholder input on both the usefulness of the recommended indicators and potential desired future outcomes for these indicators.
3. Provide advice to the Board of Forestry both on recommended indicators and desired future outcomes.
4. Provide advice to the State Forester on future Forest Assessment Project priorities.
The committee developed indicators for biological diversity, forest ecosystem health, social and economic benefits, forest productive capacity, soil and water resources, and legal and institutional frameworks (matching the seven strategies in the Forestry Program for Oregon).
Additional information about the committee and the project, including background, project planning, committee membership and meeting information, and core indicator development, can be accessed on the web page for the Sustainable Forest Indicators Project.
Now that the indicators have been developed and endorsed by the Oregon Board of Forestry, the next steps will be gathering and reporting data.  This process has begun and reporting information can be accessed on the website for Oregon's Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management.

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PEFC Study of Oregon Forestlands

On April 13, 2006, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) released a report produced by the Pinchot Institute for Conservation entitled Oregon Forestlands and the Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC): An Assessment of the Process and Basic for Eligibility.
The Pinchot Institute Study evaluates the feasilibility of an "Oregon Certification Standard", meaning that wood products grown under the state's current standards for forest management could be endorsed by the international PEFC and be recognized in the global forest products marketplace.
An ODF news release describing the report is also available on the department's "Newsroom" web page.
The Pinchot Institute staff will provide a briefing to the Oregon Board of Forestry at its April 28 business meeting at ODF headquarters in Salem, Oregon
Contact Kevin Birch at 503-945-7405 for more information.
Note:  Below is a link to the report's Appendix 7.3 Reference Matrix.  If you are considering printing this appendix, be advised that it is a PDF file, 112 pages, and pages 2 through 112 are formatted for legal-sized (11"x14") paper. 
Appendix 7.3 Reference Matrix [PDF, 112 pages, pages 2-112 formatted for 11"x14" paper]

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The Forest Assessment

Oregon Timber Harvests
Oregon's Timber Harvests: 1849-2004 [PDF 1.66MB; 163 pages]

Interagency Mapping and Assessment
Draft Interagency Mapping and Assessment Project Study Plan [pdf; 2.09 MB; 140 pages]

Metro Reserves Forestland Analysis
Oregon Department of Forestry Metro Reserves Forestland Analysis
[PDF; 8 pages; 14,253 KB] 
Developable Data Dictionary [PDF; 1 page; 10 KB] 

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Forests, Farms & People

Forest Land Base Changes
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Forest Biomass and Senate Bill 1072

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Dynamic Forest Ecosystems

The Department of Forestry hosted a meeting to fulfill a request by the Global Warming Commission

s Natural Resource subcommittee to engage stakeholders in dialogue, to gain a broad perspective on the issues of forests and their relationship to global warming, and solicit input on recommendations to the Commission.  Several speakers were asked to address what efforts are occurring that involve forests in global warming issues, where are there gaps, what are the priority recommendations.  Subcommittee co-chair Marvin Brown developed the meeting summary and draft recommendations.  Speakers and topics included:

  • Dr. Hal Salwasser and Dr. Edie Sonne Hall, the big picture relationship between forests and climate change
  • Dr. Elaine Oneal, review of research conducted by the Consortium for Research on Renewable Industrial Materials (CORRIM)
  • Scott Fogarty, role of urban forests and green space in mitigation
  • Finds from the Department of Forestry's Biomass Working Group
  • Dr. Andrew Yost, changes in plant and animal species and habitat distributions

The Summary report concludes with a final set of additional recommendations on improving federal forest management, adaptive management, reducing risk of fire.

Global Warming and Forestry - 2009 - Agenda Report to The Oregon Global Warming Commission

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Carbon Estimates of Forest Biomass for the Clatsop State Forest

Oregon's forest cluster faces fierce global competition and Oregon is losing wood products manufacturing facilities for a variety of reasons.  The forest cluster may soon no longer be able to significantly contribute to rural economies; provide the people, equipment, and wood products market access necessary to maintain the economic viability of private forestland ownership; or provide the infrastructure needed to restore overstocked forests susceptible to uncharacteristic wildfire and forest health risks. In the midst of this crisis, the State of Oregon lacks a clear, broadly accepted strategy for revitalizing and maintaining its forest cluster firms and organizations.
In November, 2007, the chairs of the Oregon Economic and Community Development Commission, Oregon Board of Forestry, Oregon Forest Resources Institute Board, and Dean of the Oregon State University College of Forestry/Director of the Oregon Forest Research Laboratory signed a joint resolution to set Oregon on a path to craft a comprehensive new forest cluster economic development strategy. The resolution directs the Oregon Economic and Community Development Department (OECDD), Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI), and the Oregon State University College of Forestry/Oregon Forest Research Laboratory (OSU) to work together to recommend a strategy and also recommend how best to build the organizational capacity within state government to play its role in successfully carrying out the strategy.  The goal and objectives for the proposed strategy are provided in the resolution.  An accompanying memorandum of agreement signed by the four agency directors provides more details on the actions to be accomplished.
More information on the strategy and actions, the Interagency Team and it's work, and additional resources, visit the departrment's Oregon Forest Cluster Strategy web page.

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