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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. 
Mission Statement
To serve the people of Oregon by protecting, managing, and promoting stewardship of Oregon's forests to enhance environmental, economic, and community sustainability.
Annual Performance Measures

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 848,000 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's Acting State Forester Nancy Hirsch
Nancy Hirsch was appointed by the Oregon Board of Forestry as Acting State Forester on October 19, 2010. 
She has worked for the Oregon Department of Forestry for over twenty years in a variety of positions in many different field offices with a primary focus on state forests management.  In 2002, she transferred from a district forester positions to the State Forests Division Operations Manager position in Salem.  Since that time, she has held a variety of psotions on the State Forests Management Team and was appointed Chief of the State Forests Division in 2008.
 Photo of Oregon State Forester Marvin Brown
Oregon Department of Forestry Organization Chart [2 pages; PDF]
More information about the Oregon Department of Forestry's organization, including strategic planning, 2009-11 budget development, 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 786,000 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.