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Data Information and Reporting for Indicator A.b.
Oregon Indicator of Sustainable Forest Management A.b.
Development and maintenance of sustainable forest management knowledge
 

Forestry Program for Oregon Strategy A:
Indicator A.b. is one of three indicators that will measure progress towards achieving Forestry Program for Oregon Strategy A: Promote a sound legal system, effective and adequately funded government, leading-edge research, and sound economic policies.
 
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Desired trend:
Oregon student and family forest landowner participation in forest education programs is increasing, and forest resource research funding, higher education forest resource instruction, natural resource professional society membership, and forestry extension staffing are maintained or increasing.

At-a-Glance: Condition, Trend, and Information

Condition:Trend:Information:
Symbol for Mixed or Fair Condition
Symbol for Uncertain Trend
Symbol for Partial Information
Mixed or Fair
Uncertain
Partial 

Why is this indicator important?
This is a photo of schoolkids at the Santiam River enjoying learning about the forest
Schoolkids enjoying learning about the Santiam State Forest
Management practices that determine forest sustainability depend largely upon an informed citizenry and human skill and ingenuity. It is important to improve public understanding of forest ecosystems and the complex issues regarding our forest resource management. If citizens are well informed, they in all likelihood will have expectations that are consistent with the sustainability of forest resources, and will take actions individually and collectively that are compatible with principles of sustainability.
 
Providing multiple opportunities for experiential learning in forests, complemented by hands on classroom activities, enable and encourage students to become active participants in their local communities and help interested young people pursue academic and professional careers in the sciences and natural resources.
 
A wide range of disciplines and skills is necessary to implement sustainable forest management actions, including not only the traditional scientific disciplines of forestry, botany, wildlife biology, and ecology, but also the social sciences of economics, geography, and civics and government. Human resources in the form of high quality, adequately trained and equipped scientists, land managers, forest workers, and government program administrators provide essential links in ensuring sustainable forest management objectives are achieved.

What does this indicator tell us about sustainable forest management?
Condition:

 
Mixed or Fair

Oregon schools, forest landowners, and other organizations provide a wide diversity of “in the woods” forestry education program opportunities for K-12 students.  Student participation in such programs can be significantly increased.
 
Oregon is fortunate to have a world-class College of Forestry, forestry extension programs in many Oregon counties, and community college forestry instruction.  Forestry research through the College of Forestry and the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station directly influences our understanding of Oregon’s forest ecosystems and resources and contributes to sustainable forest management both in Oregon and beyond the state’s borders.  Oregon’s forest resources are studied, managed, and protected by a larger number of professionally trained scientists, natural resource managers, and operators.
 
Many family forest landowners have sought and obtained a high level of forest management knowledge; however a significant number of family forest landowners still lack basic forest management planning for their properties.

Trend:
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Uncertain
More data are needed to establish trends for K-12 student participation in forestry programs with a field component and for Oregon members of natural resource professional societies.
 
The number of Oregon public university and community college resident faculty engaged in forest resources instruction and forestry extension has remained stable in recent years.
 
The number of family forest landowners obtaining Master Woodland Manager status or similar advanced management training continues to increase at a modest rate. 
 
Combined funding for forestry research at Oregon State University and the Pacific Northwest Research Station has remained relatively stable over the past two fiscal years.  However, some budgeted funds for the Research Station have been reallocated for USDA Forest Service wildfire suppression in recent years.  Therefore, the data may overstate funding actually available for forest research.

Information

 
Partial
It is likely that the indicator under-reports the number of existing K-12 forestry programs with a field component.  It is hoped that publication of this initial indicator data will result in more comprehensive future reporting.  Data are complete and adequate for establishing short term trends for:
  • Oregon public university and community college resident faculty engaged in forest resources instruction and forestry extension;
  • The number of family forest landowners obtaining Master Woodland Manager status or similar advanced management training;
  • Funding for forestry research at Oregon State University and the Pacific Northwest Research Station.
 
Data are approximate for the number of Oregon members of natural resource professional societies and trend data is not yet available.

Types of information produced by this indicator
This indicator will produce a tabular report on trends in public and professional education and research related to sustainable forest resource management.

Report: K-12 Student Participation in Forest Education

Metric: K-12 Student Participation in
 Forest Education Programs
 with a Field Component
Number of Students in
the 2006-2007 School Year
Tillamook Forest Center
3,614
Rediscovering Oregon's Forests -
Oregon Forest Resources Institute
3,640
Forest Field Day -
Forests Today and Forever 
1,100
Trail in the Woods - Starker Forests
600
Tree Planting Day - Starker Forests 
150
Outdoor School in the Woods -
Starker Forests
900
Spring Field Day - 1 in the Woods -
Starker Forests
500
Spring Field Day - 2 in the Woods -
Starker Forests
200
Youth Forestry Program -
Douglas County 4-H
143
Klamath Outdoor Science School
467
Walks and Talks - World Forestry Center 
1,966
Saturday Forestry - World Forestry Center 
322
Hopkins Demonstration Forest 
1,000
Port Blakely Tree Farms 
591
Science in the Forest - Wolftree 
1,379
Santiam State Forest - 
Oregon Department of Forestry 
2,200
Fired Up About Oregon's Forests -
High Desert Museum 
716
Riparian Forest Inquiry -
Jackson Bottom Wetlands 
292
Oregon K-4 Grade Outdoor Schools 2006 
1,037
Oregon 5-6 Grade Outdoor Schools 2006 
9,867
Oregon Grade 7 Outdoor Schools 2006 
255
Oregon Grade 8 Outdoor Schools 2006 
50
Oregon Grade 9 Outdoor Schools 2006 
5
Oregon Grade 10 Outdoor Schools 2006 
13
Oregon Grade 11 Outdoor Schools 2006 
15
Oregon Grade 12 Outdoor Schools 2006 
14
Total:
31,036
 
*For comparison, total K-12 public school enrollment during 2006-2007 was approximately 559,000.
 
Data sources:  Oregon Forest Resources Institute and other listed organizations

Report: Number of Oregon University and Community College Resident Faculty
Chart: Number of Oregon Public University and Community College Resident Faculty Full-Time Equivalents in Forest Resources Instruction and Forestry Extension
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Report: Total Expenditures in Oregon on Forest Resource Research
Chart: Total Expenditures in Oregon on Forest Resource Research
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Report: Oregon Members of Natural Resource Professional Societies in 2006
Chart: Approximate Number of Oregon Members of Natural Resource Professional Societies in 2006
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Report: Oregon Family Forest Landowners Obtaining Training
Chart: Oregon Family Forest Landowners Obtaining Master Woodland Manager Status or Similar Advanced Management Training
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Metrics and Data Sources


Metric
Data Source
Student participation in K-12 forest education programs with a field componentOregon Forest Resources Institute and other listed organizations
Oregon Public University and Community College resident faculty FTE engaged in Forest Resources instruction and Forestry extension Oregon University System
Oregon Department of Education
Expenditures on forest resource researchOregon State University
U.S. Forest Service
Number of Oregon members of natural resource professional societies 
  • Association of Consulting Foresters of America
  • Wildlife Society
  • American Fisheries Society
  • Ecology Society of America
  • Associated Oregon Loggers Certified Professional Foresters
  • Society of American Foresters
Number of Oregon Family Forest Landowners Obtaining Master Woodland Manager Status or Similar Advanced Management TrainingOregon State University Forestry Extension


Evaluation by the Oregon Roundtable on Sustainable Forests on this indicator

Related State, National, or International Indicators
  • Montreal Process: Criterion 7 - Legal, Institutional, and Economic Framework for Forest Conservation and Sustainable Management: 
    •  2003 Indicator 53 (2010 Indicator 50): Extent to which institutional framework supports including the capacity to provide for public involvement activities and public education, awareness, and extension programs, and make available forest related information
    • 2003 Indicator 55 (2010 Indicator 52): Extent to Which the Institutional Framework Supports the Conservation and Sustainable Management of Forests, Including the Capacity to Develop and Maintain Human Resource Skills Across Relevant Disciplines