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Data Information and Reporting for Indicator B.a.
Oregon Indicator of Sustainable Forest Management B.a.
Forest-related revenues supporting state and local government public services
 

Forestry Program for Oregon Strategy B:
Indicator B.a. is one of four indicators that will measure progress towards achieving Forestry Program for Oregon Strategy B: Ensure that Oregon's forests provide diverse social and economic outputs and benefits valued by the public in a fair, balanced, and efficient manner.
 
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Desired trend:
Forest-related revenues are a significant and predictable funding source for Oregon state and local government public services dependent on those revenues.

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

Condition:Trend:Information:
Mixed
Deteriorating
Adequate
Mixed 
Deteriorating 
Adequate 

Why is this indicator important?
Oak flooring produced as a by-product of a sustainably-managed forest west of Salem
Oak flooring produced from a sustainably-managed forest
Revenue adequate to operate high-quality schools and other public services by counties and other local governments, and to provide state government public services is very important to Oregonians.  Decades long declines in natural-resource based industries have constrained the abilities of rural counties and local governments to provide needed public services, and have made it more difficult to fund environmental protection and forestry research.
 
Trends in forest-related revenues supporting state and local government public services is an important indicator because of the essential roles these revenues currently play in maintaining and enhancing the quality of schools and other government programs, and because of the uncertainty of continuation of adequate funding to provide these services.

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

 Mixed
Mixed

Approximately $400 million dollars per year of forest-related revenues are being distributed to state and local governments in Oregon. These revenues support public services such as education, public safety, environmental protection, and forestry research.
 
A large proportion of forest-related revenues are distributed to rural counties, which helps offset declines in economic growth partially caused by declines in natural resource-based industries. More than half of the revenue distributed is authorized by the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act.
 
Condition is classified as good, but with reservations. Please see "Trend" (below). Numerical targets would be useful to better evaluate the state of this indicator.

Trend:

 Deteriorating
Deteriorating
Forest-related revenue distributions to state and local governments in Oregon have increased significantly over the last decade. These revenues have offset declines in timber harvest-related revenue sharing from federal forests.
 
It is uncertain that current levels of these distributions will be maintained. Given other federal budget priorities, there is uncertainty over whether levels of funding in the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act will be maintained. Distributions from the Secure Rural Schools program (PL 110-343) are declining and the program is set to expire in September 2011.  Many members of Congress have encouraged the administration to re-authorize the program, but no commitments have been made and it is uncertain whether this source of funding will be maintained.  Oregon's forest industry is also currently feeling the effects of a nationwide downturn in the economy and housing market. With less timber being harvested and with lower stumpage prices, there will be less harvest tax, weight-mile tax, and other timber harvest-related revenues distributed.

Information:

 Symbol: Adequate
Adequate
Statewide information is available for this indicator. The data are current and regularly updated from reliable referenced sources.
 
Complete information is not available for years before 2000, for smaller geographic areas, from revenues derived from recreation, water, and other forest resources, and from forest-related state personal income tax revenues.

Types of information produced by this indicator
This indicator will produce tabular and graphical information on historical and current trends in selected forest-related revenues to state and local governments in Oregon.  These revenues support public services such as education, public safety, environmental protection, and forestry research.

Report: Oregon Forest Revenues, 1994-2009
Chart showing Oregon Forest Revenues from 1994-2009
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Printable chart [PDF; 102 KB]
 

Evaluation by the Oregon Roundtable on Sustainable Forests on this indicator
Initial Roundtable evaluation of Indicator B.a.: Forest-related revenues supporting state and local government public services


Metrics and Data Sources


Metric
Data Source
Payments related to National Forests, including Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act payments and National Forest timber harvest paymentsU.S. Forest Service
Payments related to BLM forests including Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act payments, O&C grant lands timber harvest payments, and forest-related payments in lieu of taxesBureau of Land Management

Board of Forestry payments to counties and local taxing districts Oregon Department of Forestry
Common School Fund paymentsOregon Department of Forestry

County forest revenues Oregon's counties
Forest land and mill property taxes and fire protection levies
Oregon Department of Revenue
Harvest tax Oregon Department of Revenue
Weight-mile taxOregon Department of Revenue

Corporate income and excise taxOregon Department of Revenue

Related State, National, or International Indicators
  • Canadian Council of Forest Ministers: Criterion 5: social and economics benefits: Indicator 5.2.1, Distribution of financial benefits from the timber industry
  • Montreal Process: Criterion 6 - Maintenance and enhancements of long-term multiple socio-economic benefits to meet the needs of societies: 2010 Indicator 40: Distribution of revenues derived from forest management