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Indicators for Strategy A: Laws, policies, education, funding & research supporting Oregon's forests
Background
Sustainable Forest Management Circle Diagram
The three indicators encompassed in Strategy A cross a wide spectrum and serve as a foundation for measuring the management of Oregon’s forests.
 
The ability to measure, monitor, and report on the indicators that have been developed is crucial – and dependent upon stable levels of funding for our natural resource agencies  and Oregon’s research universities and institutions.
 
A sound legal system and effective policies are needed in natural resources – as throughout all of our society.  And cutting-edge science and research on natural resource issues provides the knowledge necessary to adapt and respond to Oregon’s dynamic, ever-changing forest ecosystems.
 
Finally, forest issues are complex, and increasing understanding by Oregon’s citizens will be critical as we discuss and debate the management of Oregon’s forests – one of our most precious and cherished resources. Forest sustainability will depend on all Oregonians, and their knowledge, skill, and ingenuity is needed for the future.

Indicators for Strategy A
A photo overlooking a forested landscape in western Oregon that is being managed as a working forest
A working forest in northwest Oregon
 Strategy A of the Forestry Program for Oregon – “Promote a sound legal system, effective and adequately funded government, leading-edge research, and sound economic policies”, along with the desired trends for each indicator.
  • A.b. Development and maintenance of sustainable forest management knowledge. Are Oregon’s forests managed by knowledgeable natural resource professionals, and do Oregonians have access to information about sustainable forest management - especially students and family forest landowners?
    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.
  • A.c. Compliance with forestry regulations. Are private forest landowners reforesting their lands after timber harvests and complying with other provisions of the Oregon Forest Practices Act?  What is the economic cost to private forest landowners of Forest Practices Act compliance? Are federal land managers in Oregon fully implementing approved management plans?
    Desired trend:
      High levels of compliance with management plan standards and guidelines on Oregon federal forestlands.  High levels of voluntary compliance with Oregon Forest Practices Act requirements for reforestation and other activities on private lands.  Clear public policy expectations for private forest landowners’ contributions to the protection and maintenance of public forest resource values.

Learn More . . .
For more information on Oregon's Indicators of Sustainable Forest Management, contact:
 
Brandon R. Kaetzel, PhD
Principal Forest Economist
Forest Resources Planning Program
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State Street
Salem, OR  97310
PH: 503-945-7413
FAX: 503-945-7490
E-MAIL: bkaetzel@odf.state.or.us
www.oregon.gov/ODF