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Indicators for Strategy F: The Health of Oregon's Forests
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Sustainable Forest Management Circle Diagram
Oregonians value healthy forests that provide the full range of goods, services, and ecosystem benefits healthy forests should provide.  While fire, native insects, and plant diseases are natural components of healthy forest ecosystems, insects and diseases, invasive species, exotic pests, and dangerous fuel conditions need to be monitored so that action can be considered to address threats to the forests that we value.
 
Invasive species – such as Scotch broom, Himalayan blackberry, false brome, and others – are a major threat to the native species found in Oregon’s forests, adversely affecting diversity, habitat, and populations.  Exotic pests can also have significant economic impacts through crop damage and the loss of markets through quarantines.  Monitoring the status of these invasive pests, can provide an early warning about their threat to Oregon’s native and urban forests.
 
Wildfires are an historic, natural occurrence in Oregon’s forests.  However, in some areas of the state, unnatural fuel build-ups have increased the risk of uncharacteristically intense wildfire.  In other places – such as throughout Oregon’s wildland-urban interfaces – even historically normal fires may have become economically and socially unacceptable.  We need to monitor the fire conditions across Oregon’s forestlands. These indicators will tell us the scale of the forest fuel problem, and the rate of fuels treatments in areas of particular risk to social and economic values.

Indicators for Strategy F
A photo of a Butterfly Bush - an invasive plant species in Oregon
Butterfly Bush - an invasive plant species in Oregon
The following indicators have been approved to measure the progress towards achieving Strategy F of the Forestry Program for Oregon – “Protect, maintain, and enhance the health of Oregon's forest ecosystems, watersheds, and airsheds within a context of natural disturbance and active management”, along with the desired trends for each indicator.
  • F.b. Invasive species trends on forestlands
    Desired trend:  No invasive species on Oregon’s 100 most dangerous list are uncontained in the state’s forests, and a stable or decreasing forest acreage is affected by invasive species.

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