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The Oregon Forest Atlas 2010 is available online
May 21, 2010
Contact: Kevin Weeks (503) 945-7427
 
Nearly half of the state of Oregon is covered in forest. Maybe you’ve wondered about our forests and asked questions such as these:
  • How much of the state’s forest land is owned by the federal government, wood products companies or family woodland owners?
  • How much of the state is set aside for either conservation or wilderness land?
  • How much Oregon forest has been damaged by wildlife, insects or tree diseases?
 
You can find answers to these questions, and many others, through the Oregon Forest Atlas 2010 project, recently released on the Oregon Department of Forestry’s web site. 
 
Oregon’s forests are considerable – covering 30,472,000 acres within the ninth-largest U.S. state, making Oregon the second-most forested state by acreage in the country (behind Alaska). In addition to the first group of 32 statewide maps (many of which also feature map ‘zoom-ins’ of particular regions of the state) released in April 2010, the dynamic nature of the web-based atlas allows for new maps using different data sets to be developed and provided on the web site.
 
Maps developed for the Oregon Forest Atlas 2010 use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data obtained from several sources, including the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station, Oregon State University and the Oregon Department of Forestry. The Forest Atlas 2010 was created by the Oregon Department of Forestry as a public education product of the Statewide Forest Assessment and Resource Strategy, which is designed to identify Oregon’s current forest resources, develop a strategy for managing forests that are identified as priority areas in the state, and report on the effectiveness of how federal resources were used.
 
The Oregon Forest Atlas 2010 maps form an ideal research tool, either for personal interest and awareness about Oregon forests or educational projects such as school science presentations, conversations about conservation projects in local communities or discussions about ecosystems and habitats.
 
Data contained within the Oregon Forest Atlas 2010 maps do come with limitations, including some data models relying on site information at least one year old and even in instances where satellite imagery is used, maps do not necessarily reflect conditions at a fine-detail level. Forest Atlas maps are not intended for legal, engineering or surveying purposes.
 
The Oregon Department of Forestry provides a diverse range of services to Oregon’s public, including forestry landowner assistance and rules providing natural resource protection on 12 million acres of private and state-owned forest, management of 848,000 acres of State Forests and fire protection on 15.8 million acres of forest land, most of it privately owned.
 
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Direct website link for the Forest Atlas:
http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/RESOURCE_PLANNING/forestatlas.shtml