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Forest Resources Planning Program

Program Mission

To lead strategic planning, to provide credible and objective analyses for the Board of Forestry and the Department of Forestry, and to actively promote policies that encourage sustainable forest management and further the objectives, policies, and programs of the Forestry Program for Oregon and all Oregon forestlands.      
  • To be the preferred provider of quality information, policy, planning services, and visionary ideas for forestry decision makers in Oregon
  • To be the catalyst and facilitator for coordinated forest policies between department programs and field personnel
  • To be a champion for the goals of the Forestry Program for Oregon 

 This is what we do:

  • One of the goals of the Oregon Department of Forestry´s Forest Resources Planning program is to assist the Board of Forestry in revising the Forestry Program for Oregon and emphasize sustainability as a Board of Forestry goal. Towards this goal we undertake and assist in projects such as the Forest Assessment Project which culminated in the 2001 Symposium held in October at Oregon State University and the recently released Forest, Farms, and People: Land Use Change on Non-Federal Land in Western Oregon 1973-2000. Currently we are undertaking a similar project covering Eastern Oregon, which will, when completed, provide information on land use activities for all of Oregon.
  • We work in cooperation with other state and federal programs in promoting Board of Forestry policies.
  • Our program strives to provide quality information, policy and planning services as well as visionary ideas for forestry decision makers. This includes providing feedback and ideas to the Board of Forestry and direct interaction with state legislators.
  • We work closely with other Oregon Department of Forestry programs in creating strategic goals and plans.
  • With the adoption of sustainable forest manage as a goal by the Board of Forestry, we are developing technical and policy tools to help Oregon achieve this goal. 
  • Additionally, we develop landscape-scale monitoring tools using the core indicators of sustainability to aid in the implementation of sustainable forestry.

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Annual Timber Harvest Report

The purpose of ODF Annual Reports is to compile timber harvest and forest management data into one consolidated report. These reports allow forestry professionals and the general public to access a wide variety of data sets connected with timber harvesting and other forest practices. The reports indicate who is involved in each activity, as well as the extent of activities performed by each group. This web site allows users to view Annual Reports from 1986 to the present and download selected data from as far back as 1962.

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First Approximation Report



Oregon Forests
The First Approximation Report is Oregon´s Report on the Criteria and Indicators for the Conservation and Sustainable Management of Temperate and Boreal Forests developed through the Montreal Process. The Montreal Process is an internationally sponsored initiative that identified seven criteria as essential components of sustainable forest management. Sixty-seven indicators are used to describe these seven criteria. This report outlines the availability of data needed to describe the indicators.

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Land Use Planning

Land Use Planning Handbook
ODF Land Use Planning Handbook, August 2003 [PDF; 269 KB]

Land Use Planning Notes
A.  Natural Resources Conservation Service Soil Surveys (at: http://websoilsurvey.nrcs.usda.gov/)
B.  Oregon Department of Revenue Western Oregon site class maps (at county tax assessors' offices or at: timber.tax.help@state.or.us)
C.  USDA Forest Service plant association guides (generally useful only for private inholdings on federal land).
D.  Other data sources of comparable quality:
-August 2011 Lane County Soil Ratings for Forestry and Agriculture        
-February 8, 1990, Forest Lands Soils Ratings (Willamette Valley counties)   
January 27, 1989, Forest Lands Soils Ratings (Western Oregon counties)
E.  Alternative methods based on direct tree measurements:  
 Attachment A, Table A: Site index curves for Douglas-fir in the PNW (pdf)
Attachment A, Table B: Yield of even-aged stands of western hemlock (pdf)
Attachment A, Table C: Yield of even-aged stands of ponderosa pine (pdf)
Attachment B: Culmination of mean annual increment for commercial forest trees of Oregon (pdf) 

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Sustainable Forest Indicators Project

In 2003, the Oregon Board of Forestry revised its strategic forest policy document, the Forestry Program for Oregon, and incorporated into state policy an internationally recognized framework for measuring and discussing sustainable forest management.
In March of 2005, the Board of Forestry's ad hoc Sustainable Forest Management Advisory Committee was appointed from a broad range of stakeholders and given the charge to:
1. Coordinate with technical experts to reach both strong policy and technical consensus on a set of recommended sustainable forest management indicators for use in measuring progress towards achieving the goals of the Forestry Program for Oregon.
2. Solicit and summarize broad stakeholder input on both the usefulness of the recommended indicators and potential desired future outcomes for these indicators.
3. Provide advice to the Board of Forestry both on recommended indicators and desired future outcomes.
4. Provide advice to the State Forester on future Forest Assessment Project priorities.
The committee developed indicators for biological diversity, forest ecosystem health, social and economic benefits, forest productive capacity, soil and water resources, and legal and institutional frameworks (matching the seven strategies in the Forestry Program for Oregon).
Additional information about the committee and the project, including background, project planning, committee membership and meeting information, and core indicator development, can be accessed on the web page for the Sustainable Forest Indicators Project.
Now that the indicators have been developed and endorsed by the Oregon Board of Forestry, the next steps will be gathering and reporting data.  This process has begun and reporting information can be accessed on the website for Oregon's Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management.

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PEFC Study of Oregon Forestlands

On April 13, 2006, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) released a report produced by the Pinchot Institute for Conservation entitled Oregon Forestlands and the Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC): An Assessment of the Process and Basic for Eligibility.
The Pinchot Institute Study evaluates the feasilibility of an "Oregon Certification Standard", meaning that wood products grown under the state's current standards for forest management could be endorsed by the international PEFC and be recognized in the global forest products marketplace.
An ODF news release describing the report is also available on the department's "Newsroom" web page.
The Pinchot Institute staff will provide a briefing to the Oregon Board of Forestry at its April 28 business meeting at ODF headquarters in Salem, Oregon
Contact David Morman at or 503-945-7405 for more information.
Note:  Below is a link to the report's Appendix 7.3 Reference Matrix.  If you are considering printing this appendix, be advised that it is a PDF file, 112 pages, and pages 2 through 112 are formatted for legal-sized (11"x14") paper. 
Appendix 7.3 Reference Matrix [PDF, 112 pages, pages 2-112 formatted for 11"x14" paper]

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The Forest Assessment

Climate Change

The Department of Forestry hosted a meeting to fulfill a request by the Global Warming Commission

s Natural Resource subcommittee to engage stakeholders in dialogue, to gain a broad perspective on the issues of forests and their relationship to global warming, and solicit input on recommendations to the Commission.  Several speakers were asked to address what efforts are occurring that involve forests in global warming issues, where are there gaps, what are the priority recommendations.  Subcommittee co-chair Marvin Brown developed the meeting summary and draft recommendations.  Speakers and topics included:

  • Dr. Hal Salwasser and Dr. Edie Sonne Hall, the big picture relationship between forests and climate change
  • Dr. Elaine Oneal, review of research conducted by the Consortium for Research on Renewable Industrial Materials (CORRIM)
  • Scott Fogarty, role of urban forests and green space in mitigation
  • Finds from the Department of Forestry's Biomass Working Group
  • Dr. Andrew Yost, changes in plant and animal species and habitat distributions

The Summary report concludes with a final set of additional recommendations on improving federal forest management, adaptive management, reducing risk of fire.

Global Warming and Forestry - 2009 - Agenda Report to The Oregon Global Warming Commission

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Oregon Forest Cluster Strategy Project

Oregon's forest cluster faces fierce global competition and Oregon is losing wood products manufacturing facilities for a variety of reasons.  The forest cluster may soon no longer be able to significantly contribute to rural economies; provide the people, equipment, and wood products market access necessary to maintain the economic viability of private forestland ownership; or provide the infrastructure needed to restore overstocked forests susceptible to uncharacteristic wildfire and forest health risks. In the midst of this crisis, the State of Oregon lacks a clear, broadly accepted strategy for revitalizing and maintaining its forest cluster firms and organizations.
In November, 2007, the chairs of the Oregon Economic and Community Development Commission, Oregon Board of Forestry, Oregon Forest Resources Institute Board, and Dean of the Oregon State University College of Forestry/Director of the Oregon Forest Research Laboratory signed a joint resolution to set Oregon on a path to craft a comprehensive new forest cluster economic development strategy. The resolution directs the Oregon Economic and Community Development Department (OECDD), Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI), and the Oregon State University College of Forestry/Oregon Forest Research Laboratory (OSU) to work together to recommend a strategy and also recommend how best to build the organizational capacity within state government to play its role in successfully carrying out the strategy.  The goal and objectives for the proposed strategy are provided in the resolution.  An accompanying memorandum of agreement signed by the four agency directors provides more details on the actions to be accomplished.
More information on the strategy and actions, the Interagency Team and it's work, and additional resources, visit the departrment's Oregon Forest Cluster Strategy web page.

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Forest Biomass and Senate Bill 1072

Concerned about the health of Oregon's forestlands, increasingly large and frequent wildfires - and associated expenditures and impacts, the 2005 Oregon Legislature passed Senate Bill 1172 (Chapter 772, Oregon Laws 2005) as part of broader efforts to reduce wildfire fuels, and to promote the health of forests and rural economies via active management.  Key elements of Senate Bill 1072 direct the State Forester to:
  • Become more involved in federal forestland policy development to improve forest conditions on federal lands.  This direction is being met through the work of the Oregon Board of Forestry's Federal Forestlands Advisory Committee.
  • Identify areas of interface between urban lands and forestlands that possess the highest potential to threaten lives and private property.  This direction is being met through the work of the department in Community Wildfire Protection Planning.
  • Support efforts to build, and place in service, biomass-fueled energy production facilities, while promoting public understanding that woody biomass utilization may be an effective tool for restoration of forest health and for economic development in rural communities.  This work is being accomplished by the Oregon Forest Biomass Work Group).
  • Prepare a report ever three years utilizing, to the greatest extent practicable, data collected from state and federal sources that specify the effect of woody biomass collection and conversion on the plant and wildlife resources and on the air and water quality of this state.  The report shall identify any changes that the State Forester determines are necesary to encourage woody biomass collection and conversion and to avoid negative effects on the environment from woody biomass collection and conversion.  The State Forester shall submit the report to the Governor and to an appropriate legislative interim committee with jurisdiction over forestry issues.  This work is being accomplished through the issuance of the first report in December 2008 and future reports that will be completed every three years.
Environmental Effects of Forest Biomass Removal (December 1, 2008) [PDF; 79 pages; 1304 KB]
2011 Report Update: Environmental Effects of Woody Biomass Collection and Conversion (November 1, 2011) [PDF; 81 pages; 1.34 MB]
For more information on the Oregon Department of Forestry's work on forest biomass, contact:
Forest Resources Planning Program
Kevin Birch, Program Director 
Oregon Department of Forestry
PH: 503-945-7405

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Dynamic Forest Ecosystems

Policy workshop to examine forest management and ecosystem dynamics
Oregon’s forest ecosystems are ever-changing, driven by a wide range of natural processes and disturbances. But our approaches to managing them are often based on a more static view of nature as unchanging, or at least predictable. The Oregon Board of Forestry has implemented a Dynamic Forest Ecosystems Work Plan with a goal of promoting the science, information acquisition, and analysis systems that are essential for developing sound natural resource policies that sustain and enhance the health of Oregon's forest ecosystems, watersheds, and airsheds within a context of natural disturbance and active management. The issue is also included in the Board’s strategic plan, the Forestry Program for Oregon.
In late 2007, the Oregon Department of Forestry entered into an agreement with the Oregon Institute for Natural Resources (INR) to conduct an Ecosystems Dynamics Policy Study. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality also assisted in planning this work.
Through the development of a synthesis paper, INR first examined experiences with various approaches to integrating ecosystem dynamics science into forest management in order to identify successes, drawbacks, and unintended consequences. Through four public seminars conducted in the winter and spring of 2009, the INR scientists presented research findings relevant to framing forest management policies that embody current understanding of forest ecosystem dynamics.
In September 2009, the Board of Forestry hosted a summit policy workshop to consider the collective wisdom that had emerged from the INR synthesis paper, the four seminars, and the subsequent on-line discussions. Participants considered future policy frameworks for addressing the management of dynamic forest landscapes. Specific policy change options for Oregon Department of Forestry programs were presented and discussed. In addition to the Board of Forestry, other state natural resource board and commission members, state and federal natural resource executives, tribal representatives, forest landowner representatives, forestry interest group representatives, and key scientists attended.
Subsequent to the workshop, in December 2009, INR submitted the following final report and appendices:
The following INR Study products are also available: 
For comments or questions on the Dynamic Forest Ecosystems Project, contact Andrew Yost, Oregon Department of Forestry Forest Ecologist, at 503-945-7410 or ayost@odf.state.or.us.   

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Carbon Estimates of Forest Biomass for the Clatsop State Forest

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