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Welcome to the Oregon Department of Forestry


To serve the people of Oregon by protecting, managing, and promoting stewardship of Oregon's forests to enhance environmental, economic, and community sustainability.


  • Healthy forests providing a sustainable flow of environmental, economic, and social outputs and benefits.
  • Public and private landowners willingly making investments to create healthy forests.
  • Statewide forest resource policies that are coordinated among Oregon's natural resource agencies.
  • ODF recognized as an agency operating openly and in the public interest. 
  • Oregon achieves a sustainable fire-protection system, fire-resilient forests and fire-adapted communities that reduce the negative impacts of wildfires to all Oregonians.
  • Citizens who understand, accept, and support sustainable forestry and who make informed decisions that contribute to achievement of the Board of Forestry's vision for forestry in Oregon.
  • ODF is recognized as an employer of choice that encourages and values employees, provides a safe working environment, and allows employees to reach their full potential in providing excellent public service.

Core values

  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of our business 
  • Honesty and integrity
  • Safety in the workplace
  • Respectful, strong, cooperative working relationships
  • Involvement and cooperation of all Oregonians
  • Leadership in professional forestry
  • Innovation based on sound science
  • Excellent, efficient, and effective service
  • Individual initiative, effectiveness, and hard work

ODF Mission, Vision, and Values

Peter Daugherty,
State Forester

Selected by the Board of Forestry as Oregon's 13th State Forester on September 7, 2016, Peter Daugherty leads the Department of Forestry in its mission to serve Oregonians by protecting, managing, and promoting stewardship of Oregon's forests. 

Peter joined the Department in 2007 and most recently served as the Private Forests Division Chief. Over the course of his career, he has worked as a private forest economist and a professor of forest management and ecological economics. He also enjoyed time as a U.S. Forest Service research forester.

He has a doctorate in forest management and economics, and two bachelor’s degrees – a B.S. in forestry and a B.A. in political science and dramatic art – all from the University of California at Berkeley. Peter is a member of the Society of American Foresters and the International Society of Ecological Economics.

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