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Forest Health
Experience Diverse Forests
Silver Falls State Park Crossroads
Silver Falls State Park
Foresters at Oregon Parks and Recreation strive to maintain healthy forests, promote biodiversity, lead by example in stewardship, encourage sustainability, and facilitate safe recreational experiences.  
Healthy Forests:Healthy forests provide the habitats, values, and recreational opportunities park visitors expect from their state parks, historic sites, recreational trails and scenic waterways.
Biodiversity:    Forest stands of mixed species and age classes provide opportunities to increase native plant and animal biodiversity, and are typically more resilient to insects and disease and remain in a healthy state for longer periods of time. 
Stewardship:   Stewardship plays an important role and considers all aspects of the forest:  Soils, water, vegetation, wildlife, and fisheries.  Good stewardship emphasizes best management practices that protect each of these resources equally, as they all contribute to the balance of the forest system. 
Sustainability:   Sustainable forests provide a diverse range of environmental, economic, and social needs not only today, but also in the future. 
Safe Recreational Experiences:   Removing danger trees in developed areas and along trails  reduces the risk of injuries or property damage.