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This building at the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters in Salem was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. It is one of 13 buildings at the headquarters. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

This building at the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters in Salem was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. It is one of 13 buildings at the headquarters. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

Present Duties

For over 100 years, Oregon’s State Department of Forestry (ODF) has operated with a singular vision: ensuring the
sustainability of Oregon’s forests. That vision is manifested through the triple priorities of pro­tecting forestland from wildfire, enforcing Oregon’s Forest Practices Act and managing Oregon’s state-owned forests. These priorities are managed through ODF’s three primary operational divisions.


Forest Protection Division: Since 1911, ODF has served as the state’s largest fire department, today protecting just over half of Oregon’s forests from wildfire. This includes all of Oregon’s privately owned forests, as well as state and local government-owned forests, and, by contract, more than two million acres of U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s forests in western Oregon. These lands represent a value of more than $60 billion.


Private Forests Division: This division oversees Oregon’s Forest Practices Act. Enacted in 1971 and modified many times since, the Act regulates stream and water quality protection, timber harvesting, tree planting, road construction and maintenance, air quality from prescribed burning, chemical use and other practices on private forest lands.


State Forests Division: The department’s third principal business is managing the 3 percent of the forest landbase that is owned by the state, about 821,000 acres. State-owned forests are located primarily in northwest Oregon in the Tillamook, Clatsop and Santiam State Forests. The recently dedicated Gilchrist State Forest is in northern Klamath County and the Sun Pass State Forest is just south of Crater Lake. The 93,000-acre Elliott State Forest, Oregon’s first state forest, is on the south coast near Coos Bay.


ODF manages most of these lands to achieve what Oregon statutes and administrative rules call the “greatest permanent value,” which means a balance of social, economic and environmental values. The agency does this while generating more than $80 million each year, two-thirds of which is distributed according to state law to the counties and local taxing districts where the forests reside. The agency’s State Forests Division manages this portfolio.


ODF is overseen by the State Board of Forestry. The department is served by more than 600 permanent employees and over 600 seasonal employees, operating out of its Salem-based headquarters and 32 field offices throughout Oregon.

 

Agency Subdivisions

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Contact Information

Mailing Address: 2600 State St., Salem 97310
Telephone: 503-945-7200
Fax: 503-945-7212
General Email: information@odf.state.or.us
Contact: Pete Daugherty, State Forester
Administrative Rules Coordinator Email: Sabrina Perez
Records Officer Email: Cara Walker
Staff Directory from Oregon.gov
Location Map: by Yahoo! Maps


Legal and Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS Chapters 321, 477, 526, 527, 530, 532
Budget Analysis (PDF) - by Legislative Fiscal Office
Audit Reports - select agency from menu


Records, Publications and General Information

Agency History (PDF) - a detailed history of the agency
Records Retention Schedule (PDF) - a list of the public records kept at the agency
State Archives Holdings - a select list of the agency's records available for research at the State Archives
State Library Publications - a link to the Oregon State Library Catalog