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Present Duties

The Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI) was formed by the Legislature in 1991 to advance the public’s understanding of Oregon’s forests and forest resources. OFRI’s seven-member staff achieves this by offering a number of programs and publications.

The Oregon Forest Literacy Program for K–12 teachers and students stresses science, social science and reading to encourage critical thinking about questions such as: Why are forests important? How are they sustained? What is our responsi­bility toward Oregon’s forests? is the website for K–12 teachers.

The website organizes materials and services offered by the Partnership for Forestry Education to help Oregon’s 60,000 family forestland owners use forest management best practices. The partnership includes OFRI, the State Forestry Department, Oregon State University’s Extension Service, the Oregon Tree Farm System, the Oregon Small Woodlands Association, the Society of American Foresters, the U.S. Forest Service and the Associated Oregon Loggers.

OFRI helps the public at large understand the social, environmental and economic importance of Oregon’s forests through its main website,, and by producing topical publications and videos, speakers bureau presentations and educational advertising.

OFRI is headquartered in Portland, with a satellite office and demonstration forest at The Oregon Garden in Silverton. It is funded by a forest products harvest tax. OFRI is directed by a 13-member board, with 11 members appointed by the Oregon State Forester. Ex officio members include the dean of the Oregon State University College of Forestry and a public representative.


Contact Information

Mailing Address: 317 SW 6th Ave., Suite 400, Portland 97204
Telephone: 971-673-2944
Fax: 971-673-2946
General Email:
Contact: Paul F. Barnum, Executive Director
Administrative Rules Coordinator Email: Kathy Storm
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Legal and Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS 526.600–526.675
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Records, Publications and General Information

State Library Publications - a link to the Oregon State Library Catalog