Oregonʼs forests are vast — and so too are the issues and challenges that impact their continued health and productivity. In 1991, the Oregon Legislature created the Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI) to enhance collaboration among forest scientists, public agencies, community organizations, conservation groups and forest landowners; to provide objective information about responsible forest management; and to encourage environmentally sound forest practices through training and other educational programs.
OFRI is a centralized gateway to shared ideas and collaborative dialogue regarding the delicate balance between the environmental, social and economic values provided by our forests. OFRI is funded by a dedicated harvest tax on producers of forest products.
Key OFRI Programs
Through the following programs, OFRI provides information about forestry topics of broad public interest, including clean water, responsible forest management, and minimizing fire risks.
- Classroom programs and field activities for K-12 students
- Professional development and curriculum support for teachers
- Tours demonstrating modern forest practices
- Conferences, publications and scientific research on forest topics
- Workshops that help landowners manage according to best practices
- Displays, interpretive program and tours at the Rediscovery Forest
- Speakers Bureau presentations to community groups
- Online resources relating to Oregon's forests and forest management