Biomass Energy and Biofuels from Oregon's Forests

This comprehensive 400+ page study examines the implications of using woody biomass from thinning overcrowded forests as a renewable source of energy, which at the same time could help restore forest health, reduce the vulnerability of forests to fire and revitalize rural economies.

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Building to Benefit the Environment

This special report expands on the forest sector’s contribution to the Oregon Business Plan by identifying linkages between the forest sector and the green building community. The publication gives a snapshot view of green building standards and practices and the role for forest management certification systems in green building criteria. It also looks at how wood “stacks up” against alternative building materials such as concrete and steel in terms of environmental impacts. It concludes with a discussion about how to better integrate locally produced wood with the goals of the green building movement.

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Economic Data by Oregon County

This collection of factsheets was created using the economic data collected during the creation of The 2012 Forest Report. This PDF contains the forest sector economic data of all 36 counties, as well as forest ownership in each county. Individual sheets can be found in the assistance maps of KnowYourForest.org.

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Environmental Benefits of Wood Products

How does wood stack up against other major building materials in terms of environmental friendliness? This 8-page report looks at the choices facing today's architects and builders as they consider the big picture of materials selection. Wood products are explored not only from their end use, but from their point of origin from local, sustainably-managed forests. Published 2011.

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Establishing and Managing Forest Trees in Western Oregon

In this publication, we will help you understand how you can best plant and tend to trees in your woods to ensure that they remain healthy and productive. Although forests are found throughout the state of Oregon, this booklet will focus on the woods of Oregon that lie west of the Cascade crest.

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Explore Oregon's Amazing Forests

The folded brochure is intended to give Oregon tourists a basic knowledge of Oregon's forests, forest practices and forest sector contributions. A map and QR code will lead travelers to 10 great hikes within 50 miles of Portland, and a way to go find big trees in Oregon.

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Explore the Forest Teacher's Guide

A companion to Explore the Forest, the Teacher’s Guide includes additional activities, lesson plans and background information to help teachers go deeper into the material included in the student publication. Created with the help of a team of outdoor educational specialists, the guide includes a list of additional resources, and it is aligned to state educational standards.

 

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Explore the Forest-For Students

OFRI created this 24-page, full-color publication especially for 3rd and 4th grade students. It provides a grade-appropriate overview of Oregon forests, including forest ecology, tree biology, forest management and forest careers. It explores how we as a society need to balance economic, ecological and social values. Illustrations, puzzles and activities engage student interest.

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Fact Sheet: Biomass

How can we get green power from overcrowded forests? This one-page fact sheet explores the “triple win” of thinning overcrowded forests to create renewable energy. One of a series.  

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Fact Sheet: Carbon & Climate

Are forests, carbon and climate change related? This one-page fact sheet explores the crucial role forests play in sequestering atmospheric carbon. One of a series. 

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Fact Sheet: Clearcutting

Why are some forests clearcut? This one page fact sheet explains the management objectives and landscape conditions that call for large-scale harvest. One of a series. 

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Fact Sheet: Drinking Water

How do forests affect our drinking water? This one-page fact sheet explores the importance of a healthy forest to our municipal water supply. One of a series. 

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Fact Sheet: Fire

Why are some forest fires so intense? This one-page fact sheet explores the risks, causes and potential solutions to unnaturally intense wildfires. One of a series. 

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Fact Sheet: Forests

Do you know Oregon forests? This one-page fact sheet explores the basic facts and statistics about Oregon’s 30 million acres of forestland. One of a series. 

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Fact Sheet: Landslides

How are forestry and landslides related? This one-page fact sheet looks at the occurance of landslides in differing forest age classes, and their effects on the land and streams. One of a series. 

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Fact Sheet: Ownership

Who owns Oregon’s forests? This one-page fact sheet explores the ownership and management objectives of Oregon’s five types of forest landowners. One of a series. 

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Fact Sheet: Photosynthesis

How does photosynthesis work? This one-page fact sheet explains how trees and plants use sunlight, water and carbon dioxide to create oxygen and structure. One of a series. 

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Fact Sheet: Protection

Are there laws that protect our forests? This one-page fact sheet looks at some of the protective measures created by the Oregon Forest Practices Act. One of a series.

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Fact Sheet: Reforestation

Does Oregon law require reforestation? This one-page fact sheet explains the basic requirements of reforestation as guided by Oregon law. One of a series. 

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Fact Sheet: Wildlife

Why do forest animals live where they do? This one-page fact sheet explores the relationship between forest ages and the animals that live there. One of a series. 

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Family Forests: Landowners Resource Guide

In Oregon, there are many sources of assistance available to forest landowners: expert technical advice, classes, grants and person-to-person counsel from peers – as well as online resources. This guide organizes these resources geographically and in other logical ways, for easy reference. Throughout the booklet are descriptions of each resource as well as handy contact information. Updated for 2017-2018.

Developed by OFRI in cooperation with the Partnership for Forestry Education.

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Federal Forestland in Oregon

This new 24-page special report details the challenges and opportunities facing the state’s largest forestland owner. The report details the impacts of over a century of federal forest management policies, and what needs to be done to restore forest health and sustainability to over 18 million acres.

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Federal Forestland in Oregon: Video Special report

This 7-minute DVD explores the issues presented in the OFRI special report Federal Forestland in Oregon. This companion video provides an overview of dry-side forest conditions and three needed components for their restoration.

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Find Your Path

From the forest springs a huge collection of industries that account for one out of 20 Oregon jobs. This 24-page publication looks at the wide range of employement opportunities available in Oregon's forest sector. 

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Find Your Path Career Video

The Find Your Path career video series profiles people who work in Oregon’s forest sector. The videos highlight what a day on the job is like and what kind of education and experience are needed. Each video runs about two minutes.

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Find Your Path Instruction Guide

A companion to Find Your Path, the Instruction Guide includes additional activities, lesson plans and background information to help teachers go deeper into the material included in the student publication. The guide also includes a list of additional resources, and it is aligned to state educational standards.

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Forest Activity sheet

This four page, black and white illustrated activity sheet is a great way for youngsters to learn about Oregon's forests, the wildlife that lives there and what ordinary products come from wood. Large, simple illustrations are great for coloring. 

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Forest Essays Grade 6

 

This illustrated collection of essays addresses topics related to Oregon’s forests, including wildlife, forestry and tree biology. The one-page essays were written by a team of natural resources specialists and then reviewed by teachers for content and readability and scientists for accuracy. Each essay includes reading comprehension questions.

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Forest Essays Grades 4-5

 

This illustrated collection of essays addresses topics related to Oregon’s forests, including wildlife, forestry and tree biology. The one-page essays were written by a team of natural resources specialists and then reviewed by teachers for content and readability and scientists for accuracy. Each essay includes reading comprehension questions.

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Forest Essays Grades 7-12

 

This illustrated collection of essays addresses topics related to Oregon’s forests, including wildlife, forestry and tree biology. The one-page essays were written by a team of natural resources specialists and then reviewed by teachers for content and readability and scientists for accuracy. Each essay includes reading comprehension questions.

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Forest Essays: Grade 2-3

This illustrated collection of essays addresses topics related to Oregon's forests, including wildlife, forestry and tree biology. The one-page essays were written by a team of natural resources specialists and then reviewed by teachers for content and readability and scientists for accuracy. Each essay includes reading comprehension questions.

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Forest Essays: Spanish for Grades 4-5

Ensayos de Bosque: Grados 4-5 (Español e Inglés)

Esta colección ilustrada de ensayos escritos en español e inglés aborda temas relacionados con los bosques de Oregon, incluyendo fauna, silvicultura y biología de los árboles. Los ensayos de una página fueron escritos por especialistas en recursos naturales y luego revisados por maestros para evaluar el contenido y la legibilidad y por científicos para verificar su exactitud. Cada ensayo incluye preguntas de comprensión de la lectura.

This illustrated collection of essays written in Spanish and English addresses topics related to Oregon’s forests, including wildlife, forestry and tree biology. The one-page essays were written by a team of natural resources specialists and then reviewed by teachers for content and readability and scientists for accuracy. Each essay includes reading comprehension question

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Forest Fact Breaks: Animations for the classroom

Forest Fact Breaks simplify complex topics (such as forest fire) into fun, educational and engaging quick takes. Using graphics, movement, sound effects and narration, Forest Fact Breaks bring each topic to life in less time than it takes to listen to a song. Topics include:

Carbon capture - Download video
Clearcutting - Download video
Ecosystems - Download video
Fire Safety - Download video
Forest fire - Download video
Forest management - Download video
Forest Types in Oregon - Download video
Green building - Download video
Photosynthesis - Download video
Reforestation - Download video
Sustainability - Download video
Tree biology - Download video
Water - Download video
Wildlife - Download video
Wood Products - Download video

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Forest Threats

Our forests are vulnerable to many threats. Whether it’s newer ones such as climate change and invasive species, or traditional ones such as wildfire, insects, disease, or wind and ice storms, our forests benefit from forest management to stay vibrant and healthy. 

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Forest to Frame

Wood is the only major building material that stores carbon, which is removed from the atmosphere during a tree’s growth. CLT and other advanced wood products make it possible to construct mid-rise and even high-rise structures almost entirely with wood, with less environmental impact than traditional building methods. Recent and future mass timber buildings are putting Oregon at the forefront of this architectural evolution.

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Future of Oregon's Working Forests

This 14-page speacial report looks at the choices, consequences and opportunities facing our working forests in the shadow of global competition and domestic economic pressures.

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Guide to Priority Plant and Animal Species in Oregon Forests

This guidebook focuses on plant and animal species with special status that are found in Oregon’s forested habitats, and groups them by taxa. Priority species include those that are either state- or federally listed under the Endangered Species Act, protected by the Oregon Forest Practices Act or included in the Oregon Conservation Strategy. This guide is designed to be used in conjunction with other publications in OFRI’s Wildlife in Managed Forests series. It is a tool to assist forest landowners and managers in providing wildlife habitat in managed forests. 

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Inquiry at Hinkle Creek DVD

This DVD traces a unique story of science at work in our forests. Researchers are using a huge 5,000-acre outdoor laboratory--a pair of watersheds in Southern Oregon--to evaluate the potential effects of logging on water quality and fish and wildlife habitat. Along the way, the story follows the scientific inquiry process. (16 minutes, intended for grades 5-12) Watch the video online This item is part of the Teacher's Sampler Packet.
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Inside Oregon Forests : A High School Curriculum

Inside Oregon’s Forests includes 12 weeks of lessons covering the history of Oregon forests; tree biology and forest types; the environmental, social and economic importance of forests; forest management; wildfire; and more.

The curriculum comes as a 293-page, spiral-bound book, along with a thumb drive for digital material. The package includes lesson plans, labs and other activities plus a variety of related documents and videos. 

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Into the Forest - For Students

Why should you care about Oregon's forests? "Into the Forest," OFRI's lively and colorful new book on forestry for fifth- and sixth-grade students, tries to answer that question.

The student book is 24 pages and gives an overview of Oregon forests, including forest ecology, tree biology, forest management, forest careers and balancing economic, ecological and social values. It includes puzzles and activities for students.

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Into the Forest Teachers Guide

A  companion to Into the Forest , the  teacher  guide includes additional activities, lesson plans and background information to help teachers go deeper into the material included in the student publication.  Includes a list of additional resources and is aligned to educational standards.

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K-12 Forest Education Opportunities

A directory of field sites, special events and ongoing forestry programs for Oregon educators and their students. 

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National Forest Health Restoration Assessment

An Economic Assessment of Forest Restoration on Oregon's Eastside National Forests. Published November, 2012.

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National Forest Health Restoration: Summary

A summary of “National Forest Health Restoration: An Economic Assessment of Forest Restoration on Oregon’s Eastside National Forests,” a report prepared for Governor John Kitzhaber and Oregon’s legislative leaders. The study area focused on all National Forests east of the Cascade Crest (excluding Mt. Hood National Forest) and the western portion of the Rogue River–Siskiyou National Forest. 

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Northern Spotted Owl: Wildlife in Managed Forests Reference Sheet

A two-page reference sheet explaining habitat needs and crucial nesting timelines of the Northern Spotted Owl.

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Not So Clear-cut

Some forest landowners grow timber for wood products. Others focus on wildlife habitat or fire resiliency. Many try to find a balance between environmental and economic values. How and when they decide to harvest trees depends on their specific forest objectives. Learn about those objectives and the differences between harvest methods.

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OFPA Timeline

Oregon forest practice regulations have evolved in response to scientific research. This timeline highlights just a few of the hundreds of scientific studies that informed the rule changes focusing on streams and fish habitat.

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OFRI Annual Report: 2015-2016

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Oregon Family Forestland

Some 70,000 Oregon family forest landowners care for almost 5 million acres in Oregon. Some manage it for timber production, some for wildlife habitat and many others manage it for a combination of values. OFRI’s special report looks at the diverse contributions of our state’s family forest landowners and the challenges facing the coming generation of owners.

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Oregon Forest Facts: 2017 - 18 edition

This easy-to-use reference booklet is loaded with charts, graphics and numbers to help Oregonians understand the magnitude and importance of our forest resources - yet it easily fits in your pocket, briefcase or handbag. Updated for 2017-18. 

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Oregon Forest Literacy Plan

The Oregon Forestry Literacy Plan includes a forest education conceptual framework and a scope and sequence, which together offer educators guidance for developing curricula and classroom lessons related to forests. The program’s built-in flexibility makes it useful for a wide range of applications to increase forest literacy, including K-12 classroom instruction, informal education and curriculum materials on forest topics. The program includes examples of activities that relate to Oregon forests. The concepts were developed by a diverse statewide stakeholder group and are correlated to the Oregon content standards and with materials and activities that can be used in the classroom. 

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Oregon Forest Practices Act: Adaptable and informed by sound science

The Oregon Forest Practices Act  was the first law of its kind in the U.S. when the state Legislature passed it in 1971, and the Act and its rules have been changed many times in response to new scientific findings and evolving public needs and interests. This 4-page summary highlights the changes that have taken place within the OFPA over the last four decades.

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Oregon Forest Sector Economic Datasheet

Oregon’s wood products industry is a traded sector, with close to 75 percent of all products made here sold outside the state. This state dominates U.S. production of softwood lumber and plywood. Now, it is also a leader in engineered wood and home to the first mill in the United States to manufacture structurally certified cross-laminated timber (CLT). This datasheet looks at the economic statistics of Oregon's forest sector.

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Oregon's Forest Protection Laws: An Illustrated Manual - Second Edition

Updated and revised in 2011, this richly illustrated 185-page manual helps explain the forest protection rules required by the Oregon Forest Practices Act and other forest laws. Simple explanations and clear illustrations and photographs make this a valuable tool for those planning harvest operations or working in the woods. This second edition introduces a new chapter on fire and chemicals, and expands information on stewardship agreements, voluntary programs and financial assistance.

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Oregon's Forestry Professionals

The growth and diversification of the forestry profession in Oregon not only reflects the state’s forest heritage, it also is a sign of ongoing scientific advances and an expanding range of employment opportunities. Besides looking at the history of forestry in America and examining its roots in Oregon, this colorful report explores college education and employment options for men and women interested in joining the forestry profession.

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Oregon's Forests (Poster)

Oregon’s forests are among the most diverse in the world. The colorful 24” by 36” poster includes a map showing the statewide locations where the most common conifer and hardwood tree species are found plusdescriptions of ecological and climatic conditions in which they thrive. 

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Oregon's Forests Instruction Guide

A companion to Oregon's Forests poster, the Instruction Guide includes additional activities, lesson plans and background information to help teachers go deeper into the material included in the student publication. The guide also includes a list of additional resources, and it is aligned to state educational standards.

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Oregon's Forests and Water: OFRI Video Report

This seven-minute video provides and overview of three critical areas covered in the OFRI special report Oregon's Forests and Water.

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Private landowners can help make the difference for coastal coho

Thsi brochure provides a good starting point for landowners looking to improve stream quality on their land for the benefit of coho salmon. Produced by OFRI and the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board for the support of the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds.

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Rules to Live By

Oregon's forest protection laws are some of the strongest in the country. But to make them effective, they have to be carried out by the men and women working on the ground in Oregon's forest sector. Take a walk through some of the most important aspects of the Oregon Forest Practices Act to see how Oregon is sustaining the environmental, social and economic values of our Forests.

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Sounds of the Forest

This publication, with text and color illustrations is intended for young readers (grades K-3) and tells the story of some of the animals that live in Oregon's forests. 

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State of Fire: Fire in Oregon's Forests

The ways Oregonians prevent, fight, manage and, to some degree, live with wildfire have grown more complicated - and more expensive. This report examines the state of fire suppression, prevention and management, and describes various efforts to find the way forward.

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State of Fire: Video Special Report

The ways Oregonians prevent, fight, manage and, to some degree, live with wildfire have grown more complicated - and more expensive. This 12-minute examines the state of fire suppression, prevention and management, and describes various efforts to find the way forward.

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Teacher Sampler Packet Grades 6-12

One order per teacher, please. The teacher sampler packet is a great way to receive an overview of OFRI's K-12 education programs and materials. The folder contains the following publications appropriate for 6-12 grade teachers and their students:

Forest Fact Breaks: Animations for the classroom
Find Your Path
Fine Your Path Instruction Guide
Find Your Path Career Videos
A complete set of all fact sheets
K-12 Forest Education Opportunities
Into the Forest
Into the Forest: Teacher guide
Oregon Forest Facts & Figures
Oregon's Forests (Poster)
Oregon's Forests Instruction Guide
The Oregon Forest Literacy Plan
Where's All The Carbon? (Poster)
Where's All The Carbon Instruction Guide
Forest Essays Grade 6
Forest Essays Grades 7-12

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Teacher Sampler Packet Grades K-5

One order per teacher, please. The teacher sampler packet is a great way to receive an overview of OFRI's K-12 education programs and materials.  The folder contains the following publications appropriate for K-5 grade teachers and their students:

Forest Fact Breaks: Animations for the classroom
Explore the Forest
Explore the Forest: Teacher guide
K-12 Forest Education Opportunities
Into the Forest
Into the Forest: Teacher guide
Sounds of the Forest
The Oregon Forest Literacy Plan
Forest Activity Sheet
Forest Essays Grades 2-3
Forest Essays Grades 4-5

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The Oregon Way: Forests and Fish

Oregon’s unique, steady approach to preserving and improving habitat in forest streams is paying off for species such as coho salmon, steelhead and cutthroat trout. And it has happened while the state has maintained a timber harvest that supports more than 70,000 jobs. This 16-page report looks at Oregon's unique three-tiered approach to protecting aquatic habitat in our forests.

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The Oregon Way: Video Special Report

This 8-minute video summarizes the OFRI special report The Oregon Way.It looks at Oregon’s unique, steady approach to preserving and improving habitat in forest streams is paying off for species such as coho salmon, steelhead and cutthroat trout. And it has happened while the state has maintained a timber harvest that supports more than 70,000 jobs. 

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Tree identification interpretive signage

The Oregon Forest Resources Institute has created an interpretive tree identification program. The signs are designed, the supporting website is active, and now the pieces are ready and free for you to use!

Here’s what you’ll find in this program packet:

  • Actual size, print-ready files for 15 common Oregon tree species
  • A QR code for 45 tree species
  • A mobile webpage for each tree species
    with a detailed description of each tree

It’s a simple and instant way to add interpretive signage to your
forest, park or architectural interiors.

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Understanding Eastside Forests

This colorfully illustrated publication covers the geology and ecology, major forest types, characteristics of selected trees, disturbance and change, and management of Oregon forests east of the Cascades. It is intended as a guide to forest landowners or others interested in management of eastside forests.

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What do western Oregon's forests look like after a century of management?

There is a perception that the rich forests existing before European-American settlement have been lost or irretrievably damaged. However, the evidence shows that perception to be inaccurate. Detailed maps and data from historic and modern forests are compared with surprising results.

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Where's All The Carbon? (Poster)

This classroom poster illustrates the role of forests and wood products in the carbon cycle. The poster shows the major contributors of carbon into the atmosphere, how forests absorb carbon through photosynthesis and how wood products such as lumber and furniture continue to store the carbon absorbed by trees. 

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Where's All The Carbon? Instruction Guide

A companion to Where's All the Carbon? poster, the Instruction Guide includes additional activities, lesson plans and background information to help teachers go deeper into the material included in the student publication. The guide also includes a list of additional resources, and it is aligned to state educational standards.

 

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Wildlife in Managed Forests

A new cornerstone publication of the OFRI’s Wildlife in Managed Forests series. This publication provides a background and context for better understanding the interplay between forest management and wildlife. The reader is introduced an overview of wildlife status and diversity needs of wildlife in forested landscapes across Oregon. It also provides forest landowners suggested management techniques to accomplish diverse wildlife habitat and highlights Oregon landowners through a series of case studies who have applied these techniques and goals on their lands.

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Wildlife in Managed Forests: American Beaver

This publication is part of a series from the Oregon Forest Resources Institute that aims to synthesize current research findings and make information available to foresters, wildlife managers and landowners as well as interested parties such as conservation organizations, regulators and policymakers. This installment focuses specifically on the American Beaver.

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Wildlife in Managed Forests: Deer and Elk

New for 2013. This 32-page publication is one of a series of OFRI publications developed for use by forest landowners and managers to report on what is known about habitat requirements and ecological roles of various wildlife species in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. This one addresses deer and elk population dynamics, herd productivity, nutritional needs, response to human disturbance and more.

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Wildlife in Managed Forests: Early Seral-Associated Songbirds

New for 2015. This 32-page booklet offers forest landowners and manager’s scientific background and solutions for managing young forests to promote songbird habitat. It’s part of OFRI’s series of publications addressing the habitat requirements and ecological roles of various wildlife species in the Pacific Northwest.

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Wildlife in Managed Forests: Fish Habitat and Passage

New for 2014. This 28-page guide describes the habitat needs of various fish species, and how forest landowners and managers can create quality habitat. It offers case studies and clear explanations of complicated fish-passage rules. It’s part of OFRI’s series of publications addressing the habitat requirements and ecological roles of various wildlife species in the Pacific Northwest.

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Wildlife in Managed Forests: Oregon Forest Practices Act Reference Series

These fact sheets help forest managers plan management activities that have the potential to impact forest-dwelling birds such as the bald eagle, marbled murrelet  or osprey. The fact sheets specifically outlines the nesting seasons of all the birds and a few more that are protected by the forest practices act. 

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Wildlife in Managed Forests: Stream-associated Amphibians

One quarter of amphibians in the northwest depend on headwater streams for food, cover and breeding habitat. Most of these headwaters originate in forestland. How do forest management choices affect this sensitive class of species? The new report, Stream-Associated Amphibians, introduces you to the common amphibians of the region and explores the relationship between forest management and amphibian health.

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Wood Stands Tall

Architects and developers concerned about climate change are becoming more interested in alternatives to steel and concrete, both of which have significant carbon footprints compared to wood. As a renewable natural resource, wood offers a building material with plenty of structural capability and superior environmental performance.

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