One order per teacher, please. The teacher sampler is a great way to receive an overview of OFRI's K-12 education programs and materials. The folder contains the following publications:
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.
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.
This classroom poster illustrates the role of forests and wood products in the carbon cycle. The 22-inch by 25½-inch 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.
This item is part of the Teacher Sampler Packet.
This publication is for high school students looking for satisfying careers that do not require a college degree. It examines careers in the production of wood products-from the growing and harvesting of timber to the transport and delivery of logs to the mill and the manufacturing of products made from trees.
This item is part of the teacher sampler packet.
This engaging 24-page booklet profiles a variety of career track jobs -- from wildlife biologist and recreation resource manager to hydrologist and forest investor. Education links include a list of degree programs offered by Oregon community colleges, colleges and universities.
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.
OFRI commissioned the OSU Forestry Extension Program to produce this 30-page booklet for forest landowners in Oregon’s Willamette Valley to describe tree species that grow best in the Valley and to provide tips for planting and tending them and where to get help.
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. This item is part of the teacher sampler packet.
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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.
This item is part of the teacher sampler packet..
What kind of forestry careers are out there? This one-page fact sheet explores the opportunities for Oregon’s future forest sector workforce. One of a series.
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.
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.
How much of Oregon’s economy grows on trees? This one-page fact sheet explores the significant contributions of the forest sector on Oregon’s economy. One of a series.
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.
Are all forests managed the same way? This one-page fact sheet compares the three general management classifications creating Oregon’s forest landscape. One of a series.
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.
How does wood fit into your green building? This one-page fact sheet compares the benefits of wood to other building material options in residential construction. One of a series.
How much wood is Oregon harvesting? This one-page fact sheet looks at how much wood is harvested in Oregon compared to the total annual growth in our forests. One of a series.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Developed by OFRI in cooperation with the Partnership for Forestry Education.
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.
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.
This 20-page special report assesses the causes and effects of forest fires as well as options for reducing the vulnerability of Oregon’s forests to catastrophic fires.
This 162-page publication is a synthesis of current issues and scientific literature surrounding fire science and it's application in Oregon's forests. Stephen Fitzgerald, Lead author and Editor.
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. This item is part of the Teacher's Sampler Packet
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 videoClearcutting - Download videoForest fire - Download videoForest management - Download videoGreen building - Download videoPhotosynthesis - Download videoReforestation - Download videoTree biology - Download videoWater - Download videoWildlife - Download video
This DVD also comes in the teachers sampler packet. To view these videos online, visit the OFRI video library.
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 plus photos of each species and descriptions of ecological and climatic conditions in which they thrive.
This 16-page special report explores the relationship between forests and climate change, including how they help convert atmospheric carbon, and how climate change may affect a forest's ecosystem.
This 182-page book contains chapters by a variety of scientists and others with expertise in climate change and the role of forests in storing atmospheric carbon, a greenhouse gas. Topics include forest management strategies for carbon storage, the role of wood products in storing carbon and new markets based on carbon storage and carbon accounting.
This is a 38-page executive summary of the book described above.
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.
This revised and updated publication is designed to assist forest landowners, land managers, students and educators in understanding how forests provide habitat for different wildlife and plant species. It describes the specific habitat requirements of selected species found in forested habitats across all ecoregions in Oregon. It provides teachers and students a way to learn more about wildlife species and the forest habitats they use and helps landowners and land managers determine what species to include in their management plans. This item is part of the Teacher's Sampler Packet
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.To view this video online, visit the OFRI video library. or you can download the video here.
A directory of field sites, special events and ongoing forestry programs for Oregon educators and their students.
An Economic Assessment of Forest Restoration on Oregon's Eastside National Forests. Published November, 2012.
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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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.
This publication is a colorful, illustrated 24-page booklet that gives the basics of Oregon forests including the common forest types like Douglas-fir and juniper woodlands, wildlife, ownership and management practices, laws, salmon protection, fire risks, wood processing and uses, and careers.
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 2013 with all new economic statistics.
The Oregon Forest Literacy Program 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. It includes examples of service-learning projects that connect to Oregon forests. The program’s built-in flexibility makes it useful for a wide range of applications to increase forest literacy, including classroom instruction. This item is part of the Teacher's Sampler Packet
This report looks at the skilled men and women – mostly private contractors and their employees – who earn their livelihood in the forests of Oregon, harvesting and delivering timber to wood products mills and plants using improving technology and changing skill sets. Individual and family photo portraits help tell the story of the people working on the front lines every day to ensure compliance with Oregon’s forest protection laws while delivering the timber that fuels a large part of Oregon’s economy.
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.
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.
This special report takes a comprehensive look at the relationship between forest management activities and water quality. It describes how state rules and laws that protect these precious resources have evolved over time, details current scientific research across the state aimed at measuring forestry’s effect on water and habitat, and outlines how voluntary landowner programs designed to protect aquatic resources are also making a difference. Sustaining water quality is a priority for Oregonians; this report notes that, along with effective regulation, keeping forests as forests is among the most important solutions for sustaining water quality into the future.
This seven-minute video provides and overview of three critical areas covered in the OFRI special report Oregon's Forests and Water.
Oregon’s Skilled Forest Products Workforce is a special report from OFRI to reflect employment and career opportunities available in Oregon’s forest products mills. Oregon’s forest industries are a big part of the state’s economy and while those industries are now smaller, relative to the state’s high-tech sector, forest industries remain as significant employers, especially in rural communities and will into the future.
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.
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.
“The 2012 Forest Report – An Economic Assessment of Oregon’s Forest and Wood Products Manufacturing Sector” updates a similar study by OFRI in 2004. The current report provides a snapshot of the forest sector’s status and capacity. It examines the sector’s supply and demand factors, as well as its operating environment. At 180 pages, The 2012 Forest Report is the most exhaustive look at the forest sector in nearly a decade. A summary of the report is available at TheForestReport.org, and the full report can be downloaded from the website.
This 12-page report summarizes the findings of The 2012 Forest Report. It provides a snapshot of the economic contributions of Oregon's forest sector, and identifies continuing challenges that face the sector as it looks forward to an improving economic climate. If you're looking for the most current economic statistics, this is a good place to start. Also check out TheForestReport.org.
This 7-minute video summarizes the findings of The 2012 Forest Report. It provides a snapshot of the economic contributions of Oregon's forest sector, and identifies continuing challenges that face the sector as it looks forward to an improving economic climate. If you're looking for the most current economic statistics, check out TheForestReport.org.
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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.
This four-page brochure explores the research underway in the Alsea River Watershed by the Watersheds Research Cooperative. 1 of 4 in a series.
This four-page brochure explores the research underway in the Hinkle Creek Watershed by the Watersheds Research Cooperative. 1 of 4 in a series.
This four-page brochure explores the combined efforts of the Watersheds Research Cooperative as they continue their research on the relationship between forest management and stream health in the Northwest. 1 of 4 in a series.
This four-page brochure explores the research underway in the Trask River Watershed by the Watersheds Research Cooperative. 1 of 4 in a series.
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.
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.
This 24-page publication is one of a series of OFRI publications being 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 elk population dynamics, herd productivity, nutritional needs and response to human disturbance.
This publication is one of a series of OFRI publications being 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 spotted owl populations and habitat.
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.