Forest species guide updated for landowner use
PORTLAND, Ore. – The Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI) has updated and redesigned its guide to forest plants and animals specifically to aid forest landowners and land managers in creating and maintaining habitat for species with state or federal protections.
A Guide to Priority Plant and Animal Species in Oregon Forests focuses on species with special status found in Oregon’s forested habitats, and groups them by taxa. This includes species that are federally or state-listed under the Endangered Species Act, protected by the Oregon Forest Practices Act or part of the Oregon Conservation Strategy.
The small, spiral-bound booklet serves as a handy reference guide for landowners and managers to help determine which species to include in their forest management plans that are required for various forest sustainability certifications such as the American Tree Farm System and Sustainable Forestry Initiative. The guide can also be used by anyone seeking to better understand the needs of specific species and the forested habitats in which they’re likely to be found.
The guide is designed to be used in conjunction with other publications in OFRI’s “Wildlife in Managed Forests” series. Previous publications in the series have focused on a variety of forest wildlife such as songbirds, fish, beaver and deer. The educational booklets inform landowners, forest managers and others about protecting wildlife living in Oregon’s forests.
Print copies of A Guide to Priority Plant and Animal Species in Oregon Forests are available to order for free through OFRI’s website, OregonForests.org. Digital versions of the publication are also available to download.
About the Oregon Forest Resources Institute:
The Oregon Forest Resources Institute was created by the Oregon Legislature to advance public understanding of forests, forest management and forest products, and to encourage sound forestry through landowner education. A 13-member board of directors governs OFRI. It is funded by a portion of the forest products harvest tax.