Oregon has seen some record rainfall recently, and after a snowy and ice-filled winter, some signs of spring – or at least a dry spell – would be more than welcome.
Despite the dampness, the winter rains remind me why I love Oregon. The temperate climate and abundant rainfall combine to make this state one of the best places in the world for forests to flourish. Oregon’s forests provide us with timber for the wood products we use every day, as well as many other amenities such as clean air and water, and fish and wildlife habitat. Plus, nothing beats a walk in the woods as a way to find sanctuary from the stresses of daily life.
OFRI’s work to advance public understanding of forests, forest management and forest products all hinges on the fact that in Oregon, we grow trees. The rain – along with sustainable forest management practices and our state’s forest protection laws – makes it possible to grow them in perpetuity.
To learn more about the economic, social and environmental benefits of Oregon’s forests, check out OFRI’s wide range of educational websites, publications and videos that provide information on forest management practices, wood products and the state’s forest-based economy. You’ll find electronic versions of our publications and a wealth of other online resources related to forests and forest management on our main site, OregonForests.org, as well as on our sites for K-12 educators, LearnForests.org, and forest landowners, KnowYourForest.org. Be sure to visit our newest website, OregonForestFacts.org, for the latest data about Oregon’s forests, including forest ownership, forest-based employment and timber harvest levels.
As always, OFRI is planning many exciting and interesting projects, programs and events this year. And there are many ways to stay connected to us, see what we’re up to, and join the conversation about Oregon’s forests:
- eNews: OFRI’s monthly newsletter
- Forestry in the Classroom: OFRI’s quarterly K-12 newsletter
- The OFRI Blog: Fresh takes on forest-related topics
- OFRI Twitter
- OFRI Facebook
- OFRI YouTube Channel
- Ask a Forester
Thanks for showing an interest in OFRI. Please don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more about our programs and publications.
For the forest,