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Stay up to date with the latest OFRI happenings in our news releases, including updates on new publications, programs, conferences, events and board activities.

Forest health webinars planned for Feb. 27-28
01.22.2024

PORTLAND, Ore. – An upcoming webinar series for foresters, forest landowners and managers, and others with an interest in forestry, will focus on the health of Oregon’s forests, including the current condition of Oregon’s forests, forest health trends, challenges, current research findings and possible solutions. 

The two-day Forest Health in Oregon 2024: State of the State webinar series will take place Feb. 27-28. The series is co-hosted by the Oregon State University College of Forestry and Natural Resources Extension, the Oregon Forest Resources Institute, and the Oregon Departments of Forestry and Agriculture

Both webinars will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The first day of the webinar series will focus on invasive species, pests, diseases, and forest health west of the Cascades. First day webinar participants will learn the latest information about the threats of the invasive Mediterranean oak borer, the emerald ash borer and Phytophthora ramorum, a plant pathogen that causes sudden oak death. Webinar speakers will also share the current forest health conditions in western Oregon based on an aerial detection survey. 

On the second day of the series, the webinar will start with a focus on forest health east of the Cascades and then discuss the unique interactions between fire and forest health in central and eastern Oregon.

The webinars are free to attend, but registration is required. More information about the webinars, including an agenda, is available on the events tab on KnowYourForest.org

About the Oregon Forest Resources Institute:
The Oregon Forest Resources Institute supports the state’s forest sector and the stewardship of natural resources by advancing Oregonians’ understanding of the social, environmental and economic benefits of Oregon’s forests. 
 

New publication focuses on native bees in Oregon’s forests
11.17.2023

PORTLAND, Ore. – A new publication from the Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI) introduces readers to the vast variety of native bees found in Oregon’s forests.

Wildlife in Managed Forests: Native Bees is the newest publication in OFRI’s Wildlife in Managed Forests series, which offers scientific research-backed guidance on managing forests to support healthy wildlife populations. The Native Bees booklet provides context for better understanding the roles managed forests play in providing habitat for native bees. The reader will learn about threats to Oregon’s native bees, current research findings regarding these bees’ reliance on forest habitats, and forest management techniques that provide habitat for native bees. 

OFRI’s Wildlife in Managed Forests series includes publications focused on other kinds of forest wildlife such as deer and elk, fisher and marten, beaver, songbirds, fish, and amphibians. The educational booklets inform forest landowners, managers and others about managing forests to provide habitat for native wildlife. 

Printed and electronic versions of Wildlife in Managed Forests: Native Bees are available to order or download for free through OFRI’s website, OregonForests.org.

 

About the Oregon Forest Resources Institute:
The Oregon Legislature created the Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI) in 1991 to support the state’s forest sector and the stewardship of natural resources by advancing Oregonians’ understanding of the social, environmental and economic benefits of Oregon’s forests. OFRI is governed by a board made up of 11 voting members appointed by the state forester, plus two non-voting members. It is funded by a portion of the forest products harvest tax.

 

OFRI hiring forest landowner education manager
08.23.2023

PORTLAND, Ore. – OFRI is seeking qualified applicants for a forest landowner education manager position responsible for delivering forestry interpretation and landowner education programs for the Institute. 

The position will be based out of OFRI’s Silverton office at The Oregon Garden, and responsibilities include management of the 15-acre Rediscovery Forest for educational purposes, as well as other assets at the 80-acre botanical garden. The forest landowner education manager assists OFRI’s director of forestry in the delivery of the Institute’s landowner and public education programs. 

A complete job listing for the position that includes minimum qualifications, desired attributes, a description of duties, and salary and benefits information is available on OFRI’s website

Current State of Oregon employees, excluding temporary employees, must apply through their employee Workday account. External candidates will need to create a Workday profile to apply. Search for Job Requisition ID: REQ-135265. 

The first pull of candidate applications will be on Tuesday, September 5, 2023. We encourage interested applicants to not delay in applying. Applications received after September 5 may be considered in a second-round selection process. Job posting closes September 18, 2023. 

About the Oregon Forest Resources Institute:

The Oregon Legislature created the Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI) in 1991 to support and enhance Oregon’s forest products industry by advancing public understanding of forests, forest management and forest products, and encouraging sustainable forestry through landowner education. OFRI is governed by a board of directors made up of 11 voting members appointed by the state forester, plus two non-voting members. It is funded by a portion of the forest products harvest tax.
 

OFRI hires forest landowner education manager
05.15.2023

PORTLAND, Ore. – Forester and silviculturist Kathryn Charlton joined the OFRI staff this month to help deliver forest landowner education programs and manage the Institute’s demonstration forest in Silverton. 

As manager of forest landowner education, Charlton will be involved primarily in OFRI’s landowner education program, but will also assist the public and K-12 education programs as a forestry subject matter expert. She will oversee management of the 15-acre Rediscovery Forest and other OFRI assets at The Oregon Garden, which hosts field forest education programs for K-12 teachers and students, as well as for forest landowners. 

Charlton is filling a job vacancy that opened at the Institute last fall, after longtime OFRI staff member Julie Woodward was promoted to director of forestry.

Before starting her position at OFRI on May 1, Charlton worked for the Bureau of Land Management as a forester and silviculturist, most recently at the Coos Bay District Umpqua Field Office in North Bend. Prior to that, she worked for the U.S. Forest Service, as a harvest inspector for the Mount Hood National Forest and a marking crew foreman for the Tahoe National Forest in California. 

Charlton earned a bachelor’s degree in forest management from Oregon State University.

About the Oregon Forest Resources Institute:
The Oregon Legislature created the Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI) in 1991 to support and enhance Oregon’s forest products industry by advancing public understanding of forests, forest management and forest products, and encouraging sustainable forestry through landowner education. OFRI is governed by a board of directors made up of 11 voting members appointed by the state forester, plus two non-voting members. It is funded by a portion of the forest products harvest tax.
 

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