PORTLAND, Ore. – A new, colorfully illustrated pamphlet from the Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI), designed specifically for recreational visitors to Oregon’s forests, explores the many environmental, social and economic benefits forests provide to all Oregonians.
The brochure-size pamphlet, called Adventure Awaits, also serves as a primer for visitors to Oregon’s wood-producing forests, where they’re likely to encounter a recent timber harvest or other forestry activities. It explains modern forest management and logging practices, as well as laws and regulations that are in place to protect wildlife habitat, drinking water sources and other vital natural resources.
Adventure Awaits has five tabbed sections, each offering a basic overview of forest ownership in Oregon: wildlife; water; logging and replanting; carbon; and wood products. It helps Oregonians and visitors understand how – beyond being great places to camp, hike, bike, hunt or fish – many forests in Oregon are managed for multiple uses, including growing timber to make wood products, storing carbon, and providing fish and wildlife habitat.
Free copies of Adventure Awaits are available to download or order through OFRI’s website, OregonForests.org. The pamphlet fits in a brochure rack or a standard letter-size envelope, easy to make available in forest visitor centers and recreation-district or timber-company offices, or to distribute with permits allowing recreational access to private forestlands.
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.