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Department of Forestry: Agency Subdivisions

This building at the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters in Salem was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. It is one of 13 buildings at the headquarters. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

This building at the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters in Salem was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. It is one of 13 buildings at the headquarters. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

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Board of Forestry
Contact: John Blackwell, Chair
Phone: 503-945-7205
Statutory Authority: ORS Chapter 526


Duties and Responsibilities: The Board of Forestry is a seven-member citizen board appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate. The board’s duty is to represent the public interest. No more than three members of the board may receive any significant portion of their income from the forest products industry. At least one member must reside in each of the three major forest regions of the state.


The Board of Forestry oversees all matters of forest policy within the state. Additionally, the board appoints the state forester, adopts rules regulating forest practices and other forestry programs, and provides general supervision of the state forester’s duties. Thus, the board supervises many actions related to the sustainable management of Oregon’s forests. The board does not limit its scope to state or private forestlands. Its policies and leadership are designed to have a positive influence over all of the state’s 30.4 million acres of forests.


The board periodically develops a strategic plan called the Forestry Program for Oregon that describes the Board of Forestry’s guidance to the state forester, Legislature, governor and the public on matters of forest policy and the use of sound forest management. With nearly half of Oregon’s land base covered by forests, the successful implementation of this vision can profoundly affect the lives of all Oregonians.

 

County Forestland Classification Committees
Address: 2600 State St., Salem 97310
Phone: 503-945-7204
Contact: Nancy Hirsch, Fire Protection Division Chief
Statutory Authority: ORS 526.305–526.350


Duties and Responsibilities: Each county may establish a County Forestland Classification Committee of six persons appointed by the state forester, the director of the Oregon State University Extension Service, the State Fire Marshal and the county governing body. Owners of forestland and grazing land must be represented. These committees are charged with investigating forestlands to determine how the lands are to be classified. The classifications are used by the Board of Forestry and the state forester in administering Oregon’s wildland fire protection laws, promoting the primary use for which that land is classified.


The committee must hold public hearings before final classifications and reclassification. Appeals by landowners may be taken to the circuit court. When no classification of forestland is made by a committee, the state forester may make this determination.

Emergency Fire Cost Committee
Address: 2600 State St., Salem 97310
Phone: 503-945-7449
Contact: Tim Keith, Fund Administrator
Statutory Authority: ORS 477.750–477.775


Duties and Responsibilities: The Emergency Fire Cost Committee supervises and controls the distribution of monies from the Oregon Forest Land Protection Fund which was established for emergency firefighting expenditures in controlling forest fires. Four members are appointed to the committee by the State Board of Forestry to serve four-year terms.

 

Committee for Family Forestlands (CFF)
Address: 2600 State St, Salem 97310
Phone: 503-945-7482
Contact: Peter Daugherty, Private Forests Deputy Chief
Statutory Authority: ORS 526.016


Duties & Responsibilities: The Committee for Family Forestlands advises the Board of Forestry in matters relating to family forestlands. These include maintaining a viable base of family-owned forestlands; evaluating the effects of forest policy changes on family forestland owners; and maintaining and enhancing the attributes of family forestlands, such as timber availability, watershed health and habitat for fish and wildlife. The Board of Forestry appoints the seven voting members to three-year terms. Six ex officio members represent various organizations, including the Oregon State University College of Forestry and the Oregon Small Woodlands Association.

Forest Resource Trust Advisory Committee
Address: 2600 State St., Salem 97310
Phone: 503-945-7478
Contact: Jim Cathcart
Statutory Authority: ORS 526.700


Duties and Responsibilities: The Forest Resource Trust Advisory Committee was established in 1993. The Forest Resource Trust provides funds for financial, technical and related assistance to private non-industrial forest landowners. This assistance is used for timber stand establishment and improved management of forestlands for timber production as well as for wildlife, water quality and other environmental purposes. The Board of Forestry has responsibility for managing the trust. The committee assists the board in setting policy for the best use and investment of funds available to the trust and otherwise assisting board members in carrying out trustee duties. The state forester is responsible for implementing board policies and trust programs.

Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee
Address: 2600 State St., Salem 97310
Phone: 503-945-7213
Contact: Mike Bordelon, State Forests Division Chief
Statutory Authority: ORS 526.156


Duties and Responsibilities: The 1987 Legislature established the Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee to advise the State Board of Forestry and the state forester on the management of lands subject to the provisions of statutes and on other matters in which the counties may have a responsibility pertaining to forestland. The committee is composed of the Board of Directors of the Council of Forest Trust Land Counties. The council represents the 15 state/county forest trust land counties in policy matters related to the management of the forestlands and distribution of revenues produced from those lands.

Regional Forest Practice Committees
Address: 2600 State St., Salem 97310
Phone: 503-945-7482
Contact: Peter Daugherty, Private Forests Deputy Chief
Statutory Authority: ORS 527.650


Duties and Responsibilities: The Northwest Oregon, Southwest Oregon and Eastern Oregon Regional Forest Practice Committees make recommendations to the Board of Forestry on forest practice rules appropriate to the forest conditions in their regions. The Board of Forestry appoints nine members to each committee to serve three-year terms.

 

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