IT TAKES STRONG LAWS AND SOUND FOREST MANAGEMENT TO KEEP OREGON’S WORKING FORESTS SUSTAINABLE

Sustainability is at the core of the Oregon Forest Practices Act. The law states that continuous growing and harvesting trees is the leading use of private forestland. And it requires that we also protect soil, air, water and wildlife for future generations.

WHAT CREATES CHANGE IN OREGON’S FOREST PROTECTION LAWS?

Over time, the rules have been revised as scientists learn more about forests and forest practices. Today, the act has 288 enforceable rules that apply to state and private forestland. This site will help you understand some of the most significant, and how they help ensure timber production that is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.

HOW CAN FOREST MANAGEMENT HELP PROTECT OUR FORESTS?

Natural and human-caused factors impact the health of our forests. Left alone, forests may do just fine. But some factors are having an increasing effect, and may need human help in order to protect and sustain our forests. Some of the threats facing Oregon’s forest include:

Learn more about the threats to Oregon’s forests by visiting our Forest Threats page. Or download our newest special report Forest Threats: Protecting Oregon’s forests for future generations.

"Forests are continually affected by natural and human forces. Forest management helps to ensure our forests can adapt to those challenges."
Thomas Maness Oregon State University College of Forestry dean
A Day in the Woods: The Oregon Forest Practices Act

Two extension foresters explain forest protective laws in Oregon’s working forests

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A Day in the Woods: The Oregon Forest Practices Act

Two extension foresters explain forest protective laws in Oregon’s working forests