Oregonʼs forests are vast – and so too are the issues and challenges that impact their continued health and productivity. In 1991, the Oregon Legislature created the Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI) to enhance collaboration among forest scientists, public agencies, community organizations, conservation groups and forest landowners; to provide objective information about responsible forest management; and to encourage environmentally sound forest practices through training and other educational programs.
The Oregon Forest Resources Institute is dedicated to advancing public understanding of forests, forest management and forest products, and encouraging sound forestry through landowner education.
OFRI is a centralized gateway of shared ideas and collaborative dialogue regarding the delicate balance between the environmental, social and economic values provided by our forests. It is funded by a portion of the state forest products harvest tax.
Through the following programs, OFRI provides information about forestry topics of broad public interest, including clean water, responsible forest management and minimizing fire risks:
- classroom programs and field activities for K-12 students
- professional development and curriculum support for teachers
- tours demonstrating contemporary forest practices
- conferences, publications and scientific research on forest topics
- workshops that help landowners manage their forests according to best practices
- displays, interpretive programs and tours at the Rediscovery Forest
- online resources with information about Oregon’s forests and forest management
- tours, workshops and conferences to promote the use of wood products
Revenue to support the Oregon Forest Resources Institute’s educational programs comes from a portion of the forest products harvest tax, which is paid by forest landowners and is based on the amount of timber that they harvest. The Institute does not receive state general fund money.