Natural Resources Agencies - State
|Technical assistance from experts||Person-to-person advice from peers||Grants and financial assistance||Classes||Online resources|
|ODF Private Forests Program||
|Oregon Forest Resources Institute||
|Network of Oregon Watershed Councils and Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board||
|Oregon Association of Conservation Districts||
To find your stewardship foresters visit:
The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Private Forests Division assists landowners to develop healthy productive forestlands, healthy watersheds, and prevent wildfires. Regional Stewardship Foresters are the primary contact for private forest owners. Stewardship Foresters collaborate with forestry and natural resource experts to help landowners effectively manage their forests. While Stewardship Foresters can enforce forestry laws, they prefer working with landowners to develop and implement forest management plans that are effective and balanced.
Landowners and Stewardship Foresters work together from planting to harvesting and everything in between. Stewardship Foresters work with landowners on over 18,000 private forestland sites every year to protect forest and water resources. Landowners often rely on them to help plan for:
- Planting, harvesting, or thinning forests;
- Managing brush, weeds, insects, and other pests;
- Doing controlled burns and slash disposal;
- Constructing and maintaining roads; and
- Improving streams and wildlife habitat.
These and other activities may require landowners to file a Notification of Operation, a Power Driven Machinery Permit, or a Burning Permit, available online.
Prior to submitting the Notification or Permit landowners typically consult with their Stewardship Forester to obtain guidance on technical needs and available local, state, and federal forestry financial assistance programs. Landowners often consult their Stewardship Foresters to develop solutions for harvests near streams, sensitive terrain, and wildlife protection areas.
For additional information, please contact your local Stewardship Forester using the link above
Contact: Mike Cloughesy, director of forestry
Contact: Julie Woodward, forest education
The Oregon Forest Resources Institute is dedicated to raising the public understanding of how forest stewardship meets social, environmental and economic needs of both present and future generations. OFRI’s primary audiences are the general public, K-12 teachers and students, and forest landowners. In the case of landowners, OFRI teams with other organizations, many of whom are members of the Oregon Partnership for Forestry Education. OFRI’s website, KnowYourForest.org, is designed specifically for forest landowners and provides readily available information and education.
OFRI’s library contains many useful publications, including Oregon’s Protection Laws – An Illustrated Manual, which is a visual reference to Oregon’s laws and rules governing forest practices.
OFRI also operates the Rediscovery Forest located at the Oregon Garden in Silverton. This facility serves as a demonstration forest and a venue for landowner training.
Oregon’s watershed councils are voluntary local organizations that work to sustain natural resource and watershed protection. The Network is a way for landowners to locate and contact their local watershed councils.
A map showing location and areas of Watershed Councils is available at: oregonwatersheds.org/councils The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board is a source of funding through the watershed councils.
OACD represents, supports, and strengthens Oregon’s member Conservation Districts through member services, program development, training, leadership development, public education, and government relations.
Oregon’s 46 Soil and Water Conservation Districts provide technical assistance, grants, educational outreach, and other conservation services to landowners, managers, and citizens.
A map showing location and areas of Conservation Districts is available at: www.oacd.org/map.shtml