Natural Resources Agencies - State

Technical assistance from experts Person-to-person advice from peers Grants and financial assistance Classes Online resources
Network of Oregon Watershed Councils and Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board
  • Advice to conserve and improve forest streams
  • Small grants
  • Restoration grants
  • Courses
  • Workshops
  • Youth Watershed Summit
  • Website
  • Publications
  • Technical guides
  • Web seminars
  • Services Marketplace
Oregon Association of Conservation Districts
  • Grants funded through local districts
  • Website
ODF Private Forests Division
  • Stewardship Foresters
  • Field tours
  • Cost-share programs
  • Website
  • Publications
  • Regulations; rule guidance
Oregon Forest Resources Institute
  • Demonstration area
  • Field tours
  • Conferences
  • Workshops
  • Webinars
  • Website
  • Publications
  • Newsletters
  • Blog

Oregon Department of Forestry - Private Forests

To find your stewardship forester visit:

The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Private Forests Division helps landowners develop healthy productive forestlands and 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:


  1. Planting, harvesting, or thinning forests;
  2. Managing brush, weeds, insects, and other pests;
  3. Completing controlled burns and slash disposal;
  4. Constructing and maintaining roads; and
  5. 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

Oregon Forest Resources Institute

Contact: Julie Woodward, Director of Forestry 
Phone: 503-807-1614

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. To encourage sound forestry practices on family forests, OFRI works with other organizations to inform and educate Oregon’s forest landowners. OFRI’s landowner education program offers a variety of training opportunities such as workshops, forest tours and webinars. OFRI also produces educational publications on topics such as clean water, reforestation and fire.

Among the OFRI publications targeted specifically to forest landowners are the “Wildlife in Managed Forests” series, which provides education about balancing forest management with protecting wildlife habitat, and Oregon’s Forest Protection Laws: An Illustrated Manual, offering details and illustrations describing Oregon’s forest protection requirements. 

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 workshops. 

Network of Oregon Watershed Councils and Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board

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: The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board is a source of funding through the watershed councils.

Oregon Association of Conservation Districts

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: