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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)

Present Duties

The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) protects about 16 million acres of forest and rangeland from wildfire, manages state-owned forestland, and administers the state Forest Practices Act, a cornerstone of natural resource protection.


Fire protection has been the top priority since the department’s creation in 1911. Today, the agency’s fire protection responsibility includes private and state-owned forests, county forestlands, and, by contract, U.S. Bureau of Land Management forests in Western Oregon. Working with landowners and other partners, the department emphasizes fast, aggressive response, putting out about 95 percent of fires before they grow large and costly.


ODF manages about one million acres of state-owned lands, most of which came into public ownership after extensive logging and fires in the middle of the last century. These forests are being restored, and are managed to produce a full range of benefits—from timber harvest and resulting revenue for public services, to clean air and water, recreation, and wildlife habitat.


The Forest Practices Act requires reforestation after harvest and protects streams, wildlife habitat and other natural resources. Field foresters work with landowners to ensure compliance, and to help owners manage forests to produce benefits that enrich the quality of life for all Oregonians.


ODF employs about 660 people year-round; the workforce roughly doubles in the summer, primarily with the hiring of seasonal firefighters.

 

Agency Subdivisions

Information about this agency's divisions, offices, programs, etc.

 

Contact Information

Mailing Address: 2600 State St., Salem 97310
Telephone: 503-945-7200
Fax: 503-945-7212
General Email: information@odf.state.or.us
Contact: Doug Decker, State Forester
Administrative Rules Coordinator Email: Sabrina Perez
Records Officer Email: Cara Walker
Staff Directory from Oregon.gov
Location Map: by Yahoo! Maps


Legal and Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS Chapters 321, 477, 526, 527, 530, 532
Budget Analysis (PDF) - by Legislative Fiscal Office
Audit Reports - select agency from menu


Records, Publications and General Information

Agency History (PDF) - a detailed history of the agency
Records Retention Schedule (PDF) - a list of the public records kept at the agency
State Archives Holdings - a select list of the agency's records available for research at the State Archives
State Library Publications - a link to the Oregon State Library Catalog