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Sustainable Forestry


Forest Sustainable Image

Sustaining Forest Economy

Sustaining Forest Society

Sustaining Forest Environment

Oregon’s Great Forest Resource

What is Sustainable Forest Management?

Forest Certification Systems

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Sustaining Forest Economy - Forest Sector Contribution

Many communities throughout Oregon, especially those in rural areas, and those near the state’s vast 30 million acres of forestland, rely on the surrounding forests for their livelihood and recreation.

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Sustaining Forest Society - Communities & Forest Users

Nearly half the state of Oregon is forested—a total of 30 million acres of forestland. The forest sector remains a resilient and vital contributor to the state’s economy, especially in rural communities surrounded by forests.

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Oregon’s laws governing forest resource protection and land use ensure the viability of Oregon’s private forests into the future—through best practices and important environmental protections during forest operations.

Oregon’s Great Forest Resource

Oregon’s productive forests are an amazing resource. Wood from sustainably grown trees is renewable, recyclable and is the primary material in thousands of products American’s use daily. Through professional forest management and protective laws, Oregon has maintained and improved our forestland for over a century, while at the same time, supplying the world with this remarkable and sustainable material.

As a leading forestry state, Oregon proudly achieves this production while enhancing stewardship of the forest environment, abundant recreation uses and prosperous communities. But this careful balance is hard work. Pressure to convert our forestland to other uses is great, and some interest groups seek to thwart the responsible forest management by experienced professionals.

“Protecting” forests may mean no management to some people living in cities far from the forest. But in reality, active forest management is the most important means to protect Oregon’s forest capacity to continue producing so many benefits valued by Oregonians and all Americans. Management by experienced forest professionals not only decreases tragic losses to unwanted wildfire and forest health decline, but professional management supports the balance sought by Oregonians today and future generations.

Keeping Oregon’s forestland in forests—and producing their abundant benefits—will demand the focus of public policy that encourages the continuous growing, tending and harvesting for many forest benefits. Effective Oregon and federal forest policies must foster landowner stewardship, business profit, and community prosperity, so we can have the three components of forest sustainability: 1) healthy forest ecosystems; 2) a thriving forest sector economy; and 3) a self-sufficient rural society and ample forest recreation.

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At a minimum, forests managed for timber production are considered sustainable when annual harvest does not exceed annual forest growth. Additionally, sustainable practices include managing for forest resource values such as fostering good water quality and fish habitat, protecting viewsheds, planting young trees soon after harvest, respecting wildlife habitat, and nurturing special sites (cultural, geologic & ecological).

Sustainable forestry means that managed forests and operations meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs, by practicing a land stewardship ethic that integrates reforestation and the managing, growing, nurturing and harvesting of trees for useful products and ecosystem services (such as conservation of soil, air & water quality, recreation, aesthetics, biological diversity, wildlife, aquatics and carbon).

The Oregon Board of Forestry has defined sustainable forest management as, “forest resources across the landscape are used, developed, and protected at a rate and in a manner that enables people to meet their current environmental, economic, and social needs, and also provides that future generations can meet their own needs.” [Forestry Program for Oregon, 2003]

Forest Sustainable Image Here in Oregon, there are several strong land stewardship ethics existing that assure private and state forest management or logging indeed remains sustainable, including the following mechanisms:

  • Oregon’s state forest and forest business laws – Landowners & operators keep forests sustainable & protect the environment by compliance with Oregon’s comprehensive Forest Practices Act & Rules, industrial fire regulations, chemical & petroleum use rules, smoke management & burning rules, transportation laws, safety & labor laws, land use laws, harvest & property taxes, and many other state laws. (enforced by Oregon Dept. of Forestry, Oregon-OSHA, Oregon Dept. of Transportation, OR Bureau of Labor & Industries, Oregon Dept. of Revenue, County Tax Assessors, and other Oregon state agencies)
  • Private forest certification systems – Many Oregon landowners and manufacturers keep forests sustainable by voluntarily adhering to additional standards and principles proscribed by globally-recognized forest management certification systems, such as the Sustainable Forestry Initiative(SFI), American Tree Farm System (ATFS), or Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). (certified private forest standards enforced by third-party certification auditors)
  • Private forest professional certification systems – Many Oregon foresters, logging operators, and forest specialists keep forests sustainable by voluntarily adhering to additional standards and principles proscribed by nationally-recognized professional forestry certification programs or professional codes of ethics, such as the Certified Forester(CF), Association of Consulting Foresters (ACF), Oregon Professional Loggers (OPL), Master Logging Professionals (MLP), Certified Civil Engineer (CE), Society of American Foresters member (SAF), and other forest resource certifications or professional codes. (private professional standards enforced by certifying organizations)
  • Forest landowner operational contracts – Operators who conduct forest operations keep forests sustainable by following contracts, forest plans and objectives, prepared by the forest landowner and/or service purchaser. (enforced by forest landowners or purchasing entity)

Oregon forestlands and forestry management operations are subject to a broad set of laws, rules and guidelines that to ensure sustainable forest management practices. One of those laws, Oregon’s Forest Practices Act was the nation’s first comprehensive forest law, and through periodic scientific upgrades, remains one of the most effective and strongest.

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Many Oregon forest landowners voluntarily participate in internationally-recognized forest management certification programs to provide additional verification of sustainable forestry. These private forest management and forest product certifying organizations require participants to adhere to standards of long-term forest management, sustainable forestry, as well as normal compliance with state, federal, and local forest laws & regulations. Certifiers utilize independent third-party auditors to verify standards compliance.

Three primary certifiers operate in Oregon: American Tree Farm System, Forest Stewardship Council, and Sustainable Forestry Initiative. The internationally recognized European-based Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) endorses both ATFS and SFI.

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American Tree Farm System (ATFS)

American Tree Farm System – 887,000 acres certified in Oregon (2012)

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Forest Stewardship Council – 567,000 acres certified in Oregon (2012)

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Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)

Sustainable Forestry Initiative – 3,229,000 acres certified in Oregon (2012)