In 2003, the Oregon Board of Forestry revised its strategic forest policy document, the Forestry Program for Oregon, and incorporated into state policy an internationally recognized framework for measuring and discussing sustainable forest management.
In March of 2005, the Board of Forestry's ad hoc Sustainable Forest Management Advisory Committee was appointed from a broad range of stakeholders and given the charge to:
1. Coordinate with technical experts to reach both strong policy and technical consensus on a set of recommended sustainable forest management indicators for use in measuring Forestry Program for Oregon implementation progress.
2. Solicit and summarize broad stakeholder input on both the usefulness of the recommended indicators and potential desired future outcomes for these indicators.
3. Provide advice to the Board of Forestry both on recommended indicators and desired future outcomes.
4. Provide advice to the State Forester on future Forest Assessment Project priorities.
The committee met for the first time in Salem on April 27 mostly to get oriented and organized. In addition to biological diversity, indicators will be developed for forest ecosystem health, social and economic benefits, forest productive capacity, soil and water resources, and legal and institutional frameworks (matching the seven strategies in the Forestry Program for Oregon).
Additional information about the committee and the project, including background, project planning, committee membership and meeting information, and core indicator development, can be accessed on the web page for the Sustainable Forestry Indicators Project.
About the photos used on this web page:
All of the photos on this web page were taken by Arlene
Whalen, Public Affairs Specialist with the ODF Agency Affairs Program,
at the Hinkle Creek Research and Demonstration Area in southern Oregon.
Hinkle Creek is a cooperative research project jointly being
conducted by Oregon State University and Oregon Department of Forestry
on private lands owned and managed by Roseburg Forest Products.