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Oregon Department of Forestry Vision Statements

The Oregon Department of Forestry will be successful in achieving its mission when Oregon has:

  • Healthy forests providing a sustainable flow of environmental, economic, and social outputs and benefits
  • Public and private landowners willingly making investments to create healthy forests.
  • Statewide forest resource policies that are coordinated among Oregon's natural resource agencies.
  • The Oregon Department of Forestry recognized as an agency operating openly and in the public interest.
  • Citizens who understand, accept, and support sustainable forestry and who make informed decisions that contribute to achievement of the vision of the 2003 Forestry Program for Oregon.
  • Adequate funding for the Oregon Department of Forestry to efficiently and cost-effectively accomplish the mission and strategies of the Board of Forestry, appropriate use of information technology, business management strategies, and Department personnel policies that encourage and recognize employees, allowing them to meet their full potential in providing excellent public service.


The Oregon Department of Forestry Values:

  • Being a leader in professional forestry.
  • Innovation based on sound science.
  • Excellent, efficient, and effective service.
  • The involvement and cooperation of all Oregonians.
  • Honesty and integrity.
  • Individual initiative, effectiveness, and hard work.
  • Respectful, strong, cooperative relationships.
Mission Statement

To serve the people of Oregon by protecting, managing, and promoting stewardship of Oregon's forests to enhance environmental, economic, and community sustainability.


The Oregon Department of Forestry was established in 1911. It is under the direction of the State Forester who is appointed by the State Board of Forestry. The statutes direct the state forester to act on all matters pertaining to forestry, including collecting and sharing information about the conditions of Oregon's forests, protecting forestlands and conserving forest resources.

Specific activities include:

  • fire protection for 16 million acres of private, state and federal forests;
  • regulation of forest practices (under the Oregon Forest Practices Act) and promotion of forest stewardship;
  • implementation of the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds;
  • detection and control of harmful forest insect pests and forest tree diseases on 12 million acres of state and private lands;
  • management of 780,000 acres of state-owned forestlands;
  • operation of a 15-million-tree forest nursery;
  • forestry assistance to Oregon's 166,000 non-industrial private woodland owners;
  • forest resource planning, and, 
  • community and urban forestry assistance.

Oregon's State Forester Marvin Brown

Marvin Brown became Oregon State Forester in June 2003.  The former Missouri State Forester brings diverse experience in forest policymaking at the state, national, and international levels to the job.  He has worked extensively as a professional forester in both the private and public sectors.
As director of the Oregon Department of Forestry, Brown administers the agency under policies set by the Oregon Board of Forestry.  The department provides wildfire protection to 16 million acres of private and public forestland, implements the Oregon Forest Practices Act, and manages 781,000 acres of state-owned forests.  The agency also provides technical assistance to the state's many family forestland owners.
"Oregon has a truly special forest resource that is highly valued by its citizens," says Brown.  "Our job in the department is to work closely with those interests to see that our forests are in a sustainable condition now, and for future generations to come."  
Brown held several management positions within the Missouri Department of Conservation over the course of some 22 years and served the last seven years of his tenure as Missouri's State Forester.

As director of forest policy for Willamette Industries (now merged with Weyerhaeuser) from 1999-2002, he was responsible for certification of environmental standards on the company's 1.7 million acres of forest holdings.  He also developed Willamette's corporate-wide forest policy.  As the CEO's representative, he helped develop and refine the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, an internationally-recognized certification standard for sustainable forest management that is currently in use by major forest products companies throughout the United States and Canada. 
Brown was director of private forestland management for the American Forest and Paper Association prior to becoming Oregon State Forester.  In that position he directed private lands-related policy, and regulatory and legislative activities for the trade association, which represents the forest-products industry in the United States and abroad. 
During his career, Brown has served as technical advisor to the U.S. State Department, and as a non-governmental representative on numerous international delegations to United Nations forest policy negotiations.  As a panel member of the intergovernmental Montreal Process, Brown assisted in developing a set of criteria and indicators of sustainable forestry that are recognized worldwide.
Throughout his career, Brown has served in key forest policymaking roles with several professional associations including the National Association of State Foresters (president in 1998), and the Society of American Foresters (president, 2006), as well as serving on the boards of the Forest History Society and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Inc.
Since assuming the Oregon State Forester position he has been a strong advocate for increased agency involvement in federal lands issues, exploring ways to expand the agency's urban forestry efforts in developed and developing areas, increasing agency involvement in education, and strategically evolving the agency's fire, public lands, and private lands programs to better meet future challenges.
Brown holds both master's and bachelor's degrees in forestry.  He and his wife, Pamela, live in Salem.

More information about the Oregon Department of Forestry's organization, including strategic planning, 2009-11 budget development, tribal/state agency relations, and communications planning can be found on the department's organizational management webpage.


The major program activities of the Oregon Department of Forestry include:
Protection from Fire The goal of the Department's largest program, Protection from Fire, is to devise and use environmentally sound and economically efficient strategies which minimize the total cost to protect Oregon's timber and other forest values from loss caused by wildland fire.
Private Forests Through technical assistance, financial incentives, education, regulation and other tools, this program helps forest landowners manage their lands to meet their objectives. Program responsibilities include implementation of the Oregon Forest Practices Act, which provides for timber harvest using techniques that are consistent with conservation and environmental protection.
State Forests Management The State Forests Program manages 786,000 acres of state-owned forest land in Oregon. The forests are managed in a stewardship manner to producing a broad range of benefits.  These include timber harvest, revenue to local governments and schools, protection of wildlife habitat and other environmental values, and opportunities for recreation and learning.
Resources Planning This program provides information, research, analysis and planning services to assist the Board of Forestry and the department.  These services support the implementation, monitoring and revision of the Forestry Program for Oregon, and help to coordinate forest policy across the department's various programs.
Urban and Community Forestry This program helps Oregon communities plant, care for and manage urban forests, and works to foster public awareness of the contribution of urban forest ecosystems to quality of life, environmental and economic well-being in Oregon cities.  This awareness in turn can help strengthen urban Oregonians' connections to Oregon's broader forest resources and issues.
Administration These services include department-wide executive management and policy direction, as well as support in areas that include finance, human resources, public affairs, information technology and facilities