changing forests

Decades ago, forests were viewed as ecosystems undergoing a steady process of maturation that would end in static old growth. Today, that perspective is more nuanced as ecologists recognize that forests are in a constant state of disturbance from the impacts of forces like weather and climate, as well as from human influences that pre-date Lewis and Clark by thousands of years.

Oregon Forests Since 1630

Most of our forestland is still here, but the forests themselves have changed considerably over the last century.
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Who “Owns” the Woods?

Who owns Oregon's remarkably diverse forests largely determines how they are managed.
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Timber Production

Though the majority of our forests are public, most timber comes from private lands; Oregon is a leading producer.
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